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When we think of travel, Kerala is undeniably the destination made of fairy tales. A jewel of a tourist destination in the southern part of the country, Kerala is known for its alluring charm and beauty. True to its name, Kerala is god’s own country and is one of the most beautiful places with gleaming backwaters, scenic lakes, canals, rivers and lagoons that lie parallel to Arabian sea coast and flow inland in the Kerala coast. India&rsquo Read More

When we think of travel, Kerala is undeniably the destination made of fairy tales. A jewel of a tourist destination in the southern part of the country, Kerala is known for its alluring charm and beauty. True to its name, Kerala is god’s own country and is one of the most beautiful places with gleaming backwaters, scenic lakes, canals, rivers and lagoons that lie parallel to Arabian sea coast and flow inland in the Kerala coast. India’s beloved country Kerala is nothing less than a spectacular paradise of Southern India. Kerala is a brilliant destination year-round and has something for every style of traveler. It’s vibrant, fun, surprising and exciting. But even if you’re swinging by this Keralite city outside of the peak summer season, you’re guaranteed a good time.

Kerala is so much more than merely the various cultures that inhabit it. It’s also a beautiful place, filled with contrasting landscapes that can appeal to a wide variety of sensibilities. There’s just so much to take in, be it world-famous historical sites, pleasant climate, serene backwaters, lovely and tranquil beaches, fascinating flora and fauna, hills draped in mist or the most memorable (and authentic) cuisines you’ll ever come across in a lifetime. Kerala is most famous for its backwaters. The backwaters of Kerala are an interconnected system of canals, lakes and rivers, some natural some man-made – there are 900 km of navigable waterways in total. This beautiful location has inspired a number of films. Holidays to Kerala offer the opportunity to enjoy the kindness of its people, always ready to engage in a conversation and open the doors for you to immerse yourself in their customs and culture.

Besides, Kerala makes for an ideal destination for honeymoon packages. The very natural beauty of the state in the form of its layered landscapes, dreamy backwaters, breath-taking hill stations, lush-green plantations, exotic beaches, and lovely resorts for couples makes it really very romantic. Most of the honeymoon packages from India would include one city for sure - Kerala. Some of the famous Kerala honeymoon destinations are Munnar, Alleppey Houseboats, Thekkady wildlife sanctuary, Kumarakom Backwaters and Kovalam Beach.

Many choices welcome you to God’s own country. Experience an ayurvedic massage and taste the South Indian exotic cuisines that awaken the taste buds. Our budget Kerala tour packages are available online for you at best prices. You are all up for a journey that is going to make you fall in love with the destination invariably. So enjoy your days with your family here and take back lifelong memories.

Here’s a glimpse of what’s in store for you and all the information you need to pick the right Kerala holiday package for you.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

Kerala is an all season destination! No matter which time of the year you travel, its exquisite beaches, enthralling backwaters, magnificent tea plantations and vibrant festivals make it an amazing Indian destination to witness India’s natural beauty as well as cultural splendor. Each season in Kerala is one of a kind making it a perfect choice for vacationers who are wanting various types of travel encounters in each of these seasons. Yet, the best time to visit Kerala is very much based on the purpose of your visit and personal preferences.

  • Offseason from March to May (Summer) - This is the off season in Kerala with regards to tourism. During summer, Kerala is very hot with temperatures averaging around 29 degree and can go up to 42 degree. If you are looking for cheap rates and budget trip, this is a good time to visit Kerala. However, sight-seeing may be a problem as the hot weather makes it difficult to move around and explore its beautiful places.
  • Monsoon Season from June to August - Rains are torrential in Kerala. However, many travelers consider the monsoon season to be the best time to visit Kerala. People looking for Ayurvedic treatments and wellness programs in Kerala target this season. The mix of hot and cold weather serves the treatment programs well. The rains may affect your sight-seeing itinerary but if you wish to stay in one place in a comfortable resort, monsoon is a great time to visit Kerala.

 

  • Peak Season from September to February - At this time, the weather is pleasant, comfortable and the sky remains clear and hence offers a best travel experience. Kerala’s hill stations and plantations are lush green and its backwaters are simply marvelous. The winter that follows brings pleasant temperatures that are ideal for sight-seeing and exploration. In this season, the weather will be superb to see and move around. A large portion of the best hotels/resorts in Kerala are sold out during this season particularly in the week on Christmas and New Year, hence it is advisable to book your Kerala tour package way in advance to avoid unavailability issues and high surcharges.

FLIGHTS TO KERALA

There are three major airports in Kerala with flights operating to domestic and international destinations bringing in tourists from all over the world. The airports are namely:

  • Trivandrum International Airport in Thiruvananthapuram district
  • Cochin International Airport in Nedumbassery in Ernakulam district
  • Calicut International Airport in Karipur in Malappuram district
  • Kannur International Airport in Mattanur in Kannur district.

