I have been living in Kerala for almost 24 months, and it is one of the best decisions I have made. Kerala, is the southernmost state in India, and is one of the most popular choices for expats who are looking to settle down in India. I moved to Kerala, India in late 2010 from Malaysia and never left. Seeing the number of people who are looking to move to Kerala, I started a company that connects people with quality international movers, and apart from this, I also act as a guide and show tourists the hidden spots in Kerala. Below is my list of the top 5 things to do in Kerala. Remember that it’s best to travel to Kerala between Septembers to February.
#1 Kozhikode Beach
This is a relatively well-hidden beach that is not known to many travelers. The moment you enter the beach you will be surrounded by the clear blue waters of the Indian ocean on one side, and the hills on the other. There are 3 shacks on the beach that rent out rooms to travelers. I would suggest that you visit the Kozhikode beach during a weekend. You will be able to catch fresh fish and the cooks in the local shacks will help you make a delicious meal out of it. On the weekends, you can also take part in water sports on the beach.
#2 Kannur Caves
Vasco De Gama is believed to have set foot first at the Kannur caves on entering India. This is a magical place that is still open to tourists, and whenever I visit the caves I have a new sense of calm and openness in me. Around 5 KM from the cave is the Velliangiri waterfall, and if you visit the waterfall between Novembers to January, they will also let you take a dip. This is must do when you visit Kerala next!
#3 Fort Kochi
Fort Kochi has been my humble abode for the last 20 months, and this is a beautiful place surrounded by beautiful building and lush green plantations. The Portuguese occupied Kerala in the late 1800’s, and their influence can still be seen in this town today. Fort Kochi is also one of the most favourite places for expats who are looking to settle in Kerala. There is a beautiful mix of local people, and people from all over the world.
#4 Savanna Yoga Ashram
Did you know that martial arts originated in India? Karate, Kung-fu etc all have originated from a martial art in Kerala called Kalaripayattu. This was first used by people to fight, and protect themselves against animals. Slowly over time, they adapted this for fighting against people, and this spread all over the world into various different art forms. At the Savanna Yoga Ashram, they have beginner courses, and I would encourage anybody visiting Kerala to talk the 1-day introduction course. You will become aware of your body and realize that you can use it in so many different ways to protect yourself.
#5 Wayanad Forest
The Wayanad Forest is the largest forest in Kerala and is home to many wild animals like Elephants, Tigers, and Deer etc. If you reach the Wayanad Forest around 6AM, they have their early morning safaris where they will take you deep into the forest. The last time I went on the safari, I saw a bison protecting himself from a herd of elephants that wanted to cross his area. The Wayanad forest is a definite attraction for anyone visiting Kerala.
Tishana Ince is an expat and has been living in Kerala for the last 18 months. She works with Feed back and helps people settle down in Kerala.