With hundred percent literacy, and world-class health care systems, it comes as no surprise why Kerala is dubbed the most advanced society in India. Onto its aesthetics, