Things to do in Kerala

Let the lazy backwaters set pace to your day and village folksongs croon to your heart. Let the clarion call of the jungles awaken the wilderness in you. Bathe elephants. Discover remote festivals that leave imprints on your soul. Take your taste buds on rides through flavours they never dreamt existed. Camp in the woods lying awake listening to the symphony of Nature at night and early in the morning let the mountain mists awake you with whispered tales of long forgotten travellers.

Periyar Wild Life Sanctuary

This is the best place to spot Indian elephants which graze on the shores of the reservoir. You can see it by taking a trip on a boat.


Varkala is Kerala's low-key alternative to Kovalam. The attractions are red cliffs, amazing seaviews and ayrvadic treatment centres.

Sacred Art

Vibrant murals such as sixteenth century murals from mahadeva Temple in Ettumanoor form part of the South's rich repertorie of sacred art.

Boating in the Backwater

One can hire a kettuvallam (country barge) or take a local ferry through Kerala's teeming Kuttanad backwater region.

Fishing Villages

Close to Kovalam, but beach life as few western tourists see it: the muslim family village of Vizhinjam.

Kalarippayat Modal art

Kerala unique matial art in practiced in gym throughout the state.

Kerala Ritual Theatre

Kerala in the place to experience kathakal, the State Esoteric Ritual Theatre

Ayurvedic Massage

Treat yourself to a traditional Ayurvedic massage at Kovalam or Varkala.

Drum Orchestras

Ear-splitting Kerala drum orchestras, caparisoned elephant processions, and kathakali recitals make kerala's intense temple festivals totally unique in India.

Christmas in Kerala

Attend Christmas eve mass in Kerala for an insiders glimpse of one of the oldest surviving Christmas traditions in Asia.


Kochi's atmospheric harbourside is strong with elegant Chinese fishing nests.