1 Ritual theatre
Elaborately costumed, arcane dance dramas, such as kathakali and theyyem, are an essential part of the Kerala experience.
Chill out in a cliff-top café, sunbathe on the beach or soak up the atmosphere around the town’s busy temple tank.
3 The backwaters
Explore the beautiful waterways of Kerala’s densely populated coastal strip on a rice barge or punted canoe, following the narrow, overgrown canals right into the heart of the villages.
4 The High Range
The tea plantations, pepper groves and grassy mountains around Munnar and Periyar are the perfect antidote to the heat and humidity of the coast.
5 Fort Cochin
Dutch, Portuguese, British and traditional Keralan townhouses line the backstreets of Malabar’s old peninsular port. See the grandest of them from the inside by staying in a heritage hotel.
6 Temple festivals
Parades of extravagantly decorated elephants, backed by drummers and firework displays, form the focal point of Kerala’s Hindu festivals.