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12 Incredible Experiences in Kerala

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Boat rides, elephants, and classic dance in and around Kochi.
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1/387, Princess St, Fort Nagar, Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala 682001, India
India boasts many traditional regional dance forms, but kathakali, with its elaborate, colorful costumes and masks is undoubtedly one of the most distinctive. With roots going back to ancient Hindu temple plays (some think as far back as the 2nd...
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Kavanattinkara, Kumarakom, Kerala 686563, India
If you are looking for tropical paradise, look no farther than the Vivanta by Taj resort in Kumarakom. Located in the Kerala Backwaters, this resort is nestled beside a bird sanctuary on the Vembanadu lake. With private bungalows complete with...
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Thrissur, Peechi, Kerala 680304, India
While I was in Southern Indian studying Ayurveda I spent as much time as possible with the elephants. One afternoon at a small elephant sanctuary, I ended up in a large pool-sized bathtub with a comic female elephant. She had some fun with me as I...
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PO, Kalathil building, Pallathuruthy, Thottuvathala, Alappuzha, Kerala 688501, India
I heard them before I saw them: twenty to thirty thousand ducks being herded downriver by duck farmers, a daily occurrence in the backwaters of Kerala.
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Kovalam, Kerala, India
Fruit bats, large and small, are common creatures in the south Indian state of Kerala. On my road trip to the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram, I took a stop to stretch my legs and use the facilities. As I got out of the car, I heard a loud...
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Church Road, Pallathuruthy, Kainakary South, Kerala 688505, India
The word that keeps coming to mind when I remember my trip through the Kerala backwaters in India is "languid." I took three kinds of boat rides through these tropical waterways in south India: canoe, motorboat, and house boat. The canoe was my...
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Near Maria Bhavan English Medium School, Kumarakom, Kottayam, Kerala 686563, India
We stayed aboard the bamboo vessel named, Kumarakom and toured the beautiful Kerala backwaters. At night we heard the sounds of festival music and distant drums. During the day the we saw fisherman working on their daily catch.
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Kochi, Kerala, India
Kochi is a growing tourist destination on the Southwest coast of India. Calm compared with the perceived expectation of India, this little town has plenty of things to do from watching a Kathakali performance to Kerala region cooking classes. The...
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1/320 Tower Road Fort Kochi Vasco Da Gama, Square, Kochi, Kerala 682001, India
A lovely heritage house-turned-hotel in the historic fort area of old Cochin. Across from the hotel, the coast is lined with the area's iconic Chinese fishing nets. The hotel is well located if you only have a day or two before a houseboat tour of...
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Kochi - Madurai - Dhanushkodi Rd, Munnar, Kerala 685612, India
This photo was taken while hiking through Tata's tea plantation to a waterfall near Pallivasal and Munnar Town. We left in the late afternoon and watched the sun set while hiking back up. Along the hike you'll smell sweet air, see endless rolling...
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Kochi, Kerala, India
The gods are for sale— or at least their idols are—at this antiques bazaar in Jew Town, Kochi, an important port city on the west coast of India. The tiny entrances belie the scope of the market inside and as you step in, you are greeted by...