Any ideas for interesting places to visit or stay in Kerala?
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- Kozhikode, KeralaKozhikode, Kerala, India
- Wayanad, KeralaWayanad, Kerala, India
recommended MunnarWalk amidst clouds and tea.Recommended for:recommended MunnarA sculpted mass of tea plantations like a garden of the gods high up in the mountains of eastern Kerala, this is the state's classic hill station. Lovely for a couple days' stay and walks through the ... read morehills, the town itself is a bit shabby. Definitely stay up in one of the tea plantations in the hills.Recommended for:Outdoor EnthusiastsMatthew Crompton
And for something completely different, head into the hills. Stay in a tea plantation, rather than the grotty town centre. Good luck! =)
- Walton's Home Stay1 / 39, Walton Hall, Princess Street, Kochi 682001, Indiarecommended Walton's Home StayAs good or better than three star hotels. An educated, forward thinking, open minded elderly couple. Nice coffee and eggs in the morning included. Rooms without a dot of dirt. And a homestay located ... read moreright next to the Chinese fishing nets in Fort Kochi.Recommended for:Shivakant Menon
Dont waste money of Hotels. To know Kerala, live with Keralites.
- Tissa's Inn1/1128, Kunnumpuram, Opposite ICICI ATM | Fort Kochi, Kochi 682001, Indiarecommended Tissa's InnGreat boutique hotelRecommended for:
- Muvattupuzha, KeralaMuvattupuzha, Kerala, Indiarecommended Muvattupuzha, KeralaMuvattupuzha is a very beautiful town unknown to most of the travelers.The first concrete bridge in India is situated in Muvattupuzha.The name "Muvattupuzha" is formed by joining two Malayalam ... read morewords."Moonu" means three and "puzha" means river.Three rivers adjoin in this small town and hence the name.There are many attractions in Muvattupuzha such as many Churches,Temples,Mosques but the main attraction is the river itself where you can take a bathe or go for a boat ride.Recommended for:Jithin Jose
I'm from Muvattupuzha and have a homestay here.
- Marari VillasPollethai PO | Mararikulam, Alappuzha 688567, Indiarecommended Marari VillasProbably the best option in the area for something which gets the right balance between comfort, luxury and location. Marari Villas comprises three 'boutique serviced villa' properties: Orchid Pool ... read moreCottage (sleeps 2); Hibiscus Heritage Cottage (sleeps 2) and Palm Beach Villa (sleeps 6). Both Orchid and Hibiscus come with their own pools, offering welcome respite from the Keralan sun, as well as a chance to swim for those who may find the sea current too strong. The properties are run by an English and Russian couple, with a team of Indian housekeepers and a cook. The cottage interiors are tastefully furnished, offering all the comforts you'd expect of a higher end property. The fridge is stocked with cold wine, beer and soft drinks should you wish to purchase these. About 5 mins walk away is a stretch of beach where the owners have created a private area for guests, with a couple of sun loungers and a hammock. We ate a couple of meals here - both were excellent and inexpensive and, as if by magic, staff appeared to ask us what we wanted to eat just as we were getting hungry. If you're seeking privacy and relaxation, you'll love the place: you'll be left alone but staff will appear if you use the call bell. Free wi-fi throughout.Recommended for:
- Bamboo CottageEzhupunna Southrecommended Bamboo CottageKeralan teakwood house in the grounds of an Ayurvedic health centre in the lovely village of Ezhupunna South, about 30 kms from Fort Cochin. Basic but comfortable accommodation which serves as an ... read moreideal base for exploring the nearby backwaters, as well as experiencing an Ayurvedic treatment. The health centre is an austere building, but the team who run it all wonderful people. The German-born owner of this cottage can arrange packages comprising a stay, a course of Ayurvedic treatments and tours of the nearby area.Recommended for:Wellness
- Fort CochinKochi, Kerala, Indiarecommended Fort CochinAs Matthew has eloquently observed in his earlier review, the place is like nectar for tourists. What first struck me was how very un-Indian the place felt. I don't just mean the architectural ... read moreinfluences of previous generations of colonial occupiers, it just felt like a playpark for western visitors. I misjudged the length of my stay here: three nights was far too long, as the main sights can comfortably be done in one or two days. Although I found much of interest here, the real highlight was getting the short boat trip across to the new cityy of Ernakulam - immediately I felt like I was back in India. If you're planning just a day trip here, focus your time on the Mattancherry Palace and Jew Town.Recommended for:
recommended Alappuzha (Alleppey)Alleppey's charm is in its location. Along the coast of the Caspian Sea, Alleppey the beginning of the fresh water backwaters and coconut-tree-lined lagoons. This is a great spot to rent a houseboat ... read moreor book a canoe tour of the canals. During one weekend each winter, Alleppey transforms from a sleepy backwater village into a massive, colorful tourist attraction for the Nehru Trophy Boat Race, also known as the Snake Boat Race. Enormous canoes shaped like sea serpents race by with as many as 100 people on board rowing in unison. If you can get tickets, it's quite a unique sight.Recommended for:
