First time Kerala: what to do and where all to go

Kerala is one of India’s top tourist destination. It is known as God’s Own Country. From the vast beaches to the backwaters, every part of Kerala is beautiful and at the same time peaceful. Deciding to visit this state is not a tough one, but what all to do there and where all to go becomes a decision that needs a lot of research and guidance to make it the best experience for a first time kerala visitor. Click here.

What to pack

Walking shoes
Malayalam phrasebook
Raincoat or umbrella.
Sunscreen or mosquito repellent.
GPS device

Essential phrases

namaskaaram – Hello
engngane irikkunnu – How are you
hum – Fine.
valiya upakaaramaayi – Thank you
aa – Yes.
suprabhaatham – Good morning
Subha/nalla raathri – Good night
nandi – Thank you
kshamikkaNam – Sorry

Getting around

Regular autos and private cabs are available in the city for tourist purposes.
Autos and Cabs can be a little costlier than expected.
Government buses for long distance is preferred.

Top 3 places not to be missed in Kerala

Alleppey (Venice of India)

  1. Kayaking in Backwaters
  2. Statue of Karumadikuttan
  3. Vagamon

Best months to Visit: Jan – Mar; Sept – Dec
Nearest Airport: Kochi Airport (COK) at a distance of 51 Kms


  1. Eravikulam National Park
  2. Chokramudi trekking
  3. Chinnar Wild Life Sanctuary
  4. Idukki Arch Dam

Best months to Visit: All round the year
Nearest Airport: Kochi Airport (COK) at a distance of 110 Kms
Munnar Weather: Pleasant to Cold


  1. Wildlife Sanctuary
  2. Kadathanadan Kalari Centre (a centre for the world-known martial art Kalari)
  3. Mangala Devi Temple.

Best months to Visit: Oct – June
Nearest Railway Station: Kottayam at a distance of 114 Kms
Thekkady Weather: Mostly Pleasant

These are some of the best places that you should not miss in Kerala. Hope these tips are useful for your visit to Kerala. BoyLazy wishes you a happy journey to the southern part of India.

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