State of Kerala Things to Do

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State of Kerala Things to Do

  • Chinese Fishing Nets

    4 out of 5 stars

    Kochi Things to Do

    This is the most awesome sight in Fort Kochi. Just a leisurely 5 minute walk from Saj Homestay and there they were! Its amazing to see something so fundamental and ancient still in use today. These fishing nets are made from bamboo and work using ropes weighted by rocks. The net is lowered by a fisherman walking on the bamboo pole and left in the...

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  • Kathakali

    Kochi Things to Do

    As explained on my opening page, this traditional dance show was amazing. We saw the performers putting on their colourful face paint and then went into the theatre for the show. The show was a mixture of facial expressions using the eyes and facial muscles and various forms of traditional Kathkali dance. There is no dialogue - the whole show...

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  • St Francis Church

    Kochi Things to Do

    St. Francis Church is India's earliest European church. Built by the Portuguese in the early 1500's, this wooden church with its simple whitewashed facade became the model for later churches. It was dedicated to St. Anthony. It was originally surrounded by the Portuguese fort which gave the town its name (Fort Cochin. A stone church soon replaced...

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  • Jew Town

    4 out of 5 stars

    Kochi Things to Do

    Fleeing Roman persecution, Jews reached the shores of south India (about 30 kms from Kochi) around the year 72 A.D. Over the centuries Jews migrated in waves. They became prosperous bankers and traders and spoke a language called Judeo-Malayalam. In the 16th century, after persecution by the Portuguese, the Jews were forced to migrate to...

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  • Fish Market

    Kochi Things to Do

    Near Vasco de Gama Square and the Chinese Fishing Nets is a small fish market. The freshest seafood -fish, prawns, lobsters - can be purchased and cooked for you (made to order) in one of the stalls. Coconuts and other snacks are available nearby. The area comes to life at night with locals and foreigners. A great place for photos.

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  • Backwater

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Kochi Things to Do

    KTDC charge 400/- half day(4 hrs) 650/-full day(7hrs) back water tour.. but some private companies.. charge only 450/- full day tour (7hrs) include lunch.. arround 20 peoples on the very good boat.. with guide.. and staff.. ...When i were checking tips before i travel to kerala.. no one wrote the prices of back water .. and no one even reply the...

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  • Mattancherry Palace

    4 out of 5 stars

    Kochi Things to Do

    Not being much into churches and temples I did want to give the Dutch Palace a squiz and enjoyed it. It is really cheap to enter and I liked the big rooms and high ceilings as well as the lovely big pictures of the Rajas that inhabited it. Check the link below for the full history. I would recommend a visit here. The drive to the Palace through...

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  • Santa Cruz Basilica

    4 out of 5 stars

    Kochi Things to Do

    Built by the Portuguese Santa Cruz Basilica recently celebrated its 500th anniversary. It is one of only eight basilicas in India. It has a Gothic facade and soaring spires and is a very pretty building from the outside. The inside is ornate and huge - and very colorful with beautiful stained glass windows, arches, and charming confessional boxes....

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  • Jewish Synagogue

    4 out of 5 stars

    Kochi Things to Do

    This imposing structure was built in 1568, when the Jews settled in Mattancherry, after their expulsion from Rahabi, who built a clock tower and paved the floor synagogue with hand painted willow pattern tiles brought from China. Its most important relics are the impressive copper plates recording king Bhaskara Ravi Varma's 4th century decree that...

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  • Paradesi Synagogue

    4 out of 5 stars

    Kochi Things to Do

    At the end of a narrow lane in Jew Town is Paradesi Synagogue. It is the oldest synagogue in India. The first Jewish settlers reached India in the early 1st century. Their settlement - then 32km north of Kochi prospered for centuries. After persecution by the Portuguese in the 16th century, the Jews were forced to migrate to Kochi. They settled on...

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  • Bishop's House

    Kochi Things to Do

    This lovely building was the residence of the Portuguese Governor. The 27th Bishop of the Diocese of Cochin, Domes Jos Gomes Ferreira, acquired this building which was built in 1557. Today it houses the Indo-Portuguese Museum which is a must see visit. There's also some nice gardens at the front.

