Flashes of green iridescence, a cool wind at your neck, and droplets of water sparkling in the sun.
It’s the first week of June and the heavens have opened in God’s Own Country. Kerala comes into its own with the onset of the monsoon.
Whether you are up in the heights of the Western Ghats or meandering down the backwaters towards the Arabian Sea, this tropical paradise awakens after its summer slumber.
Kerala’s capital city oozes charm. Our favourite district is Fort Cochin – a melting pot of cultural influences for centuries. Wander among antique shops, pause at local art galleries, lunch on the fresh catch of the day against the dramatic backdrop of the Chinese Fishing Nets, explore the Dutch Palace, and pause for a moment at the world’s oldest Sephardic Synagogue, browse through the aisles of the Mattancherry Spice Market. Cochin is a revelation for all those who visit. Don’t miss it.
The ancient science of Ayurveda has its roots in Kerala. There’s no better time to experience its maximum benefit than during the monsoon, when the moisture in the air allows the medicinal oils to soak deep into your skin. Learn more about yourself as you relax. Discover the correct diet for your body type – and your personality. Detox your organs, circulate your blood, and breathe fully, with a series of massage and oil rituals that leave you feeling serene. Emerge healthier in body, lighter in mind, and more fulfilled in spirit.
The highlands of the Western Ghats of Kerala are a nature lover’s paradise. Lush foliage, tea and spice plantations, and a riot of flora and fauna collide to form a stunningly picturesque landscape. Munnar lies at the center of it all and there’s no better place to base yourself if you want to take long walks through the forest or simply watch the clouds gather overhead and be blessed by a gentle drizzle. Munnar is also a stone’s throw away from the Erivakulam game sanctuary – one of the last natural habitats of the Nilgiri Tahr (a rare breed of Ibex). Munnar is also a bird-lover’s paradise and several species are endemic to the area.
Kerala is blessed with one of the finest coastlines in the world, and several of its beaches are pristine. From Bekal in the north to Marari in the south, long stretches of sand run into the Arabian Sea. Towering cliffs topped with fortress ruins dot the coastline, from where many battles were fought (and many a movie has been shot!). Whether you want to indulge your energy in water sports or unwind at the spa, stretch yourself with a spot of beach yoga, or just rock yourself to sleep in a hammock, Kerala probably has what you need.
Running through God’s Own Country is a meandering series of canals that zig-zag their way across the landscape. Dotted with coconut plantations and tropical foliage, these are the streets of India’s south. Slip along these narrow waterways and explore the quaint settlements on either shore. You can also overnight in a kettuvellam – a traditional houseboat – if you’re so inclined. Our favourite time of day – sunset. The backwaters are truly at their best when the sun dips towards the horizon, casting its serene glow over everything.
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