Kerala, God’s own country. A tropical paradise with a bounty of coconuts, fresh fish, gorgeous beaches and friendly locals. There are simply too many amazing things to do and see to put them all on one list, but here’s twenty one you definatly shouldn’t miss.
1. Enjoy a Ayurvedic massage
Actually relaxing, unlike a bite-down-on-a-wooden-stick Thai massage.
2. Climb a coconut tree
Or at least watch someone climb a coconut tree.
3. Wandering past the Chinese fishing nets in Allepey at sunset
4. Stay with a family
You’ll have better food, better service and a more authentic experience than any hotel.
5. Spend a few days on a houseboat
Just something you’ve gotta do.
6. Watch a Kalaripayattu martial art fight
And try not to piss them off.
7. Drink a coconut
Scrap that. Drink a lot of coconuts.
8. Watch a Malayalam movie
It may not be Bollywood, but it’s just as good.
9. Visit the hill stations in Munnar
And drink plenty of tea.
10. Drink a toddy
And forget doing anything afterwards.
11. Take a train ride
It’s one of the most beautiful areas in India to do so.
12. Go on safari in the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
There are elephants. Lots of them.
13. Try payasam
Sweet, milky and delicious.
14. Go bullock racing
Did you see the episode with Gordon Ramsay?
15. Fish with the locals
And catch your supper.
16. Visit the festival of Thrissur Pooram
And try not to get stampeded by elephants.
17. Eat onam sadya
Some of the best vegetarian food you will eat. Ever.
18. Go to a Kathakali dance
A little culture and dance during your stay.
19. Lie back on Kovalam Beach
One of the best beaches in the whole country.
20. Watch a Theyyam performance
A performance that dates back thousands of years is doing something right.
21. Watch a snake boat race
Or try and join in.
What experiences did you enjoy in Kerala? Let us know below.