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  • Indo Portuguese Museum

    Kochi Things to Do

    This important centre for understanding the Indo-Portuguese Christian Art heritage, which is still surviving, houses some honorable collections and is well known for its artistic and architectural marvels, which bear the mark of strong Portuguese influence. Some of these include a piece of the altar made in teak wood (16th century) from the Church...

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  • Dutch Cemetery

    Kochi Things to Do

    The 282-year-old Dutch Cemetery in Fort Kochi is considered to be an authentic record of hundreds of Europeans - both the Dutch and the English - who arrived in India to expand their colonial empire. It is the oldest European cemetery in India. Consecrated in 1724, the cemetery has 104 tombs. It is now being looked after by St. Francis Church. The...

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  • Houseboat

    Kochi Things to Do

    And this is what is looks like. This one has 2 bedrooms, kitchen, separate bathroom and toilet, but only one terrace. The houseboats of today - huge, slow moving, exotic barge used for leisure trips - are the reworked kettuvalloms of olden times. The original kettuvalloms were used to carry tonnes of rice and spices - a standard kettuvallom can...

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  • Vasco House

    Kochi Things to Do

    Whilst hubby was checking out another spice shop I happened to spy Vasco's House!! Wow! Apparently this is the house that Vasco De Gama lived in after discovering Fort Kochi many years ago :o) Now it is a quaint homestay. We met a nice English fella at the Rose Garden restaurant who was staying here and the report was unsurprisingly good. Oh and...

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  • Koder House

    Kochi Things to Do

    Koder House is actually now a boutique hotel, but this three-storeyed building opposite the beach at Fort Kochi is a landmark for visitors, and is pointed out with the same reverence as the Francis Church or the Chinese fishing nets. Until recently, it belonged to the most illustrious Cochin Jewish family, the Koders, who were the 'uncrowned...

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  • Golden Beaches of Alleppey Kerala by...

    The beaches of Alleppey on the coast south of Kochi are nice. Coconut palms right on the beach give them a lovely tropical feel. It was worth the visit however personally I would recommend staying in Kumarakom like we did rather than staying in Alleppey. We did a day trip from Kumarakom and I am glad that we did so that I could make this...

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  • Athirappilly Waterfalls Kerala by...

    Our holiday was about to finish. We had a late night flight out of Kochi and as such, had a full day to kill in between booking out from our accommodation at Kumerakom to arriving at Kochi International airport.So we hired a taxi and quizzed him about what to do. After discussing what we had seen and where we had been, our driver suggested that we...

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  • Munnar - Hills, Tea and Mountain Lakes

    We had not planned to visit Munnar but we are now glad we did. Located in the hills about 4hrs from Kochi and 3 1/2hrs from Kumerakom, we hired an air-con full day taxi from our accommodation in Kumerakom and sat back to enjoy a full day of lovely scenery and fabulous photo opportunities. Here is just a snippet of the time we had. Full story on my...

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  • Cultural Performing Arts & Dance of...

    You HAVE to do this!! Kerala is well known for its performing arts. This show is unique to south India. I had seen tips of this on vt and when our homestay host in Fort Kochi Saj organised tickets for us I was really excited!The show is a mixture of colourful traditional dance called Kathakali, colourful costumes, marshal arts, body movements,...

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  • Unique Houseboats of Kerala by aussirose

    These boats are unique to Kerala. They are basically made of rope stuck together with cashew resin. Called Kettuvallom or rice boat, they were originally used for the rice trade which is the staple of the Kerelan people along with coconut and tea.Now they are converted into awesome overnight accommodation (see the link below) and bring traditional...

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  • Famous Backwaters of Kerala by aussirose

    Kerala is well known for its backwaters - in fact it is commonly called "The Venice of the East". This is what attracted me to Kerala. Whilst most people visit the well known places in India, I wanted to experience something different and unique. This attraction certainly fit the bill - and I can totally recommend the backwater experience of...