Major Airlines operating regular direct flights include Air India, Indigo, Go Airline, Vistara and Air Asia among others. Akbartravels.com offers thousands of flights from the top notch and low cost airlines bringing you all the best deals on flight tickets to Kerala and other exciting destinations across the world. All these airlines are connected to almost every major city of India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad etc. 

HOTELS IN KERALA

Enjoy a stay in a hotel in Kerala for an experience like no other while visiting this charming city. There are many cheap hotels and room booking deals to choose from when selecting accomodation in Kerala. Akbartravels.com has the best prices on Kerala hotels, resorts, villas, hostels & more and offers luxury as well as incredible budget-friendly accommodation options. Our Kerala holiday packages include best hotels at the lowest prices. Compare over 1 million properties in Kerala; find the perfect stay, and book hotels online in a few simple steps. Let our Travel Experts be your guide in finding the best Kerala travel packages that fit your preference and style, as well as discount rates on Kerala flights and hotel bookings.

BUDGET

There are plenty of places to see and explore in Kerala. Depending on your need and budget, you can choose from our multiple Kerala tour packages.

Tip: If you are on a tight budget, plan your Kerala trip in off season. March, April and May are considered the off season and are great months to find hotels, flights and activities with lower prices. Keep an eye out for our midweek travel deals.

WHAT TO SHOP IN KERALA

Shopping in Kerala has its own charm and beauty. The state is prominent for its handlooms, gold ornaments and spices. In Kerala, you can shop for spices, banana chips, cashew nuts, tea & coffee nuts, Kasavu (Kasaragod) sarees, Nilavilakku (traditional lamp), Aranmula Kannadi (metal mirror), mural paintings, handicraft products made from coconut shells, wood, clay and cane, elephant showpieces, snakeboat models, coir products such as rugs, carpets and mats made from coconut husks, Ayurveda medicines, cosmetics and wellness products. The famous spices you can buy from here are cloves, turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, pepper, ginger, vanilla, rosemary, and the list is almost endless. On your all-inclusive Kerala tour packages, you can buy all these things and have an exciting vacation in Kerala.

WHAT TO EAT IN KERALA

Rice, coconut and fish are the most common ingredients of almost all Kerala famous food. The flavours are enhanced with tapioca, chillies and spices like black pepper, cloves, cinnamon and ginger. Coconut, seafood and spices feature heavily, and combine together to give Kerala's food its own flavour. The Portuguese introduced cassava is now widely eaten in Kerala. The most famous food of Kerala is the Sadhya, served at the Hindu festival Onam and consisting of boiled rice and a host of vegetarian dishes  topped with payasam or pradhamans, the delicious sweet dessert, all served on a banana leaf.

Some of the top dishes you must try when in Kerala:

Appam with stew, Puttu and kadala curry, Vattayappam, Idiappam, Karimeen pollichathu (pearl spot fish), Malabar parotta with Kerala beef curry, Erissery or pumpkin and lentil curry, Palada payasam (dessert), Thalassery biriyani, Kerala prawn curry (chemmeen moilee), Fish moilee, Pazham pulissery, Pazham pori, Ada pradhaman

AKBAR TRAVELS RECOMMENDED BEST KERALA TOUR PACKAGES

We create unique tour packages that help travelers to Kerala experience the breadth and depth of the city’s offerings. Your journey will be private and customized based on your schedule, budget, and interests. Whether you want to spend time exploring the backwaters, beaches and culture of Kerala or you crave the adventure of a wilderness safari, we’ve got packages that help you experience the best of a wonderful city.

All our Kerala tour packages have been carefully put together to include the highlights of each region and take away the hassle of having to plan things for yourself. With all the details taken care of including flights, accommodation and transfers, all you need to do is just have a great Kerala holiday.

Get inspired by our most popular Kerala itineraries below and book now for huge savings:

