Welcome back to our India Bucket List Series, where we choose our top places we are dying to visit in India and share with you all what we want to see & do while we are there.

Fourth stop on the list: Kerala

Situated in India’s Southwest coast, Kerala is one of India’s most beautiful states. It is the place to go to get away from the crowds and instead enjoy amazing beaches, great food and amazing wildlife.

How To Get There

By Air: Kerala is pretty much as far south as you can get in India making it not the easiest place to get to via the air. If you want to fly you will have to take a connecting flight from a major Indian hub, such as Mumbai, to one of Kerala’s two airports, Cochin or Trivandrum.

By Train: Kerala is well connected by train. The easiest route would be from Delhi and Mumbai, however they are usually crowded and advance reservations are highly recommended.

By Bus: There are many buses that travel throughout the night taking you to Kerala from many major cities.

Where To Stay

$ Sajhome

$$ Le Meridien Kochi

$$$ Vivanta by Taj Bekal

Things To Do

Go on a group tour: We think one of the best ways to explore India is with a group. There are a number of Kerala tour packages to choose from depending on your style of travel.

Stay on a houseboat in Alleppey: Being surrounded by lush green landscapes and being served freshly prepared meals as you float along the tranquil backwaters – this is a very relaxing way to spend your travels.

Watch the rare Neelakurinji Bloom in Munnar: Every 12 years the rare Neelakurinji blooms in Eravikulam National Park.

Take a spice tour: Take a tour of the famous spice plantations where you can’t the local cinnamon or exotic vanilla from the stunning spice gardens.

Visit a coffee plantation in Wayanad: Drink a delicious cup of coffee where it gets made. You can stay at the coffee plantation resort which includes trekking, night safaris, sump fires and plantation walks.

Swim in the Arabian Sea: Take a dip in the medicinal mineral water springs in Varkala beach and the salty ocean waters – Varkala is best visited between December and March.

Visit a waterfall: One of the most beautiful sights to see in Kerala are the extraordinary 80 foot Athirapally Falls (known as the Niagara Falls of India)

Watch the sunset at Kovalam Beach: If you are after an incredible sunset, than you need to visit Kovalam Beach. It is one of the most stunning beaches in Kerala.

Where in India do you recommend we visit next?

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