Our 10 reasons to visit Kerala will hopefully inspire you to head to the laidback south for stunning scenery and plenty of sightseeing.
Known as ‘God’s Own Country’, picturesque Kerala is a must on any travel bucket list. The more laidback pace of life is the perfect introduction to India and is a stark contrast to bustling destinations such as the Golden Triangle. This wonderful state right at the bottom of India has so much to offer, from tantalising cuisine, wonderful wildlife, mesmerising culture and lots to explore.
Getting to Kerala is surprisingly straightforward, with direct flights from London and flights with one in-airport transfer from many major UK cities. If you’re wondering when to visit, December and January can be very busy, and the monsoon season from June until the end of August is best avoided. From the end of September is our favourite time, when the greenery comes to life after the heavy rain.
10 reasons to visit Kerala
To inspire you to venture into God’s Own Country, we’ve completed the tricky task of narrowing it down to ten of the best reasons to visit Kerala.
It’s time to tempt your tastebuds with the first of our 10 reasons to visit Kerala! Prepare yourself for an explosion of flavours, vibrant colours and amazing aromas – Keralan food is absolutely divine and something you will remember vividly from your trip. Being a coastal state, many dishes feature freshly caught fish, but there are also plenty of vegetarian options on offer, along with meat, unlike many other destinations.
Keralan regional cuisine includes Keralan fish curry, Karimeen pollichathu (fried fish), Fish moilee, Malabar Parotta (pancakes), pumpkin and lentil curry and Palada payasam, a rice dessert flavoured with cardamom. Your food might come served on a large green banana leaf and be accompanied by delicious homemade appam, roti or dosa bread.
You can really engage with Keralan cuisine by taking part in a local cooking demonstration, where you’ll be shown how dishes are prepared before getting to sample them for yourself.