Kerala Tour Packages

Day/Night

Price

Munnar Short Break

2 Nights / 3 Days

Rs.10,000/-

Thekkady Short Break

2 Nights / 3 Days

Rs.10,500/-

Taj Malabar Resort and Spa Kochi Kerala

2 Nights / 3 Days

Rs.11,210/-

Munnar Thekkady Short Break

3 Nights / 4 Days

Rs.13,000/-

Munnar Alleppy Short Break

3 Nights / 4 Days

Rs.14,900/-

Thekkady Alleppy Short Break

3 Nights / 4 Days

Rs.14,900/-

Taj Kumarakom Resort and Spa Kerala

2 Nights / 3 Days

Rs.16,520/-

Splendid Kerala

4 Nights / 5 Days

Rs.16,800/-

Taj Green Cove Resort and Spa Kovalam Kerala

2 Nights / 3 Days

Rs.17,110/-

Colours of Kerala

4 Nights / 5 Days

Rs.17,800/-

Enchanting Kerala

4 Nights / 5 Days

Rs.18,600/-

Extravagant Kerala

5 Nights / 6 Days

Rs.19,600/-

Taj Bekal Resort and Spa

2 Nights / 3 Days

Rs.21,830/-

Memorable Kerala

5 Nights / 6 Days

Rs.22,000/-

The Leela Raviz Sights and Culture Winter Package

2 Nights / 3 Days

Rs.25,800/-

Experience Kerala

7 Nights / 8 Days

Rs.30,600/-

Taj Bekal Resort and Spa Kerala

3 Nights / 4 Days

Rs.30,975/-

Best of Kerala

8 Nights / 9 Days

Rs.34,500/-

 

TOP ATTRACTIONS IN KERALA

If you have ever felt that your holiday photos never quite capture what you felt at that moment, just wait until you take our tour to Kerala. To travel to Kerala is a treat for the senses, as vibrant blue skies, tranquil backwaters, picturesque hills and crisp sea breeze adorned with a rainbow palette of colours are sure to leave you revitalized and safe in the knowledge that you, yourself, have stumbled upon paradise. The land is also an example of a lively cultural offering, as you will discover in your carefully curated Kerala itinerary. Don’t skip out on these incredible sights in Kerala! Make sure at least a few of them make your list of places to check out on your next Kerala vacation.

Athirapilly Waterfalls

Kerala is known for its extraordinary natural features, especially the ones connected to water. The waterfalls in this region are out of this world. Athirapilly is the place where you can enjoy the beauty of rivers, waterfalls and dense forest. Located 60 km away from the Thrissur district of Kerala, Athirapilly waterfalls is considered the highest waterfall in Kerala. The falls which are akin to the Niagara Falls offer a grand view of Chalakudy River falling from approx 330 feet. Surrounded with lush green vegetation and fresh local jungle air, the waterfall is a beautiful natural water spring with strong currents. The Falls from an equally good height pierce through furious rocks down to the rock-beds, creating water-sparks. There are two more interesting waterfalls nearby Athirappilly known as Vazhachal Falls and Charpa Falls that should not to be missed on your Kerala trip.

Things to do: Sightseeing, trekking, swimming, waterfall hopping

Fort Kochi

About 13 kilometers from Ernakulam is Fort Kochi where the surfaced roads are lined with attractive and well-preserved colonial structures originally built by the Portuguese, Dutch, and British who inhabited the area in the days of yore. Fort Kochi (Fort Cochin) is one of the three main urban regions that constitute the present day Kochi city in Kerala, India. This region is also frequented for its several vintage shops and its iconic traditional Chinese fishing nets, the silhouettes of which look stunning against the setting sun. The Chinese Fishing nets use a special mechanism to catch fish. Believed to have been brought by from China by traders of Kubalai Khan's Court, they are still functional today and are used at high tide. Even a casual stroll through Fort Kochi located in the port city of Kochi in Kerala is enough to make you feel transported to another world and time.

Things to do: Chinese Fishing Nets, Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace), Jew Town and the Paradesi Sinagogue, Sunset Cruise, Kathakali Performance, St Francis Church, Bolgatty Palace, Dutch Cemetery

Eravikulam National Park

How often have you visited a national park in the background of tea plantations? Here is one such national park in the high ranges of Kerala which offers the splendid view of hills with tea plantations - the Eravikulam National Park. Located along the rich Western Ghats in Idukki, it is the first National Park of Kerala. This dense National Park is administered by the Kerala Department of Forests and Wildlife and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This Park is one of Kerala’s finest Wildlife reserves and its exceptional location, nearly 16km from Munnar, makes it an unforgettable experience for any lover of the outdoors. Being the highest peak of South India, the park is breathtakingly beautiful and is easily comparable to the best mountain ranges found anywhere in the world. The park, a spread of 97km across Rajamalai Hills, is a combination of grassland and shola forests. The Atlas moth, the biggest of its kind in the world, is a unique inhabitant of the park. Other rare species of fauna spotted here are the Nilgiri Langur, the Iion tailed Macaque, Leopards, Tigers, etc. A protected area, the sanctuary is divided into three regions – the core area, the buffer area and the tourism area. Visitors are only allowed in the tourism area – Rajamalai – the region lying beyond the road entry into Eravikulam. Private vehicles are not allowed inside. Only few mini buses are operated inside in order to control the environment pollution. The trips are organized by the forest department.

