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Activities in Kerala

Emerald green forests blanketing the hilly stretches of Western Ghats against the magnificent backwaters invite adventure enthusiasts to participate in various outdoor activities in Kerala that’ll keep them high on adrenaline throughout their journey.

Angling

There are several mountain streams and brooks in Munnar that contain a variety of fish species like the trout, the famous Mahseer, catfish and many other which would tempt any angler. The backwaters of Kumarakom also offer fishing facilities with abundance of greenery and peaceful surroundings all around you. Devikulam, a hill station situated just a few kilometres away from Munnar is good for trout fishing. However the lake is located in the tea estate belonging to Tata Tea, so make sure you obtain the visit permit from the office of the tea estate.

Boating

Pookote Lake, three kilometres away from Lakkidi is an ideal spot for tourists to enjoy outdoor activities like a peaceful experience of boating. The lake is partly covered with lotus and one can hire row boats and paddle boats to move around here. Boating on the Pootoke Lake can be done from 9:00 A.M to 6:00 P.M or dusk. Mattupetty Lake, a few kilometres away from Munnar also offers boating facilities for travellers. For the view of breathtaking nature do not forget to carry a pair of binoculars. The Periyar Lake near Thekkady is a manmade lake and one has to buy tickets in advance for enjoying the boat rides here.

Camping

Mattupetty is a picturesque little place, just a few kilometres away from Munnar and here you can pitch a tent near the Mattupetty Lake which is also a famous picnic spot. Relax in the lush green forest area and witness a variety of flora and fauna around. Periyar National Park is a good spot where travellers can look forward to camping. Among the most essential things to carry are- mosquito repellent, packaged drinking water, munchies or snacks, comfortable sneakers, warm clothing, binoculars and camera.

Canoeing

Vembanad Lake in Kumarakom is a serene backwater stretch where canoeing is a great experience. Other hot spots for this adventure activity include - Kollam Backwaters, Karumadi Lake, Kayamkulam and Ashtamudi Lake. Canoeing is a good way to explore hidden forest trails, witness a variety of flora and fauna and to unwind. Before you set out to the lakes for this activity, make sure you carry your swimsuit, life jacket, towel, sunglasses, hat, drinking water and sun block.

Kayaking

Kumarakom, Kovalam and Alleppey are the well known destinations for Kayaking in Kerala. A kayak can accommodate only 2 people and its all upto the paddlers how to manoeuvre the kayak. You should keep yourself well informed about the weather conditions, tides and water current to ensure complete safety. Avoid kayaking in monsoons. It is well advised for beginners to go with trained guides and adhere to the safety guidelines. Travellers can hire necessary equipments from the kayaking camps or school. Wear comfortable clothing for this adventure activity along with life jackets, sun tan lotion and a hat. Also don’t forget to carry your handycam.

Mountaineering

Chembra Peak is the highest point in Wayanad Hills and lies 6890 feet above the sea level and offers a difficult climb for both mountaineers and trekkers. It can take you almost a full day trekking to the peak from the base and the trail is wet and slippery due to the never-ending rain. In your backpack don’t forget to put sun block, mosquito repellent, packaged drinking water, camera and some snacks that you can munch when you feel hungry.

Para-sailing

Alappuzha Beach is a well known beach offering a variety of thrilling water sports. Para- sailing can be done by attaching the Para sail to a long rope to the speed boat or a motor boat. Mattupetty and Devikulam in Munnar are also good spots for Para-sailing. Other destinations where this activity can be done are- Kumarakom, Alleppey and Kovalam. Don’t forget to carry comfortable sneakers and dress up in comfortable clothes before you set out to on this activity.

Surfing

Other activities in Kerala include surfing. The best surfing spots are Kovalam, Varkala and Gokarna. You can go surfing in these waters in the months of January and February, however months between May and August are also a good option. You can experience mid as well as high tides here with medium rate of challenges. Travellers can hire their own surfing equipments.

Trekking

Peermade in Kerala offers a number of good trekking routes in the hills of Vagamon, Kalhotti, Grampi, Paranthupara, Memala and Karandakapara, Pythal and Memala. Chembra Peak in Wayanad lies 2100 metres above the sea level and offers a difficult climb for both mountaineers and trekkers. Moreover, Munnar is home to South India’s highest peak, Anamudi which lies 8842 feet above the sea level. There are also several short treks including Lockheart Gap, a few kilometres away from Munnar offering breathtaking views. The amazing trail to trek to the Agastyarkoodam Peak starts from Kotoor and Bonacaud. The path is well maintained but the slopes are steep so one has to be very careful. Wagamon also makes a beautiful trekking destination with lush green valleys and tea estates. For the excursion don’t forget to carry comfortable sneakers for the excursion along with a camera, drinking water, sun tan lotion and sun glasses.

White Water Rafting

A considerably good spot for rafting is Thekkady. Rafting can be done here anytime between 8:00 A.M to 5:00 P.M. You can hire the equipments from the nearby training camps or schools. Make sure you are dressed in comfortable cotton clothing with a life jacket and wear water resistant shoes or floaters. Do wear a sun block as it will prevent you from getting tanned.


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