Things to Do in Kerala

Here is our list of 55 (and counting) things to do in Kerala while you are staying with us. Some won't take a minute and others require a little forethought. See how many you can tick off.

It started as twenty, then became thirty. Presently it stands at fifty five and will soon stand at 100 if we can get there.

A visitor has over 100 things to do. Well, you can at least attempt some of the 55 listed...

1 Ride the Symbol of India

Atop a tusker in Kerala

Feel high and mighty atop an elephant in the forests of Periyar...

2 Forest trek

Trek the forests of Kerala

Go adventure trekking in Periyar Tiger Reserve at Thekkady.

3 Chinese fishing nets

Make quite the sight in the waters of Kerala

You can help at the nets in For Cochin, but it is most fun during the rainy season with a real fisherman, catching actual fish.

4 Fresh catch of the day

Seafood cooked the Kerala way

The recipes are many and the catch includes prawns, squids, mussels and fish. You will surely love the tasty dish made of mussel and rice flour, cooked in the shell.

5 Snake boat race

Boat race with frenzied singing, cheering and synchronised rowing!

Snake boat Race is a sporting event on the backwaters of Kerala that draws large crowd. 

6 Countrycraft cruise

Cruise the inner canals in a country boat

Go on a country craft cruise for a first hand experience of the unhurried pace of life in rural Kerala.

7 Massage to new life with Ayurveda

Therapeutic and deeply relaxing medicinal oil massage

Ayurveda, the science of holistic treatment has its origin in Kerala. 

8 Watch a bullock race

Bulls race to a finish at Kakkoor

Local folks make quick money by placing bets.

9 Bathe in mineral springs

Take a dip in the mineral rich waters of Nelliyampathy and Varkala

Take a dip in the mineral waters of Varkala or in the Nelliyampathy forests in Palakkad.

10 Enjoy local art performances

Unique dance, music and art make Kerala intriguing

Kerala is rich in many local art forms such as Kathakali, Mohiniyattam and Theyyam.

11 Bathe in the Mountain Waterfalls

Waterfalls to splash around in the heat

The crystal clear waters that flow down the mountains of Kerala make a wonderfully refreshing shower.

12 Enjoy water sports

Surf, sail, kayak and more!

Kerala has bountiful beaches and rivers that are thronged by tourists for water sports.

13 Cruise in a houseboat

Cruise the backwaters in a houseboat, stay overnight

A houseboat cruise offers a wholesome 'Kerala' experience, right from getting a peek into the rural life to watching the fishermen at work. 

14 Savor Nature’s Refreshing Tonic

Relish tender coconut water sans any additives

No added flavours, no extra sugar and no preservatives. 

15 A Train Journey To Discover Kerala

Train ride on the Great Indian Railway

Gaze out of the window as the monsoon rains beat down on your face or experience the lively milieu inside the compartment.

16 Acquire an Aranmula Mirror

Pick up a true original piece of art

Only two families in Aranmula have this mirror making know-how, which has been handed down from generation to generation.

17 Treat Yourself To A Fireworks Display

Fireworks are part of the Kerala traditions but the temple ones are unique

Thrissur Pooram (festival) in April or early May is the venue of the largest fireworks display in Kerala. Traditions, age old customs, elephants with pomp and show all add to the festival's fireworks display.

18 Watch Thrissur Pooram - Kerala's Grandest Temple Festival

Biggest, loudest, grandest temple festival of Kerala

Feted as the mother of all festivals, Thrissur Pooram is undeniably the most colourful temple festival of Kerala. Percussion meets pomp with elephant parade, fighting deities and pride all make it a spectacle like no other.

19 For The Art Lovers

Buy a painting from Kerala

Add creative elegance to the walls of your lovely home with these original paintings from the distant land of Kerala.

20 Watch Theyyam

Discover the divine occult temple ritual of North Kerala

The oldest ritual art of Kerala, Theyyam invokes the temple deity with frenzied dance. It is a common feature of temples in North Malabar. 

21 Island Hop in the Backwaters

Island hopping

Visit the innumerable islands or sail through the lagoons. 

22 Enjoy The Temple Music Of Kerala – Panchavadyam

Percussion and orchestra of a different kind

You can catch up with the mesmerizing spell of panchavadyam recitals during a temple festival or religious processions.

23 Pooram (Temple Festival) Spectacles

Enjoy art and cultural events during Pooram

Experience the gaiety of a Pooram. Join in the excitement. 

24 Try A Hand at Percussion Music

Percussion takes the frenzied route in Kerala

Kerala's repertoire of percussion music and instruments is world famous.

25 Eat Cashew Nuts

Tastiest nuts - plain, roasted, salted or more

Cashew nuts come pricey, nonetheless at Kollam you can pick up these exotic nuts at rates that fall easy on your pockets.

26 Live In A Tree-House

Be one with nature living in a tree house near the forest

Fulfill your desire to be with nature; stay in tree-house at Thekkady or in any wildlife sanctuary. The sweet scent of forest flowers will refresh your nerves and mind.

27 Unwind On The Sun Kissed Beaches

Relax and enjoy water sports

Kerala has some of the best beaches in the world. 

