Travelling to South India, but only have 48 hours to explore Kerala? Worry not! While two days are not enough to see ALL of this gorgeous state, there’s a lot you can fit into your itinerary. Read on to know the best things to see and do in God’s Own Country!
From gorgeous hill stations to spice plantations, ancient legends to a vibrant culture, Kerala offers you a wide variety of beautiful experiences. The key to exploring the state properly is to make a detailed schedule, and then sticking to your list. With so much on offer, take a look at all you can do with your 48 hours in Kerala.
Stroll Through The Historic Town Of Fort Kochi
A walk through Kochi’s main attractions will give you a glimpse of its dynamic history. Visit the ruins of Fort Immanuel, a symbol of the alliance between the Portuguese and the Maharaja of Cochin in the 1500s. Stop at the famous Jewish Synagogue, and explore gorgeous colonial structures like Thakur House and David Hall. Don’t miss out on the Chinese fishing nets located in the port area of this city, especially at sunset, when you get to capture the most breathtaking pictures of these magnificent nets.
Enjoy A Kathakali Show
Vibrant colours, elaborate make-up, and magnificent costumes combine with the dancers’ graceful movements for an unforgettable performance. Be ready to be awed and captivated as the dancers tell stories through their art. One of the best places in Kerala to see a Kathakali show is at the Kerala Kathakali Centre in Fort Kochi.
Journey Through The Backwaters
Perhaps one of the most popular attractions in Kerala, the backwaters promise some happy memories for visitors. A large network of inter-linked canals and rivers, lined with lush greenery, a backwater cruise is an experience in itself. Depending on where you choose to go on a backwater cruise, you will have the opportunity to spot some exotic birds as well as the local life here.
Plan A Visit To A Spice Plantation
Visit one of numerous spice plantations in Kerala and get lost in the gorgeous fragrance of the different Indian spices. The best thing about these plantations is that you can actually buy fresh packets of these spices to take home with you. These packets also make amazing options for souvenirs for your friends and family back home.
Book An Appointment At The Ayurveda Centre
Revitalise yourself by booking one of the panchakarma sessions at Kerala’s famous spas or indulge in one of the herbal massages to loosen all the knots in your body. While the Kerala vacation is good for your mind, these Ayurvedic treatments are good for your body, mind and soul.
Hit One Of The Beaches In Kerala
Lovely waters, beautiful soft sands, and plenty of Indian sunshine is what awaits you at a beach in Kerala. The Marari Beach here is perfect for those who want to simply relax, whereas Kovalam Beach is the ideal place for people who enjoy a party ambience.
Sample A Few Authentic Kerala Dishes
If you get a chance to enjoy the appetising Sadhya, a banquet served on banana leaves, do not miss it. Some of the must-try dishes of Kerala include the aviyal (vegetables cooked in fragrant coconut gravy), pothu (beef fry), payasam (sweetened milk with semolina), and appam (rice hoppers).
Visit A Wildlife Sanctuary
Kerala’s sanctuaries house some rare and endangered species of fauna and flora. Whether you are a nature lover or a wildlife enthusiast, you will definitely enjoy a trip to these sanctuaries. Some of the animals that you can spot at Kerala wildlife sanctuaries include elephants, Indian sloth bears, Nilgiri tahr, sambars, Indian porcupines, flying squirrels, and leopards.
These experiences ensure that you get the best of Kerala in 48 hours. So don’t waste any more time, start planning your holiday itinerary today.
Location: South Indian state on the Malabar Coast
How to Reach: Cochin International Airport, Calicut International Airport, and Trivandrum International Airport are the three airports that serve Kerala.
Official Language: Malayalam
Currency: INR (Indian Rupees)
Time Zone: IST (UTC+05:30)
Climate: Maritime Tropical Climate
Food & Drink: Mustard seeds, turmeric, curry leaves, chilies, asafoetida, and tamarind are regularly used in Kerala cuisine. Some of the popular dishes in Kerala are Chicken Stew with Appams, Kerala Fish Curry, and Malabar Matthi Curry.
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