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Tea plantations in Munnar, Kerala by Alexander Mazurkevich

A weekend in Kerala

While even two weeks are not enough to fully explore the lush green lands of Kerala, what do you do if you have just two nights in the state? Anushka Patodia tells you how to maximise your weekend here.

Kochi, Munnar, Alleppey Thekkady, Periyar & Kumarakom

While even two weeks are not enough to fully explore the lush green lands of Kerala, what do you do if you have just two nights in the state? Anushka Patodia tells you how to maximise your weekend here.

Santa Cruz Basilica in Cochin, Kerala by saiko3p
Santa Cruz Basilica in Cochin, Kerala by saiko3p

A breath of cool, salty air welcomes you as you first set foot on the south-western coast of India, a serene haven known as Kerala. Dubbed ‘God’s own country’ by the Kerala tourism board, the rippling backwaters, lush coconut palms, tranquil houseboats and luxurious resorts are surely the stuff an uber-relaxing vacation is made of.

Kerala is dotted with numerous resorts, wildlife sanctuaries, hill stations and Ayurvedic centres, that offer the sweet promise of a sybaritic experience, one that you may not forget easily. So, depending upon where your interests lie – whether it’s the spa, wildlife, the mountains, or the backwaters – you can choose where to go next. While Kochi is indubitably the first stop on this (really) short break, there are a number of options you can choose for your second stop. We’ve listed them below, along with why they’re worth visiting.

Kochi-cooing your way around
This port city is also the financial capital of Kerala and offers a unique cultural experience. Known for its quality spices such as black pepper and cardamom, which was traded to the Arabs, Dutch, Phoenicians, Portuguese, and Chinese more than 600 years ago, it soon became the gateway to Old India and was where the colonisation of India began from. Today, it is a thriving commercial port, which hosts the annual Kochi-Muziris Biennale, an international exhibition of contemporary art.

Love the mountains? Pick Munnar; Want to experience the backwaters? Go to Alleppey; Enjoy wildlife? Visit Thekkady and Periyar; Just want to unwind? Spa in Kumarakom.

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© This article was first published in June-July 2018 edition of World Travel Magazine.

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