1.Contemplate the Sunset at Kovalam Beach
Watch the mesmerizing sunset at the Kovalam beach, one of the excellent beaches in Kerala.
Approximately 16 km away from Thiruvananthapuram, the significant captivators here are the Lighthouse Beach, Hawah Beach, and the much hushed Samudra beach.
Lighthouse Beach is the most popular in the Kovalam area.
Vizhinjam lighthouse is the towering lighthouse in Kovalam that provides a captivating panorama of the sea. It is due to this watchtower that the neighboring beach came to be known as the Lighthouse beach.
You can ascend to the apex of the lighthouse with the help of a spiral staircase to reach the top.
Here, all your tiredness goes away as the first gust softly nurtures your face.
From the top of the tower, we see that one side is the sea and the other side is full of greenery everywhere.
From the apex of the lighthouse, one can enjoy the unique as well as the spectacular sunset view from the horizon.
- Timings: The prominent lighthouse can be visited every day between 3PM-6PM.
- Entry Fee: INR 10 Per Person (Indians) & INR 20 Per Person (Foreigners)
- Best Time: During Sunset
- Height: 118 ft (36 meters)
2. Elephant Ride
Kerala is famously known for its parade of tuskers decked up in delightful colors.
But even more interesting than that is riding the back of an elephant in Kerala.
You can tour the surroundings with an elephant ride by the banks of Bharathapuzha River, you can go deep into the jungle for a thrilling wildlife safari, or you can choose to delve into the various plantations of Kerala upon an elephant- there are quite a few options to select from.
You can taste absolute calmness when taking pleasure of an Elephant ride as one is far from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Also, there is no pollution in the interior of the reserve. One can relish the nature at its finest within the reserve, and revel in their elephant ride.
- Duration of an elephant ride: It varies from 30 minutes to 2 hours, relying on the distance you choose to travel.
- Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM
- Cost: INR 350 Per Person
This white tusker ride is one of the most popular things to do in Kerala.
3. Bamboo Rafting
Periyar wildlife sanctuary is one of the remarkably prominent forests reserves of Kerala.
You can either opt for a jungle safari through the reserve or choose a bamboo rafting ride in Periyar Lake.
You get to delve into the flora and fauna of the area and wallow in a bit of tramping as well.
If you keep near to the lakeshore, you have a favorable probability of sighting tigers, elephants and other awesome animals of the wild.
- Duration: It takes about 3-4 hours and offers you to encounter the various charms of the wildlife sanctuary.
- Timings: 7:30 AM to 5 PM
- Cost: INR 1500 Per Person
4. Sail Down Alleppey Backwaters
The backwaters of Alleppey is like the spirit of Kerala.
You can take a houseboat cruise on the backwaters of Alleppey, traversing past the narrow channels, and appreciate the lush greenery.
It is a romantic encounter, regardless of whether you are with your companion, friends, or all alone.
It is a privileged experience that you cannot get anywhere else in the world.
- Best Time to Visit: October to December
- Timings: 12 PM to 5 PM
- Houseboat Tariff: INR 4500 - INR 12,000 (Includes 1-night stay, 3-5 hours cruising, and all meals during the stay)
5. Bird Watching
The lush verdant environment of Kerala is a perfect residence for a huge variety of birds.
It comes as no revelation then that there are more than 500 distinct breeds of birds to be sighted in Kerala.
If you are a birdwatcher, you can pass hours observing the birds in Kerala.
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Periyar, and Thattekad Bird Sanctuary are some of the perfect locations in Kerala to relish bird viewing.
6. Stay in a Treehouse
Staying in a tree house made from biodegradable objects like bamboo etc. set upon a tree, raised above the ground is a one in a million experience to be felt for sure when in Kerala.
When you open the windows, you have birds as your acquaintances and lush scenes of the jungle.
It is an opportunity to get devoted to nature and encounter the pleasure of staying in a Tree House at Wayanad, Munnar, Athirapally or Thekkady.
You can revel in endeavors like rappelling, rock climbing, nature walks and mountain biking.
