Before my trip of a lifetime to Kerala , I knew that visiting this state was defo part of my Travel Bucket List. Having never visited India , I was over the moon that my first encounter would be in beautiful Kerala also known as God’s Own Country. It is hard not to fall in love with Kerala and become rather captivated by the beauty that is found here.

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My initial ideas of Kerala included History ,voyages of discovery , spices, houseboats and the world-famous Ayurvedic medical treatment. But what I discovered during my 2 weeks literally blew my mind and has me planning on returning again.There were so many things I loved about Kerala but below is a list of 10 Things that made me fall in love with God’s Own Country :

1.The Spice Plantations – The foodie in me was so in my element here walking through the spice plantations. It was intriguing to see spices not packaged in a store but growing in their nature environment. Kerala is world-famous for their flavoursome and aromatic spices and it makes sense why Kerala was invaded by so many. My favourite spices from Kerala include cardamom ,Pepper and Mace
2.Smiling, happy people everywhere you look. The people of Kerala are very friendly and helpful. From young children to the old grandparents all waved and smiled at us as we drove throw the towns or sailed the backwaters. Everyone loved having their pictures taken.
3.The Houseboats on the Backwaters are definitely an experience every person should once in their lifetime. The peaceful and beautiful Backwaters create the most serene place for one to literally sit back kick off your shoes and slow down. For the first time in ages I felt at peace and sense of calm wash over me.
4.The food ! Everyday I feed my body with nutritious freshly prepared meals. The variety of dishes were extensive and flavoursome using local produce and spices. Most days my day with start with a crisp Masala Dosa (crispy pancake) filled with spiced potato and a trio of sauces all washed down with fresh watermelon juice (perfect for detoxing) and a piping hot cup of Spiced Chai. Not forgetting the refreshing coconut water perfect for the heat and so good for your health.
5.Arts and Culture is a big part of everyday society in Kerala.There are numerous places of worship were regional festivals are celebrated in much grandeur. Dance and music is also featured as a must see in Kerala with dance forms that are specifically done in Kerala only.
6.Welcomes are literally out of this world in Kerala. Every time we visited a hotel we were greeted by musicians and traditional dancers. Each welcome ceremony was so unique even down to the garlands we received some were made of flowers while others were made of spices. Every welcome made me feel like royalty and a bride on her wedding day.
7.Tea plantations as far as the eye can see. For any tea lover seeing how your favourite brew has been cultivated is mind-blowing. Miles and miles of lush green tea bushes were all around us as we headed up to the mountains.
8.The Hill Stations of Munnar ,Idukki and Wayanand give the traveller a cooler location. It is in these areas where some of the tribes can still be found. Hill Stations are popular destinations for honeymoon couples both locally and internationally.
9.The Western Ghats of Kerala are filled with lush greenery and is home to lots of wildlife.We stayed overnight at the Kalypso Base Camp.The area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
10.Beautifully crafted products of the area. From jewellery to bags to art and sarees Kerala has their own distinctive style. Even the designs are typical to the area.

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It is hard not to fall in love with such a beautiful place. I have left a piece of my heart in Kerala and yes someday I will return. Is Kerala somewhere you would travel too ?

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10 Reasons why I LOVE KERALA

25 thoughts on “10 Reasons why I LOVE KERALA

  • September 20, 2016 at 5:25 pm
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    Why did I never heard of Kerala? So after ready your 8 points I didn’t find any added value to get there, but point 9 that the Ghats area is UNESCO World Heritage Site makes it more appealing!

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  • September 20, 2016 at 6:39 pm
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    We went to India last year but only the more Northern part. Kerala looks like a more hospitable landscape for sure. I have such fond memories of the spicy food and hope to return. I know we want to go to Sri Lanka soon and this part of India would work well with that trip. I was a little surprised about the tea plantations. I thought those were pretty much in the north around Darjeeling for example.

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  • September 20, 2016 at 7:22 pm
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    I love the idea of the welcomes in Kerala-I can’t imagine how amazing it would feel to walk into a hotel and be greeted like that! I did not know much about Kerala before but now I’m definitely intrigued.

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  • September 21, 2016 at 7:35 am
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    The backwaters and the abundance of wildlife makes Kerela one of the most beautiful states of India. People forget to explore beyond houseboats and ayurveda, but there is so much more to it. Liked the list 🙂

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  • September 21, 2016 at 9:08 am
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    Hello Verushka!

