Deep down in the West of India there is a small state sticking at the coast: Kerala. In quite some aspects it is very special: the communist party changes with the Congress party in the gouvernment, it has the highest literacy-rate (93,9%), the the lowest corruption and an interesting mix of religions: 55% hindus, 27% muslims and 18% christians. 5% of that (majority in the mountains) are Adivasi. Caused by a low birthrate and a high emmigration to countries of the arabic gulf-area, the growth of population is moderate. Due to migration quite some money comes back to Kerala and helps for a comparable high living standard.
It is of historical interest, that islam didn’t arrive by the conquering mogul of the north, but arrived by arabic traders. With the main crop of rice, coconut, rubber, coffee, tea, betelnut, pepper and other spices the coast of Malabar was attractiv for the sea-trade. Also today agriculture creates a hugh part of income.
In terms of landscape Kerala has to offer a lot: next to a beautiful coast with sandy beaches and the famous backwaters the Western Ghats are reaching high above 2.000 m. Here one can enjoy, who feels the tropical climate in the lowlands to exhausting.
Kerala offers enough for a diversified trip – but for sure one can also combine it with the neighbouring states Karnataka and/or Tamil Nadu. We create individual fixed tours same as group-tours. But usually the best suitable way to discover is an full tailormade trip – matching your desires!
We are specialised in the village-tourism in Wayanad, a less known but very attractive travel-destination, which especially leads you to the life of the Keralites!
Below we are introducing some topics in short which will be of interest for your stay in Kerala. For sure we’d deliver more informations you wanna know!
Kerala is suitable for roundtrips andd therefore experiencing a variety of accommodations. Next to fancy resorts with Ayurveda-offers (classic or wellness), there are also charming smaller houses and garantued family-bonding and homemade food in the homestays in Wayanad.
Kerala offers in different fields cultural experiences. Literarily a lot is published in the local language malayalam, but the classic read “God of small things” of Arundhati Roy is in english a good starting literature. Famous even far wider than Kerala is the Kathakali-dance, a combination of music, dance, pantomime and drama together with elaborate costumes about mythical-religious topics. Show you can see at different locations. Theyyam is another ritual dance with great costumes and masks, which is far-spread in the north of Kerala. But you can also have other dancing performances in your itinerary. Kalarippayat is an age-old indian martial art, the performance is really impressive.
Due to the big mix of religions there are several temples, churches and mosques to visit. The coexistance of the different religions in the several laces is very interesting to observe. In Kochi there even is a synagogue. There was a rich jewish society, but most of them emmigrated after the foundation of Israel.
The cuisine of Kerala offers a huge variety and is very tasty. Next to the here growing spices many coconut-products and Tapioka are used. Who likes can easily get veg dishes, but also consumers of meat and fish will find delicious offers. You will not only have great food offered (sometimes served on a banana-leaf), but can learn the basics in a cooking-class. i you ever try to eat with hands only? Here you have a good chance to try!
Kerala is dominated by agriculture. Spices grow next to paddy fields, below coconut-palm-tress, between bananaplants and coffee-bushes. But not only eatable plants are growing here but also plants for medical use, especially for ayurvedic treatment. Take the chance and see yourself how the plants are growing and being harvested.
India is THE country, where lots of things are prouced manually. Often in quite plain houses or corners one can find manufactures, which produce incredible things. Also in Kerala are many. We want to emphasise especially the manufactures in Way – you can observe the production of chocolate, bamboo-items, pickles, baby-food, pottery etc.
The Sari is worn widespread in Kerala. When we stand clueless in front of a 5 m long clothpiece, the keralese woman just wraps herself into it in 5 min. How does it feel to wear a Sari and how exactly is the wrapping done? For sure we’ll arrange a try-on!
Kerala is investing comparatively a lot in education especially in the literacy. Diverse kinds of schools are provided for the children. would you like to see how they are taught? Then a school-visit is a good idea! In this primary school in Mothakkara we did the Kamerakidz-project. More you’ll find soon on the Kamerakidz-website!
Unique is the landscape of the Backwaters – a far branched out network of waterroads on 1900 qkm. 1500 km long are the natural rivers and canals. People use these for transport and therefore many settled down here. The fragile ecosystem is unfortunately in danger due to strong interference of humans. Nevertheless is a tour a fascinating experience. The Periyar-Nationalpark is suitable for animal-spotting. And in the Western Ghats there are beautiful waterfalls, lakes and mountains with shorter and longer walking-opportunities.
Indeed the cities Trivandrum, Kochi, Kollam, Kozhikode, Thrissur and Aleppey offer many interesting sightseeings and are full of historical witness, but who wants to get to know the life in Kerala better, has to go to the villages. You have time for encounters and exchange with the villagers, which will give you a good insight. The people are very kind and hospitable. Getting to know the connections of the village can be really exciting. Don’t get confused: the villages usually don’t have a visible border, but seem to merge with the next one.
Known is Kerala also as the source of ayurvedic treatment. Several resorts and institutions offer long treatments or wellness based on ayurveda. For the correct treatment you have to take a long time as such a cure has a lot to do with a change of habits. But the effect is incredible. Some of the applies are nice to get, some not so. And also the prescribed diet is not always delicious. Despite that most people value a longer treatment as it shows, where you have to start the change.
Kovallam and Verkala offer the most beautiful and best known beaches – but there are also smaller ones. Some comfortable beachdays before going home is a great idea. Especially as the peak season is in the european winter. Double joy about the shining sun, hot temperatures and a swim in the ocean.