Holidays in Kerala offer spectacular scenery, beautiful beaches, palm filled countryside and stretches of emerald backwaters. Located to the south of India, Kerala overlooks the Arabian Sea and boasts magnificent beaches and historical sites. Beautiful lagoons, lakes and rivers, as well as tea and coffee plantations scattered across the countryside, complete the picture. Two of the best beaches in Kerala are Kovalam and Varkala, lined with seafood restaurants and a good range of facilities. No holiday to Kerala would be complete without a visit to the Periyar Wildlife Reserve to see Indian elephants and tigers in their natural habitat. The state capital Thiruvananthapuram is also worth a visit. The best time to holiday in Kerala is between October and March.
A holiday to Kerala is incomplete without a visit to the backwaters. See the Venice of the East on a rice boat, a canoe or stay overnight on a house boat with your own chef, and see the beautiful surroundings and Keralan village life. A visit to the Periyar Wildlife Reserve in the Western Ghats (Keralan hills) is a must to see wildlife in their natural habitat including elephants, tigers, monkeys, antelopes and birds.
Kerala is not known for lively nightlife. Evenings in Kerala centre around quiet beachfront bars and restaurants. Most hotels will have an activities and entertainment programme.
Keralan food is delicately spiced and many of the local dishes are cooked in coconut milk. Fresh seafood is a speciality and at many beachfront restaurants you can pick your fish before it is whisked off and cooked for you. European favourites are available at Lighthouse beach in Kovalam. A typical meal for two will cost 68.