    Thanks to you I learned a new Hindi word today – Kerala 😀
    Glad that you’ve enjoyed your trip, and also crossed this out from your travel bucket list! Tell us more about the spice plantation 😀

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  • September 21, 2016 at 9:07 pm
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    I’ve never heard of Kerala but it seems it’s because I never set a foot in India! There are so many reasons now I want to go to Kerala : the food and the people are the main reasons I love travelling so on and on, meeting new people and being able to share with them experiences is the core of my movement! x

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  • September 22, 2016 at 7:43 am
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    Your post made me reflect back on why I love Kerala too! From the first vision of endless coconut trees crowded together from the flight window, to the green colors that are sharp that they make you blink, to the backwaters and the simple countryside…there are a million reasons!

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  • September 23, 2016 at 3:46 am
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    I too love Kerala, spent more than 20 years of my life there. And these are indeed my reasons too.
    Yet to stay in a houseboat… can you imagine that!!! I have to go at least once this life time.

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  • September 23, 2016 at 4:02 pm
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    I’d love to visit Kerala too, especially to taste and discover the food, and see where all the spices come from! Karen

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  • September 23, 2016 at 7:30 pm
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    I am sad that I never got to Kerala! The food and the people make this city a place to entice me to return! I was only in India for 3 weeks and it appears that I definitely missed some lovely cities.

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  • September 23, 2016 at 7:53 pm
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    God’s own country? Which god? (sorry). Since you’re the spice goddess (goddess’s own country?), I’m not surprised that you loved the spice plantations there, as I suppose anyone should, and wonderful that they lead to great food. As a tea-lover, I would love to try that as well.

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  • September 23, 2016 at 8:32 pm
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    Kerala sounds like another gem that needs to be visited when in India. I love how welcoming you describe everyone in the town seems to be. Besides visiting the tea plantations in the area and sampling local tea, I would also very much wandering around the Western Ghats and discovering this UNESCO world heritage site.

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  • September 24, 2016 at 6:50 pm
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    I have never been to Keralal but I have seen enough of its flavours sittin gin Kolkata to fall in love with it. I love its dosas especially masala and paper dosa. Not to forget the idli and sambhar. Although not my very favourite but curd rice is great too. The backwaters are ideal places to hang around with my camera and of course the spice plantations are a must visit.

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  • September 25, 2016 at 7:27 am
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    We have been to Kerala and can’t agree more on this that it is certainly God’s Own Country. We have been to spice plantations and were amazed to see how our favorite spices are grown. The happy people and the ride on the houseboat of backwaters are definitely must do.

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  • September 25, 2016 at 10:17 am
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    I am missing pictures of all these amazing places (and things)! Specially the food. I love trying new and local things, and I would like to know what you consider the best from there. And I’ve never heard about Hill Stations, after googling them I must say that they are quite amazing!

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  • September 25, 2016 at 3:04 pm
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    Oh I just love Kerala. I have spent three beautiful years in Kerala and a major part of my life. I am still a fan of the place. I would really like to visit it soon. All the mentioned pointers are just so true.

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  • September 25, 2016 at 5:09 pm
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    Lovely post and great tips and the pictures you got are looking awesome…gotta share more of those, I’d love to see more of that city =) Seems like a place I should put up high on my bucket list^^ Thank you =)

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  • September 25, 2016 at 8:39 pm
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    I used to have a friend from Kerala and I remember him telling me how beautiful his home county was. I would love to visit spice plantations and tea plantations. The foodie in me would also love to try the Dosa with spicy potato filling, as long as it’s not that spicy. 🙂

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  • September 26, 2016 at 8:31 am
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    You know, I had to google search Kerala after reading this post. I was fortunate enough to visit India early this year but now I feel like I’ve missed out and I need to experience Kerala as well!

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  • September 26, 2016 at 11:27 am
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    Kerala is one of the most beautiful states in India. You are absolutely right about every reason for loving Kerala. I have a special affinity for the food there. And of course some of my best friends are from Kerala, which says a lot about the people there

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  • September 26, 2016 at 11:33 am
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    Verushka, I totally fell in love with Kerala. I visited Palakkad two years ago and everything was perfect about it. People are so friendly and the food is also amazing. I regret that I didn’t try the Houseboats and didn’t go to the rain forest. But I really want to come back.

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  • September 26, 2016 at 2:44 pm
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    I am so sad that I missed Kerala during my travels in India! It truly is the Venice of India! The food, the music, the nature.. It all looks and sounds so amazing!

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  • September 27, 2016 at 7:23 pm
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    Kerela is indeed God’s own country! Though I’ve never visited there but wish to go there some day in my life!

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