Guide to Kerala

Presenting rich history, stunning scenery, a wonderfully laid-back atmosphere and much more, discover what secrets the different regions of Kerala hold...

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Cochin

A city boasting a wonderfully evident mixed history, Cochin (or Kochi) was originally a quiet fishing town, which became a strategic port along the spice route. A walking tour is the best way to explore, where you’ll pass the harbour, home to giant Chinese fishing nets.

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Marari

A quaint fishing village just an hour south of Cochin, Marari is a great place to relax and soak up the sun. Spend time on the unspoilt palm-lined beach, watching fisherman bring in the catch of the day, or sample ayurvedic treatments in one of the traditional spas.

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Backwaters of Alleppey

Allappuzha, better known as Alleppey, is the centre of Kerala’s intricate network of backwaters, home to meandering waterways and lakes. A cruising experience here in a traditional houseboat offers an extraordinary insight into local life and wildlife.

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Munnar

Hidden amongst the plush mountains and vegetation of the Western Ghats, the tea plantations of Munnar are a true sight to behold. Depicting what seems like a never-ending canvas of lush rolling hills, a tour of these plantations is highly recommended.

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Thekkady & Periyar

This region of Kerala is well-known for its wealth of spice plantations and fantastic wildlife. In Thekkady, view spices growing in their natural state and in Periyar, discover the spectacular wildlife sanctuary, witnessing wild Asian elephants and much more.

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Varkala

The beach resort of Varkala is perched on striking red cliffs, overlooking the Arabian Sea. A popular resort for backpackers and beach lovers alike, it has a relaxed, bohemian vibe. The golden sands and ayurvedic spas found here are the main attraction. 

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Kovalam & Trivandrum

The small sandy coves around Trivandrum are popular with holidaymakers, with Kovalam now Kerala’s most popular beach resort. South of Kovalam there are a cluster of quieter and more relaxed beaches and coves offering a more laid-back feel. 

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