Kerala is situated at the southeast of India. Not without reason it is called as ‘God’s Own Country’, ‘Paradise on earth’ and ‘Magic land’. This is the most environmentally safe, populous, rich and educated state of India.
Kerala – this is sea shore with excellent sandy beaches edged with palm trees; lagoons, lakes and emerald green backwaters; grand mountains; tropical and mangrove forests; wildlife sanctuaries, spice and tea plantations and so on.
The system of rivers, canals, lakes and lagoons is notable for its calm and pure beauty as well as enchanting slow way of living on the its banks. Taking a trip in the luxurious houseboat has become the most fascinating Indian ‘must do’.
Mountains take out around quarter of Kerala’s territory and are famous for its plentiful flora and fauna. Evergreen forests are growing up there. Gorgeous tea and coffee plantations situated on hills will impress you forever. Rainbow seen at tea plantations is very beautiful.
Ceremonies and colorful festivals that have been formed during Kerala centuries-old history are the most picturesque in India.
Guided tours will help you to regain harmony of the Soul, mind and body and find happiness.
You can make quite short excursions as well as long term ones. You can find some of them listed below.
Short term excursions:
- Children’s aquapark «Veega Land» (one hour by car from Mantra) – it is more than 40 different kinds of swings and rides, water slides and musical fountain.
Just 10 minutes from aquapark is Zoo where you can see different Indian specimens. Here you can find plenty of snakes, peacocks, crocodiles and birds.
- Backwaters or Indian Venice. Kerala is the land of lakes, lagoons and backwaters. This means inner lakes, firths that are twisted along sea shore and form peaceful backwaters connected by rivers and canals.
It is notable for its calm and pure beauty as well as enchanting slow way of living on the its banks. The best way to travel in this water system is by slow rice boat.
- To visit Hindu temples (Shiva temple, Durga temple, Vishnu temple).
- The famous Bekal fort is more than 300 years old and is believed to have been built in the 1650’s by Sivappa Naik of the Ikkeri dynasty, was occupied by Hyder Ali of Mysore and later on by British invaders.
The sea bastion, underground tunnels and the observation tower in the fort are still impressive.
Long term tours:
- Kanyakumari – is located at the southernmost tip of the India and confluence point for Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal and Indian Ocean. Here you can see the unforgettable sunrise in the morning and if you come in the evening you will observe the sunset and the ascending moon.
- Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary – this is the real Paradise for animals and birds seekers. It is the best in Asia and is really famous for its wild elephants. In summer, when water level is falling, elephants are descending to made in XIXth century lake (25 square meters) that has appeared due to dike construction. This lake supplies animals with water the whole year round and tourists can come up to its banks and look at wild animals – this is unique opportunity for them. It was declared a Project Tiger Reserve in 1973. Apart from Elephants, the other animals to be seen in the Periyar sanctuary Kerala are Gaur, Wild Pigs, Sambar, Barking Deer, Mouse Deer, Dole or Indian Wild Dog, plenty of birds and very rarely, a Tiger. Python, Cobra and sometimes flying-lizard also can be seen here.
- The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is located on the islands of the Vembanad Lake. It houses thousands of water birds and migratory birds coming as far away from the North.
- The Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary is located at the small island. It is home to around 500 species of exotic birds.
- Peppara wildlife sanctuary. There is a lot of big hills, evergreen forests and eucalyptus plantations. The different species of birds and wild animals (elephants, leopards, etc.) are found in the sanctuary.
- Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1958 and spread over of 128 sq km is a treasure trove of rich and diverse flora (from tropical wet evergreen to grasslands) and fauna (birds, Sloth Bears, Lion-tailed Macaques, Wild Boars, Nilgiri Langurs etc., etc.). The enchanting Agasthyakoodam Peak at an elevation of 1,890 meters adds more charm to this sanctuary. Boat ride is the best way to explore the Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary.
- Trailing the Tiger.
- Waterfalls. The amazingly beautiful waterfalls of Athirampally (24 m) and Vazhachal.