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  • Fort Kochi Chinese Fishing Nets

    This would have to be the coolest unique attraction in Kerala - the Chinese Fishing Nets along the water front of Fort Kochi.Obviously an old Chinese tradition, these fishing nets are used daily by the fishermen who in turn sell their fresh catch along the water front. Just pick your fish and they will cook it for you on the spot.The nets are made...

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  • Lighthouse Beach

    This was the place where the Beatles chilled out in their day. And it is just beautiful. Get a hotel right near the beach, bars and restaurants, and you will be thrilled.The sand is lovely, the water is clear and clean, you can watch the fishermen bringing fish in from dragging nets from the beach. And for a few quid you can hire a sun lounger on...

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  • Periyar National Park and Wildlife...

    We took a trip up here to see wild elephant and maybe even a wild tiger. We saw plenty of elephants from a tour boat, but no tigers. We really werent expecting to see a tiger of course.It was miles from Lighthouse Beach, I mean, so far we had to stay over in a B&B, after climbing miles of crazy dangerous mountain roads to get there.It was lovely up...

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  • Rice Boat for a couple of nights is a...

    Seriously, if you are going to do one thing away from the beach, this has to be it. It was amazing. We booked it with a travel agent near the beach, and we were picked up from our Hotel, driven to the Rice Boat, and off we went for 2 nights.There was a cook, a cleaner/cook, and the driver of the boat, and just my partner and I. We chugged around...

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  • Cliff beach

    Away from the bustle of kovalam and north of trivandrum, nestled by towering red cliffs is the gorgeous beach of Varkala. Every keralite will credit the lushness of the foliage to the local red earth and they are on full display on the 30 foot cliffs of varkala.A positive fallout of the steep cliffs is that the beach is void of shacks and stalls. A...

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  • Kalari cneters and Backwaters in Kerala

    Hi,There are many kalari centres in Kerala and you will find best in North Kerala (Calicut and Kannur region).Some of the best Kalari centres area) CVN Kalari, Calicut ( They have two centres - Nadakkavau and Edakkad).b) MGS Kalari, Kannur.c) Gurukulam Kalari, Tellicherry.Since you know better than me ( regarding Martial arts), you can contact...

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  • kumarakom

    Backwater area near Kottayam . Highlighted as a bird sanctuary but both times i have been there i have been unlucky- only crows . The place is teeming with resorts. Visit during monsoon , rain drenched Kerala with lush greenery and overcast sky is a sight to behold (strictly for those who love the rain)

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  • Temples Of Kerala 3 - Malayalapuzha Devi...

    Well known Malayalapuzha Devi Temple is situated, East of Pathanamthitta 6 kms via Kumbazha (just outside the Pathanamthitta town) . The Goddess here is in the fierce form of the Goddess known as Bhadrakali. She is called Malayalapuzha Amma. The temple attracts devotees from all major religions of Kerala. It is a Hindu Temple, but each week one in...

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  • Temples of Kerala 2 - Chengannur...

    Chengannur, a beautiful town in 'God's own country', Kerala. Chenganoor, situates at the extreme east part of Alappuzha district. 117kms north of state capital Thiruvananthapuram on the Main Central Road (MC Road). Nammalwar of the 1st millennium CE, describes Chenkunrur or Chenganoor as a town where the smoke, emanating from the Vedic ritual...

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  • God's Own Country Kerala

    A trip towards the goodness of natureLocated on the Malabar coast of South India, Kerala is the cleanest state of India and is surely a charming tourist destination. National Geographic’s Traveller magazine has named Kerala as one of the “ten paradises of the world”.Its beaches, backwaters, tea plantations, wildlife sanctuaries, waterfalls, lakes...

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  • Kovalam Beach- A Beautiful Place for...

    KOVALAM means a grove of coconut trees in the native language Malayalam. This wonderful beach indeed offers an endless sight of coconut trees. This crescent-shaped beach has three parts viz. Samudra, Hawa and Light House. The southernmost beach, Light House Beach is the most popular amongst the three. It offers an amazing sight of Vizhinjam mosque....

