Ever since I have started blogging, I have been writing only about my Europe trip and have completely neglected the beautiful places in my own country, India. So today I decided to rectify this and start writing about India as well. And what better place to start this then from the southern state of India – Kerala.
Kerala is a land of riveting diversity and the more you start reading about it the more you realise that it has a lot to offer to anyone who wants to visit.
It is a narrow strip of coastal territory in the southern part of India, that starts from the Western Ghats and ends with the Arabian sea. The topography also changes in between with hills, valleys, backwaters, spice, rubber and tea plantations, beaches, national parks and small islands.
In terms of art, it is known for its beautiful dance forms like Kathakali and Mohini Attam and the famous martial art form of Kalaripayattu.
It is a completely literate state in India and you can find religious places for all communities – Hindu temples, mosques, churches, and even synagogues. It is also the land of ayurveda and is known for some of the best centres for specific treatments.
Since there is a lot to be written on this I have decided to break this into a couple of sections / individual posts and write region / topography wise.
So follow this space for my take on a budget trip to Kerala.
Tips for Trips –
1) There is a lot to see here, so first short list on what your interests are and then decide on what is it that you want to see / do.
2) Decide on the duration of the trip because you can do either short trips of 3 – 4 days to a long trip of 1 – 2 months.
3) On a budget trip, be open to the idea of homestays. Homestays are when you decide to rent a place to stay with local families. There are all kinds of options available and they are clean and safe. Also since you stay with a local family, you get a lot of insights into the local cuisine, customs and to do / see things which are not necessarily tourit’y’.
4) Rent a car and you can drive all over Kerala.