recommended VarkalaLocated on a stunning stretch of beaches and cliffs, Varkala is a heavenly escape from the rest of the world. The beaches, cafes, hammocks, and palm trees may not be all that different from other ... read moreAsian beaches, but the cliffs make this a photographer's dream spot to relax.Recommended for:recommended VarkalaPossibly the nicest beach town in Kerala, Varkala is famous for the beachside cliffs that rise from the shore of the Arabian Sea. It has a famous Vishnu temple that attracts a large number of ... read morepilgrims, but the real attraction here is spectacular natural beauty and relaxing in the sun. The city is well-connected by rail to major hubs in the rest of the state.Recommended for:Matthew Crompton
recommended Kochi (Cochin)From the Chinese fishing nets lining the coast to the impressive Kathakali dance performances, native and foreign cultures have mixed to create a wonderful cultural hybrid in Kochi. There's even a ... read moresynagogue here (in Jew Town... on Jew Street... seriously). Kochi is a lovely, relaxing spot to stay for a few days before setting off for a backwater adventure a little further south.Recommended for:recommended Kochi (Cochin)The commercial and business center of Kerala, Kochi is smartly divided between the precincts of Ernakulam (the market district, where the rail junction is) and the quaint colonial zone of Fort Cochin ... read moreacross the water. Fort Cochin is the main draw for the city, and its waterside location, good restaurants and shopping, and picturesque cantilevered fishing nets are all rather lovely, even if it's a pretty serious tourist trap. There's a ton of lodging here in all price ranges. Ernakulam, on the other hand, draws fewer tourists, but it's a tiny, prosperous little town, and fun to explore when the hokey-ness of Fort Cochin starts to wear thin.Matthew Crompton
A must. It's touristy as hell, but popular for a reason.
recommended The Backwaters, KeralaWhether it's a day trip in something like a canoe or an overnight in a house boat, do not leave Kerala without experiencing the calm beauty of the backwaters. You'll glide through calm channels, past ... read morefriendly fishermen, and towards endless rows of palm trees. The coconut-based food prepared fresh on these tours is delicious. This is about as relaxing as it gets.recommended The Backwaters, KeralaThe backwaters is a system of intercoastal waterways spanning much of the length of the state of Kerala. It's probably the most famous single feature of the state, and few people visit Kerala without ... read moretaking a houseboat trip along its waters - surrounded by coconut palms and emerald-green rice fields. There are major entry points and houseboat operators (it pays to shop around) in Allepuzha and Kollam, amongst others. This is an area of significant biological diversity, and a few days' slow cruise might be the perfect antidote to the stresses found elsewhere on the subcontinent.Matthew Crompton
recommended ThekkadyIt takes a nauseating bus ride to get this high up in the mountains, but the relaxed village of Thekkady is well worth the journey. The town itself is certainly worth exploring, but the real reason to ... read morecome this way is the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, where you can take guided tours to see tons of animals in their natural habitat. We saw about two dozen wild elephants eat and swim across a lake.
recommended KeralaOne of my favorite places in India, Kerala offers so much to do. From Fort Kochin (a good starting point) to the backwaters by boat and on to the Periyar Wildlife Preserve to spot wild elephants, you ... read morecould easily spend a month or more here and love every minute of it. Meaning "Land of Coconuts," it's not surprisng that Kerala's food is delicious.Recommended for:recommended KeralaLushness defines this southernmost Indian state -- from the emerald-green of the rice paddies, to the bottle-green of the backwaters, to the green gardens of the tea plantations up in the hills. It's ... read moreamongst the most literate and prosperous in India, and its laid-back vibe a welcome counterpoint after the craziness of North India. Whether you're into beaches, ashrams, or Ayurveda, it's one of the most rewarding regions of the subcontinent to explore.Matthew Crompton
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Matthew just recommended everything I would have and nothing I wouldn't. Have tons of fun!
- Johnson's The Nest HomestayAlleppey | Alappuzha, Kochi 608888, Indiarecommended Johnson's The Nest HomestayIn Allepuzha (Allepey), one of the main bases for houseboat excursions, 'Johnson' is a rather friendly Keralan who runs an eco-houseboat tour outfit from his homestay guesthouse in the town. The ... read moreunique rooms in the guesthouse are nice, and solidly within budget range, and the houseboat tours are well regarded.Matthew Crompton
A decent option for houseboat tours on the backwaters.