Things to do: Trekking, hiking, waterfalls, sightseeing, wildlife spotting

Vembanad Lake

With 96 km length and 14 km width, Vembanad Lake is ranked amongst the longest lakes in India and the largest lakes in Kerala, and one of Asia's largest freshwater lakes. Being one of the most prominent backwater destinations in Kerala, the Vembanad Lake in Kumarakom welcomes a large number of tourists every year. During the festival of Onam, the backwater witnesses thousands of local people who assemble to celebrate their favourite Chundan Vallams. The lake surrounds the islands of Pathiramanal, Perumbalam and Pallippuram and is a popular backwater stretch in Kerala. Vembanad Lake also called Vembanad Kayal, provides the perfect setting for sightseeing, fishing, boating, and bird watching. A houseboat ride through the Vembanad Lake is the most demanding activity at this backwater destination.

Things to do: Boating, sightseeing, bird watching, fishing, camping

Tata Tea Museum

Munnar is synonymous with producing an outstanding range of fine teas. Opened by the Tata Tea Group in 2005, the Tea Museum meticulously shows the origin and evolution of century old tea plantations in Munnar. The country’s first ever Tea Museum located at KDHP’s (Kanan Devan Hills Plantations Company (P) Ltd), Nullatanni Estate, is just a five-minute drive from Munnar Town. The tea museum is a tribute to its pioneers who transformed Munnar into a major tea plantation centre of Kerala, from the rudimentary tea roller from 1905 to a fully automated tea factory. Officially called Tata Tea Museum, it is also commonly known as Nallathanni Break or Kannan Devan Tea Museum. Here you will understand the whole process from plucking the leaves to packing them. Tasting tea in is another experience worth having. From green tea to black tea, visitors can soothe their palate with delicious variations of tea flavors. Your visit to Munnar hill station will not complete without spending some time in the Tea Museum, exploring the history of the Tea Plantations.

Things to do: Demonstration of tea production, Information on machineries, tea processing and tea tasting, sightseeing, tea plantation tour

Top Station

Top Station is a view point at the highest altitude in Munnar and is located at a distance of almost 40+ km from Munnar. Sharing a border between Kerala and Tamil Nadu, the top station is the highest peak of Munnar dictating an absolute panoramic view of the surrounding areas. From 1,700 m (5577.4 ft) above sea level, the spot allows you to observe India's diverse landscapes, with frequently rolling clouds creating myriad of picture-perfect moments. Adventure lovers can reach the top by trekking through the central village. This place is famous worldwide for the exceptional Neelakurinji flowers, which bloom once in twelve years making a riot of purple-blue hues across the land and adding a powerful fragrance to the tea plantations. Buses operate frequently between Munnar and Top Station. Avoid visiting Top Station between June to October as the roads become slippery on account of the monsoon rains.

Things to do: Hiking, sightseeing, flower spotting, camping

Kerala Backwaters

Kerala is known for many things, like the tea gardens, the spices, the Ayurvedic treatment, but above everything else if there is something that gives the true definition of Kerala tourism, it is the Kerala backwaters. The backwaters in Kerala take you to a tour where your eyes will be presented with remarkable scenes that lay stretched out on the red land. The backwaters, a distinctive feature of Kerala, are popularly known as 'kayals' in Malayalam. These are basically the wide network of canals, lakes, lagoons and rivers extending erratically along the coastal regions. Situated in the south Indian state Kerala boasts a town called Alleppey which is known for its extensive backwaters. On a backwater tour in Kerala, one can actually enjoy the soothing sound of water rippling alongside the houseboat, while drifting on the waterways. The green countryside, swaying palm trees, emerald rice fields and children waving from the banks of the backwaters of Kerala is a sight to behold!

Famous backwater destinations in Kerala are Alappuzha, Kumarakom, Kollam, Trivandrum, Veli, Thiruvallam and Ernakulam.

Things to do: Backwater tour, fishing, sightseeing, cultural experiences

Varkala Beach

Located just over 7 miles from the town of Varkala, and 30 miles from the state's capital Tiruvanantapuram, Varkala is arguably one of the most beautiful pieces of coastline in Kerala. The Varkala coastline is home to the Janardhanaswamy Temple, which dates back over 2000 years, along with the famous natural springs and their supposed medicinal and healing powers. Varkala is also famous for its rolling cliffs, stunning landscapes and the pilgrimage centre of Sivagiri Mutt. The rolling cliff tops are lined with homestays, little boutiques filled with tourist souvenirs and a variety of restaurants with awe-inspiring views across the Arabian Sea. The Varkala beach is also called Papanasham Beach and Papanasham means washing away one’s sins. It is believed that a dip in the holy waters at this beach washes away all of a person’s impurities and sins. Moreover, it is fast becoming a popular health resort with many Ayurvedic massage centres. Beach lovers and honeymooners spend a lot of time at this place because of the beauty clad with the cliffs.

