Traditional houseboat

Destination

Kerala – Things to do

Kerala Attractions

Take a backwater cruise

Kerala’s backwaters are a network of lagoons and canals stretching on for more than 900km. In the past they were used to transport goods and cargo. Today you can explore those old trade routes on a traditional kettuvallum houseboat. In the evenings, the boat anchors out on the waters. Lanterns are lit and delicious home cooked food served. When it’s time to sleep, your cabin awaits.

Visit a hill station

They don’t call Kerala “God’s own country” for nothing. The region’s stunning hill stations produce some of the best tea in the country. Rolling hills stretch off into the distance, with plantations cut into the hillside. The air is cool and clear: visit after the monsoon for the full effect.

Experience a festival

Kerala is an incredibly diverse state, home to many different faiths. This makes it a great place to experience one of India’s famous festivals. At Diwali the state blazes with lights. Vibrant Holi is a riot of brightly coloured paints, while Christmas is an astonishing spectacle, with its familiar western tropes given an Indian twist. And at Thrissur Pooram, held to celebrate Lord Shiva, the temple ele-phants are decked out in all their finery.