Top 5 Best Places to Visit in Kerala

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Transportation Services in Gujarat

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Gujarat, the country’s seventh largest state is heavily flocked by tourists each year. Also, the state is highly industrialized and densely populated, receiving guests and delegates from every corner of the globe and the nation. The good thing is that Gujarat has a robust and sturdy transportation system to facilitate such as massive inflow of crowds and traffic and often boasts of the great accessibility it allows to people by means of its well developed road networks. Let’s cast a deeper glance into the transportation system of Gujarat.

Roads of Gujarat and Road connectivity

Gujarat comes with an excellent network of state highways and national highways. The state boasts of 17 national highways running to a length of about 4032kms in total and also about 300+ state highways running to a net length of nearly 19761kms. State highways are the state arterial routes connecting major cities of the state plus district head headquarters. State highways also serve as a link between the various districts of Gujarat and the National highways of adjoining states. Also, the rural areas of Gujarat come with a robust network of Panchayat roads & sugarcane roads. Panchayat roads run to a length of nearly 30019kms in total while sugarcane roads run to a length of nearly 1746kms in total. The main vehicles plying on the road are city buses, taxis and auto rickshaws. City bus services are mainly administered by the GSRTC/Gujarat state road transport corporation. GSRTC actually comes up with a plethora of transport services in Gujarat, such as-

Mofussil Transport Services– Such services allow setting up a transport connection between the villages, small towns and major cities of Gujarat.

Intercity buses-Such buses function as a connecting link between all major cities of Gujarat such as Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Rajkot.

City bus services– Such bus services connect different parts of the city to each other. These services are available in cities such as Gandhinagar, Baroda, Surat, Rajkot.

Inter-state buses– Such bus services connect Gujarat to the other neighboring states such as Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh.

Parcel Services– Such services facilitate goods transportation.

Auto rickshaws in Gujarat offer the most convenient mode of transportation for short distances

Taxis in Gujarat are available amply. There are taxi stands at each bus stop, railway station and airport. Gujarat taxi/car services are heavily relied upon by tourists for various city tours

Airports of Gujarat and flight connectivity

There are 17 airports in the state in total and out of those, Ahmedabad’s Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Inter-national airport alone allows access to global tourists coming by flight from other countries. The other major airports of Gujarat include Bhavnagar airport, Bhuj airport, Keshod airport, Kandla airport, Jamnagar airport. Mandvi and Mehsana airports are owned by state government. Frequent and regular flights connect Gujarat to all other major parts of the country.

Railway connectivity in Gujarat

Gujarat has a total railway network length of about 5268kms and Ahmedabad railway station serves as the most important gateway to Gujarat. The other important rail heads of Gujarat are Rajkot, Bhuj, Bhavnagar, Surendra Nagar, Vadodara, Junagadh, Jamnagar, Porbander. Trains are available from these stations to different parts of the state and the country. The Royal Orient luxury train service facility available at Gujarat is one reason to make the state feel proud about itself.

Sea Ports of Gujarat

The 1600kms of coastline that Gujarat is blessed with leads to the emergence of many important and busy ports in Gujarat. Kandla port, Magdalla port, Porbandar port, Veraval port, Pipavav port, Navlakhi port are some of the most notable ports in the state of Gujarat.

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