Things to do: Recreational activities, wellness treatments, sunbathing, swimming, parasailing, windsurfing

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Known for its geographical construction, diversity in wildlife and charismatic beauty, the Periyar Sanctuary is one of the popular wildlife sanctuaries in India and attracts visitors from across the world. Situated amidst the picturesque ranges of Western Ghats, Periyar Wild Sanctuary is both a National Park and a Tiger Reserve. Though designated as Tiger Reserve, Periyar is originally known for its wild elephants. In addition, the other animals seen in the Periyar sanctuary are Gaur, Wild Pigs, Sambar, Barking Deer, Mouse Deer, Dole or Indian Wild Dog as well as 45 different kinds of reptiles in the area with 30 snakes, 13 lizard species and 2 turtle’s species. The Nilgiri Langur, Common Langur, Bonnet Macaque, King Cobra and Python are common sights here. The blessed wildlife sanctuary also has a beautiful expanse of water, a 100 year old artificial Lake, which was created to provide water to the local wildlife. The sanctuary covers almost 780 square kilo-meters of area out of which 360 square kilo-meters are covered with ever-green forest. The best season to visit Periyar wildlife sanctuary is from the months of October and June.

Things to do: Animal spotting, boating, trekking, sightseeing, nature walk

Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple

Dedicated to God Vishnu, the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple is a famous Hindu temple located in the city of Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala state, South India. The temple is a mix of Kerala and Tamil architecture. Padmanabhaswamy temple is located on a stone slab and the main idol, which is about 18 ft long, can be seen through three different doors. This temple is a must-visit spiritual tourist destination for travellers. Being one of the sacred 108 Vishnu temples in the country, many Hindu devotees visit this holy place every day.

Things to do: meditation, sightseeing, religious experiences

Palakkad Fort

Palakkad Fort also well-known as Tipu's Fort is an old fort situated in the heart of Palakkad town of Kerala state, southern India. Built in the 18th century by Hyder Ali, a beautiful yet historical monument, the Palakkad fort is one of the best well-preserved forts in Kerala. From the hands of Hyder Ali in 1766 to that of the British Colonel Stuart in 1790, the fort has gone through multiple changes and witnessed the reign of different rulers. The Palakkad fort houses other attractions like the Hanuman’s Temple, Martyr’s Column, a Garden and a Sub-Jail. The majestic forts depict the old tale of bravery and courage. Step into God's own country and see for yourself how it still houses our rich and ancient heritage with pride!

Things to do: Sightseeing, photography

Thiruvananthapuram Zoo

Set among lakes, woodland and lawns, the Thiruvananthapuram Zoo is one of the well-designed zoos in Asia, established in 1857 by the then King of Travancore kingdom to attract tourists. Sprawling over an area of 55 acres of land, the zoo offers a rare opportunity for picturesque surroundings besides a rich collection of wild life. The Zoo has 82 different species of animals from all over India and abroad. Some of the species include the royal Bengal Tiger, Asiatic lion, Leopard, Indian Rhino, Nilgiri langur, poisonous and non-poisonous Snakes along with African Hippos, Giraffes, Zebras and Cape Buffaloes. There is also a Botanical Garden within the zoo premises which has various species of tropical plants and trees. Considered to be one of the oldest zoos of India, a visit to the zoo at the heart of the city is highly recommended.

Things to do: Wildlife spotting, flowers, sightseeing

BEST PLACES TO VIST IN KERALA

We offer the best Kerala itinerary to all kinds of travelers which are rich in experiences and cover a wide range of places to visit in Kerala.

Munnar

If you want to experience the feeling of being in the middle of nowhere but surrounded by scenery that gets your heart beating, Munnar is the place to be. Blessed with nature at its glorious best, Munnar is an ideal escape for leisure travellers as well as honeymoon seekers. Located at a height of 5000 to 8000 ft above sea level, Munnar Hills is where the meeting of three mountain streams – Mudrapuzha, Nallathani, and Kundala takes place. Its boisterous greenery, breath-taking waterfalls and expansive plantations are a feast to the eyes. Munnar is most famous for the rare Neelkurinji flowers that blossom once in 12 years and spreads like a sparkling blue carpet covering the beautiful hills.

Set on for a trip to Munnar and who knows you could witness the rare Neelakurinji flower!

Best time to visit: Though, Munnar being a hill station enjoys a good climate all-round the year, the perfect time to plan a trip to Munnar is between October and March. Winters (December to February) are great for adventures like rock climbing, trekking and rappelling. Summer (March to May) is best for a tea estate visit and monsoons (June to September) are the best time to see Munnar’s rain-washed beauty and charisma.

Things to do in Munnar: Adventure, trekking, wildlife spotting, sightseeing, food, relaxation, cultural experiences.