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  • House Boats Kerala

    HOUSE BOATSA house boat is about 67 feet in length and has a width of around 13 feet in the middle. The materials that go into the making are all local and Eco friendly bamboo poles, coconut fiber ropes, bamboo mats, coir carpets etc. The main wood used is "Anjili". The house boats have fully furnished single and double rooms with sundeck, private...

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  • AYURVEDIC HOLIDAYS

    Rejuvenation Massage: In the Ayurvedic textbooks, rejuvenation has been termed as Rasayana. A definition of Rasayana in Ayurveda is described as: "That which destroys the old age and disease is called Rasayana." Rejuvenation Therapy ('Rasayana Chikitsa') tones, rejuvenates and strengthens all the tissues so as to achieve ideal health and longevity....

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  • Snake Boat Races in Kerala

    If you think English Football is the most electrifying event in the world, try Kerala snake Boat races.Boats manned by four helmsmen, 25 singers and 100 - 125 oarsmen who row in unison to the fast rhythm of the vanchipattu (song of the boatman). Thousands of people crowd the water's edge to cheer the huge black crafts as they slice through the...

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  • Kathakali- The Characters....... the...

    Katti (knife shape worn on forehead)Demons and villains. Usually nobles similar to pacca group.They wear similar make up/costumes,but their characteristics are the complete opposite.Teppu - This group may represent humans, animals or objects, many different performers.MinnukkuThis is the servant class.Make up is more subtle and costumes are less...

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  • Kathakali - The narrator

    Prior to the dance performance, the narrator gives a brief outline of the expected performance, and demonstrates the 9 facial emotions (mukhabhinaya) and various eye movements and their meanings.Kathakali also has a language of hand gestures which has 24 alphabets (in Sanskrit they are known as Mudras)these too are demonstrated.Typed handouts are...

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  • Kathakali - The Musicians

    In Cochin, live music accompanies the performance, tho' the performance I saw in Kovalam was to tape recorded music. ( which was a problem with the frequent power cuts!)The musicians are usually illuminated by a single lantern or candle flame, which adds to the atmosphere.The main instrument is the drum, a long barrel shaped instrument (sudda...

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  • Kathakali - Make Up

    The preparation of make up and dressing can take 2 hours or more, and follows a disciplined procedure, as the performer, takes on the whole persona of the character they are to present.Special aryavaida massages are essential to maintain the dancers stamina and flexibility.All the make up is prepared specially for each dancer, from minerals,...

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  • Kathakali

    Kathakali means story play. It is a classical dance- drama , derived from a form of yoga, that is believed to have its beginnings in the 2nd century BC, with the contempory form dating from the first half of the 17th Century AD. Many elements of art form are combined into a Kathakali performance.There are about 30 plays in existance,(originally...

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  • Kathakali - A revived artform

    Kathakali traditionally took place in temple grounds, with performances lasting 4 hours or longer. During Temple festivals the performance starts at 9pm and continues through the night until early morning.This artform was in danger of becoming extinct, but had a revival about 40 years ago.Tourism keeps the performance alive today, but concessions...

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  • Kathakali - The Characters - The Bad...

    Thadi or Tati (Beard) characters.Demon characters such as The Hunter Wears a red beard and false nose, with an outsized crown. He also is seen as a comic character.Face paint is black, representing evil.Other tati characters may have black or white beards as does Hanuman the monkey god

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  • Samudra Beach

    Samudra beach is a pleasant walk from Kovalam, about 2 kilometers a slow pace does the trick in the heat. This beach is very quiet and the best one for watching the fishermen. At the beggining of the beach are a few restaurants and shops. Once away from the hotels beaches you come to the quieter part nice for swimming, behind the beach is a lake...

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  • HAWA BEACH

    Hawa beach in kovalam is situated right next to lighthouse beach , the 2 are seperated by a rocky outcrop. Hawa beach in my opinion is the better of the two. As with lighthouse beach a few sunbeds are for hire and fishermen frequent the beach, It is a lovely sight to watch the men pulling in the nets and singing as they do so. The far end of hawa...

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