- Tariffs for tree houses: Always a little expensive because of the huge cost of upkeep. Price ranges from INR 5,000 to INR 8,000 which may rise to INR 10,000 during peak season.
7. Paragliding in Munnar
If you inferred that Kerala is all about peace and composure, you are leaving behind quite a lot.
You can take off over the magnificent hills of Munnar with paragliding when you are in Kerala.
You do not need any training for this breathtaking affair. All you need is some bravery and confidence on your paragliding navigator.
Floating over the hills and experiencing a bird’s eye view of the lavish green plantations is a hypnotizing episode.
- Best Place for Paragliding: Chithirapuram
- Timings: 11 AM to 4:30 PM
- Duration: 20 minutes
- Cost: INR 3,500 Per Person (Approximately)
8. Trek to Chembra Peak, Wayanad
If you are fond of trekking, you would take pleasure in a trek to Chembra peak in Wayanad. It is the topmost peak in Wayanad with an altitude of 2,100 meters.
The hike is comparatively easier, and it takes you through some luscious verdure of Wayanad.
The apex of the peak provides some marvelous glimpses of the valley below. From the crest, you can see the entire Wayanad with its blend of tea and coffee plantations and forests.
But the main feature of the hike are the clouds which envelopes the mountain nearly all times of the year. On a cloudy day, visibility is hardly 100 meters.
- Duration: 4-7 hours
- Best Season: September to February
- Timings for Permission: 7 AM to 2 PM
- Cost: INR 500 for a group of 10 members
9. Cycling in Munnar
One of the great modes to traverse the luxuriant greenery of Munnar is to go for a cycling journey in the region.
Rent a cycle and delve into the tea and coffee estates of Munnar, and get a glimpse of the rural style of life of Kerala.
It is an eco-friendly alternative of analyzing the charm of Kerala, and an alluring one too.
- Rental Charges: INR 300 per day
10. Munnar Tea Garden Tour
If you believe only Darjeeling is related with tea in India, then consider again.
Munnar in Kerala is an essential component of India’s tea commerce.
There are around 30 different tea plantations in Munnar, producing great quality of tea.
Plan a visit to Munnar tea garden, find out about the different sorts of teas, and pass some time in the middle of nature, literally.
11. Relax on Varkala Beach
For all those who are willing to get an Andaman feel in Kerala, Varkala Beach is one of the right gambles, leaving besides an Ayurveda massage.
Varkala Beach is a nostalgically attractive beach situated on the border of Thiruvananthapuram.
You can relax on the beach and appreciate the tides crashing against the rocks, or you could delve into the 2000 years old Vishnu Temple here.
As it is believed that taking a dive here will forgive you for all the sins, so do not skip to take a dip.
12. Parunthumpara Trek
Parunthumpara or the Eagle Rock Trek is a nearly unexplored trekker’s port, close to Peerumade where you can relax, satiate in an allure of thrilling sports or absorb the astonishing scenes of the infinite pastures and valleys beneath.
The trail takes you to a standpoint near to Peermade in Idukki district.
The viewpoint presents amazing landscapes of deep channels, luxurious valleys, and the Trishanku Hills.
This trek is the best option for those who desire to spend a holiday off the beaten track and to discover the hidden and the uncharted beauty of the untouched forests around.
Parunthumpara has been alluring a huge amount of domestic tourists during weekends.
13. Watch Snake Boat Race
Seeing the multi-colored Snake Boat races in Alappuzha is one of the best things to do in Kerala.
Each year, in the months of August and September, particularly during Onam festival, the serene backwaters of Kerala come alive with the intensity and excitement of snake boat races.
Thousands crowd the backwaters to encourage their dearest team on to the finish line.
The 130 feet long snake boats are full with hundred rowers each, who row in an alliance at furious speeds.
You can even hire a boat to watch the race from nearby.
You can visit Kerala during the months of August and September, and cheer for your favorite team.
The two most famous teams in the snake boat races of Kerala are:
- Champakulam and
- Jawahar Thayangari