Places to see in Munnar: Top Station, Echo Point, Attukad Waterfalls, Kundala Lake, Mattupetty Dam, Eravikulam National Park, Anamudi Peak, Blossom Park, Chokramudi Peak, Tata Tea Museum, Cheeyapara Waterfalls.

Alleppey

Alleppey in Kerala is well known for backwaters. Locally Alleppey is known as Alappuzha which means the land between the sea and network of rivers flowing into it. True to its word, backwaters which have made Alleppey famous all over the world is in fact the network of rivers flowing back to land. The city of Alleppey was termed “Venice of the East” by Lord Curzon due to the striking backwaters, short canals, lagoons, and beaches. The crystal clear backwater ride surrounded by the fresh green paddy fields, with a toast to the delicious seafood and toddy – Here lies the Venice of the East. Venice is best known for possessing the water canals out of the worldly charm. But as we all might know that Venice is expensive, instead why not visit the Venice of India – Alleppey. There is nothing like doing a houseboat cruise in Alleppey backwaters. It is not only a fabulous way of exploring the fascinating beauty of the backwaters, the small villages and the lives of the people living there but also a way to connect with oneself and the nature around. We offer cheap Kerala tour packages with houseboat tours to make your holiday experience a truly indelible and memorable one

Best time to visit: October to February

Things to do in Alleppey: Sightseeing, temples, beaches, food, relax, cultural experiences.

Places to see in Alleppey: Alappuzha Beach, Karumadikkuttan, Marari Beach, Kerala Backwaters, Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple, St. Mary Forane Church, Vembanad Lake, Kuttanad, Pathiramanal, Krishnapuram Palace

Varkala

Varkala is a small coastal town in in the suburbs of Thiruvananthapuram district situated in the Indian state of Kerala and is known for its several ayurvedic treatment centres and spa. Varkala is the only place in southern Kerala where cliffs are found adjacent to the Arabian Sea. Here you’ll spot numerous water spouts and spas on the sides of these cliffs. The water in the Varkala beach is known for its natural spring water which has many curative values. This hippie cliff-town presents the perfect laid-back vibe in southern Kerala. Scattered with yoga studios, wellness retreats and cultural programmes, Varkala is the perfect place to indulge in a bit of soul searching and relaxation.

Best time to visit: January to May

Things to do in Varkala: Ayurveda spas and clinics, ddventure, surfing, parasailing, boating, sightseeing, coconut-spied Keralite food, relaxation, cultural experiences.

Places to see in Varkala: Varkala beach (Papanasam beach), Sivagiri, Janardana Swami Temple (2000 year old), Varkala cliff, Kappil beach, Kappil Lake, Varkala Tunnel

Thekkady

With serene countryside, rich plantations and dense forests, the hill station of Thekkady is one of the top tourist destinations in Kerala. Located in Iduki district of Kerala at an altitude of 700-900 metres above sea level along the banks of Periyar, it has all the ingredients in right measure: fun, adventure, nature and wildlife. Mainly, Thekkady is popular for being a wildlife destination. The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary may be a major traveller attraction. This sanctuary is spread over a region of 777 Sq.Kms, surrounded by an artificial lake over an area of 25 Sq.Kms. Other than exploring the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary or enjoying a boat ride in the Periyar Lake, you can find many other attractions in this hill station. Thekkady is a destination for adventure enthusiasts, nature and wildlife lovers and photography enthusiasts.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit Thekkady is between October to March, as the climate is comparatively cooler and ideal for sightseeing, especially for sightseeing in the forest. It is also around this time of the year the tourist festivals are also conducted.

Things to do in Thekkady: Trekking, mountain walks, boating, jeep safari, Jungle patrol, bamboo rafting.

Places to see in Thekkady: The Periyar National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary, Mullaperiyar, Kadathanandan Kalari & Navarasa Kathakali, Vagamon, Kurisumala, Parumthumpara, Mangla Devi temple, Green Park Ayurvedic & Spice Plantation, Chellarkovil viewpoint, Periyar Tiger Trail.

Wayanad

Fondly stated as the ‘Eden’ of “God’s own Country”, Wayanad with its emerald paddy fields and rolling plantations of tea and spices is a visual delight that is both spellbinding as well as emotionally & mentally uplifting. A relatively unspoiled hill station in Kerala, Wayanad is also known for the eco-tourism initiatives and rejuvenating Ayurveda facilities. The main attractions of Wayanad are the beautiful, thick forests and the winding roads through the forests. There are several small waterfalls, lakes, boat rides and the famous wildlife sanctuary for you to visit. Kuruva Islands is a beautiful island which can be accessed through country style bamboo raft, which is an experience by itself. Replete with lush greenery and home to incredible biodiversity, Wayanad is suitable for all types of travelers – be it couples, friends, or families.

Best time to visit: October to May

Things to do in Wayanad: Wildlife spotting, ziplining, cycling, temple visit, sightseeing, Ayurvedic treatments.