28 See How Coir Is Spun, Give It A Try

Watch coconut fibre craft

Watch mesmeric fingers at work with a traditional hand spindle, turning coconut fibres into long ropes.

29 Go Mountain Climbing

Climb mountains in Wayanad and Munnar

Climb up a mountain, get a bird's eyeview, communicate with nature. Chembara peak, 6890 ft from sea-level, is an ideal spot. It is in Vaithiri in Wayanad.

30 Watch The Martial Art Of Kerala Kalarippayattu (Martial Art)

The most ancient martial art in the world

Widely acclaimed as one of the most extensive personal combat forms and the oldest living martial art form

31 Have Fun Paragliding

Enjoy a bird's eye view of lush green Kerala

Swoop over the lush green hills of Munnar on a paraglider.

32 Taste Kerala’s Own Fried Crunch Snacks

Crispy treats in coconut oil

These are good munchies to add fun during a movie or on sightseeing walks.

33 Don’t Forget To Taste The World’s Best Breakfast

Cheap as chips and high on variety

Kerala’s breakfast spread – Idli, dosa, masala dosa, vellayappam, uppuma, puttu. The cost is down cheap. 

34 Taste The Irresistible Drink – Madhura Kallu

Freshly tapped sweet toddy

Do not forget to ask us to arrange a bottle of freshly tapped madhura kallu. Sweet toddy extracted from coconut palm is a must-do in Kerala.

35 Visit The Snake Park

See the King Cobra

The snake park at Parassinikadvu in Kannur is the only snake park in India. 

36 Boat Cruise and Meal in Alappuzha Backwaters

Backwater cruise in Alappuzha

A traditional Kerala lunch with a rich smattering of seafood and fresh fish is served for lunch as the cruise 

37 Explore the Spice Hills

Understand the spice country traditons

Explore the spices lands around Munnar

38 Grab The Village Beauty By A Ride In An Autorickshaw

Go on a tuk-tuk drive

The sprawling open windows on both sides of the tuk-tuk would allow you to take a peek at the typical village sights and sounds unlike in a sealed air conditioned cab. 

39. Embrace God At Maramon

Participate in a Christian convention

 Thousands of devout Christians throng the river bank for spiritual enlightenment.

40 Buy A Gold Ornament

Buy gold jewellery

New fashions and trendy styles hit the Kerala market regularly.

41 Go Souvenir Shopping

Buy wooden craft, coir products, brass figurines and more!

Kerala is rich in handicrafts. Almost all handicraft centres have extra-ordinary collections of wood, coir shell and sandal wood souvenirs, trinkets, jewellery etc. 

42 Taste Palpayasam

Sweet rice dessert

A sweet delicacy. Prepared with milk, rice and garnished with raisins and cashewnut fried in ghee is a delight for the palate. 

43 Watch Arabian Dhow And Its Making

Visit a traditional Arabian wooden boat building yard

Khalasis have been the traditional boat builders based in Malabar region for over 5000 years. 

44 Leisure-Walk In Fort Kochi And Peep Into The History

Walk through historic lanes of Fort Kochi

The Churches and mansions built by British, Dutch and Portuguese 500 years ago in their own vivid architecture skill greet leisure-walkers here.

45 Eat Yellow Variety Of Kerala Bananas And Lurk The Taste

Taste the different kinds of bananas of Kerala

Banana tree is one of the common plants in Kerala that are abundantly seen in courtyards of houses and grown in groves. 

46 Visit Bird Sanctuaries

Watch migratory birds that make a Kerala pit-stop

Kumarakom bird sanctuary nestled along the famous backwaters of the Vembanad Lake is another essential stopover of bird watchers. 

47 Watch A Kaikottikkali

A festival dance done in homes by the women

Kaikottikkali is a traditional dance by the women in their homes for Onam celebrations. Deep clapping of palms in melody with articulated and measured steps and jumps in tune with the singing by the players themselves constitute the play. 

48 Savour a Sadhya

Vegetarian feast served on banana leaf

This feast is arranged mainly for weddings and during Onam. 

49 Watch The Making Of A Meter-Tea And Have One

Frothy tea poured from a metre high without spilling

This tea made in roadside makeshift stalls or mobile stalls and is a competent rival to a luxury hotel's tea. 

50 See Lush Green Paddy Fields Of Kuttanad

Kerala's rice bowl

The only place in the world where farming is done 1.5 to 2 meter below sea level.

51 Visit Zoos And Get Excited

See the Jungle Book characters up close!

The zoological parks of Kerala have variety of species. The Thiruvananthapuram zoo is one among the best in Asia. 

52 Enjoy Mussel Delicacy

Spicy mussel dishes offer a fresh take

From high-end restaurants to wayside shacks, you get this delicacy everywhere. 

53 Pat a Nilgiri Tahr

Get up-close to mountain goats

Half the world population of endangered Nilgiri tahr is at Eravikulam National Park at Munnar. Pat and pose for pictures with them. 

54 Try Coconut Oil On Your Head

Coconut oil hair spa

While you are on a holiday to Kerala, you cannot afford to miss out the benefits of a rejuvenating hair massage using warm coconut oil.

55 Learn Yoga And Practice It For Disease-free Life

Learn the basics from the land of yoga

Relax in the mind and streamline the body. 

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