06 Jan Kerala: Spice coast
Venture in the heart of the Kerala region in South India for an unforgettable holiday. Discover authentic towns, vast parks and its famous Backwaters. Kerala will reveal all its wealth; its fauna and flora, its beautiful beaches and its green countryside.
Kochi, the queen of the arabian seal
Kochi in Kerala on the Malabar coast of South India, is an emblematic and pleasant town, living by the rhythm of the water. Enjoy the sunset, take in the magnificent landscapes. In the port of Kochi, you will be surprised by the huge chinese fishing nets, up to 10 meters. In the city center, you can enjoy the charm of the houses of Portuguese and Dutch styles as well as the former commercial side of Kochi.
Discovery of a lush nature
Embark on a safari in the dense wildlife of the Periyar reserve. This vast park is home to monkeys, elephants, antelopes, gaur and many other species of animal. It is a charming world of colorful landscapes; soft green or golden yellow paddy fields, hills with lush jungle and still full of wild elephants. It is is lined with huge tea plantation areas or spices and a green, mountainous setting..
The city of Munnar is surrounded by tea plantations with pleasant tea fragrance floating in the air. Lovers of nature can trek in the tea plantation and venture into Eravikulam National Park where you will discover more than a hundred species of birds.
Local cruising on the backwaters
The best way of discovering Kerala is through a cruise on the backwaters. For a unique experience south of Alleppey, India Little Venice, stay overnight in a typical houseboat, kettuvallam. Let yourself be carried away by the river flow and take in the wondeful sights, in the shade of a lush nature.
At the edge of the backwaters, do not hesitate to meet the inhabitants of the village of Kumarakom, whose hospitality and smiles are legendary. You will also see a bird sanctuary which is home to many exotic species. If you want to discover further, embark on board a boat that will take you to unreachable places on the backwaters.
Relaxing on the beach
To complete your stay enjoy a little relaxation on the white sandy beaches of Kovalam, south of Trivandrum; Kerala’s capital. For a beach and Ayurvedic holiday, discover also The Verkala Beach and huge cliffs, one of the most important of Kerala.
If you have opted for the North of Kerala, you can relax on Bekal Beach, a paradise corner dotted with palm trees. It houses the Bekal fort overlooking the beach; 300 years old, it is the largest in the region, making the place even more charming. Enjoy the magical sunsets and evening stroll on the beach swept by the lights of the fort all night.
In Kochi, put your deckchairs and evacuate all your stress on Cherai Beach, one of the most picturesque beaches in Kerala. Uncrowded, enjoy the calm during a sunbath and refresh yourself in its clear blue waters. Surrounded by coconut palms and abundant rice fields, it is an ideal setting for a quiet and relaxing holiday.
Choose a cultural and spiritual trip around the spice gardens in South India; the heart of Hinduism. Be carried away by the diversity of Kerala: lush greenery and tropical climate!