Places to visit in Wayanad: Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, Edakkal Caves, Pookode lake, Soochippara Waterfalls, Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary.

Kumarakom

If you’re dreaming of visiting one of those picture-perfect Kerala cities filled with old-world charm, unbelievable scenic beauty, or perhaps both, where do you begin your search for the best destinations? Kumarakom! Set to the backdrop of the Vembanad Lake, the largest freshwater lake in the state of Kerala, Kumarakom is a cluster of small islands offering a wide diversity of water and nature activities. The Vembanad Lake is a long meaningful sentence that describes its own beauty, punctuated by the defined and elegant commas of palm trees, now mysteriously dark, simultaneously saintly and romantic. Situated about 13km away from Kottayam, it's a sleepy village that is home to a range of flora and fauna and offers tremendous sightseeing, fishing and boating experiences. Kumarakom is the perfect destination to experience the famous backwaters of Kerala, enjoying picture perfect scenery that comprises of winding lagoons, coconut trees, and continual rows of paddy fields. The lake and its surrounding areas can be best explored on a houseboat. According to the National Geographic Magazine, the backwaters of Kumarakom are one of the places which should be definitely visited during a lifetime.

Best time to visit: November to February

Things to do in Kumarakom: Houseboat ride, bird watching, Ayurveda Spa, kathakali performance, trekking, lakeside stroll, street shopping, fishing.

Places to visit in Kumarakom: Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall, Ayurkshethra Ayurvedic Wellness, Spice Board, Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom Backwaters, Bay Island Driftwood Museum, Kumarakom Beach, Snake Boat Race, Kuthiramalika (Puthenmalika) Palace Museum.

Kovalam

A perfect beach town, known for relaxationn and enjoyment, Kovalam attractions comprise of three crescent-shaped beaches namely Lighthouse Beach, Samudra Beach, and Hawah Beach. All three beaches are unique and are known for their engaging and exciting activities. The most prominent of the three beaches here is the Lighthouse Beach with its candy-stripped lighthouse at one end. Hawa Beach to the north is popular with day-tourists and surfers while Samudra Beach, though steep, is where upmarket resorts and restaurants are housed. Apart from the Kovalam beach attractions, the town is also famous for its delicious food items, historic monuments including religious sites like churches, temples, and mosques. Kovalam is one of the biggest ayurvedic wellness centers of Kerala. The centers are well-known for treating patients with different ailments with the help of traditional ayurvedic therapies. Kovalam seems to have something for everyone. A leisurely swim or a surfing lesson, a herbal body massage or a cultural program — take your pick and it’s all there. Take a break from the beach hopping and head to the numerous shopping complexes and ayurvedic health resorts that abound in the beach town.

Best time to visit: November to February

Things to do in Kovalam: Sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programmes and catamaran cruising.

Places to see in Kovalam: Lighthouse Beach, Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave Temple, Padmanabhapuram Palace, Vizhinjam Marine Aquarium, Halcyon Castle, Valiyathura Pier, Edakallu.

THINGS TO DO IN KERALA

Kerala offers lots of tourist interests, such as attractive beaches, verdant hill stations, stunning spice gardens, plentiful tea and coffee estates, rubber plantations, rich flora and fauna, exotic wildlife, lovely lakes, breathtaking backwaters, wonderful waterfalls, architecturally beautiful temples and many other factors. Explore our budget Kerala tour packages and discover a selection of amazing sights and activities In Kerala from incredible wellness retreats to unforgettable houseboat journeys.

Attend the thrilling Aranmula Boat Regatta

Aranmula boat race is the oldest boat race fiesta held in the state of Kerala during the Onam festival in August/September. The first boat race took place in 1972 and continued since then. The boat race is a two day event that takes place in Aranmula, near the temple dedicated to Lord Krishna and Arjuna. More than 25 enormous conventional Palliyodams, that house 100 rowers, 25 vocalists and 15 helmsmen, take part in this race. Each boat is decorated with flags, beautiful umbrellas, and a golden lace. Groups of men and vocalists gather along the banks of river Pamba to sing stridently in a rhythmic manner at Aranmula.

Cruise the Backwaters in a Houseboat

Cruising through the backwaters sedately or at a speed is an experience of a lifetime. The backwaters of Kerala are the best means to have a glimpse of all the beautiful secrets, daily village activities of remote Kerala villages and the typical cool Kerala tranquillity. These backwaters are fed by the vast network of 44 rivers of the state. A trip to Kerala is incomplete without cruising through its fabulous lagoons, canals, waterways and rivulets and untouched, pristine lakes. The entire state of Kerala is fed with rivers, lakes and canals. But places like Kumarakom, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Quilon, Mararikulam, Kollam and Thiruvallam are the most frequented places for the wonderful experience of backwater cruise. Vembanad Lake, the largest of the lakes in Kerala (covering an area of 200 sq km) is another prominent waterway for cruising. A backwater cruise along the palm-fringed waterways of Kerala in a luxury houseboat is one of the most enchanting holiday experiences in India.

Plan a trip to Kerala and enjoy the world's best backwater cruises with our exciting Kerala holiday packages.

Visit a Spice Plantation

Spices have always been a significant fragment of Keralan life. Nowadays the spices are used as the medicinal purpose in Ayurveda along with preparing tasty cuisines of Kerala dishes. Take a stroll in the revitalizing and lush green tea estates or enjoy the exotic aroma of the spices in the various towns of Kerala, the spice land of India. The major spices grown here are cinnamon, cardamom, clove, black pepper, ginger, turmeric, vanilla and nutmeg. The appealing aromas and the spellbinding views pull for a visit to the soul-comforting environs. Pick up a few packets of your favourite spices to take back home with you so that you can add an extra flavour to your homemade dishes.

Rejuvenate to Ayurveda treatment

Looking for Kerala Ayurvedic Treatment? Kerala is the place to be! Ayurveda, the science of life and longevity (Ayur = Life, Veda = Science), is the 5000 years oldest healthcare system in the world and it combines the deepest thoughts of medicine and philosophy. People travel from across the world for Kerala’s famed Ayurvedic treatments. Kerala prides as a getaway destination for those in search of an Ayurvedic haven away from the cacophony of city life. Whether you seek specialised treatments for illnesses or you wish to return home feeling completely rejuvenated, Kerala Ayurvedic treatments cater to your every need. Choose from our over 20 Kerala holiday packages that include signature wellness treatments to rejuvenate your body, mind and soul. Book yourself one and enjoy some much needed self-pampering while listening to the waves of the ocean.

Spend a night on the houseboat.

To experience the beauty of this town, one must spend a night on the houseboat. These are traditional houseboats with thatched roofs but are equipped with all the modern amenities. The houseboat takes you on a journey on the Kerala backwaters through various canals and lakes. They offer wonderful views of the half-submerged paddy fields interposed with lush coconut trees, dense leafy green bushes, waterfalls, plantations of spice and tea, flowering shrubs and twittering birds. Watch the setting sun paint the sky in breath taking colours, the Chinese fishing nets come alive, drop anchor at any place that catch your fancy and the lullaby of the gentle waves put you to sleep. Wake in the morning to the shouts of the fisherman.

Get the luxurious houseboat experience with all modern amenities offered as part of our Kerala tour package. With much leisure promised, Akbar Travels’ Kerala holiday packages are apt for those who love uninterrupted me-time, quietude and nature.

Visit the age old Chinese Fishing Nets

A very popular tourist attraction in Fort Kochi, these Chinese fishing nets (Cheena vala) are one of the most photographed frames in the state. These fishing nets are unique to Kerala and are not found in any other part of India, believed to have been introduced by the Portuguese settlers who brought the nets from their offshore China stronghold of Macau. Fort Kochi is the only location in the entire world outside of China where such fishing nets can be seen in use. Every Kerala tour package includes visiting the fishing net as part of the itinerary. Take a moment and stop to admire how these finely constructed Chinese fishing nets make a catch.

Watch a Kathakali Show

Kathakali’ is a traditional and classical drama originating in Kerala. No trip to Kerala is complete without watching a performance of Kathakali, a traditional dance form from the 17th century. Kerala is home to several traditional arts centre showing kathakali dance performances, Kalaripayattu, as well as other forms of classical dance and music which have been broadcasted on BBC, Discovery and National Geographic. The themes in Kathakali are created on Hindu mythology, particularly the epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata. Explore various shows here to soak up some tradition & art. If you are an art enthusiast, bring alive your taste for dance and drama, and allow your Kerala vacation to enrich your knowledge.

Tour the Tea and Coffee Plantations

The hills and valleys of the state Kerala are dotted with lush green tea and coffee plantations. The Tea and Coffee plantations are also a source of livelihood for thousands of workers. For your Kerala itinerary, a tour in a plantation is a highly recommended activity. Our Kerala tour package takes you to on a visit to famous Tea and Coffee plantations to see and try some variety of Kerala coffees and teas. Enjoy a walking tour through the emerald sceneries of Kerala hill stations, where tea and coffee plantations carpet the landscape. Talk to the workers and gain knowledge about recognizing the quality of tea and coffee. There is so much to learn! While on your tour to Kerala you must accommodate Munnar in your must-visit destinations. There are around 16 tea plantations in Munnar which occupy around 85 sq km of land. Now, isn’t that amazing?

DISCOVER KERALA WITH AKBAR TRAVELS

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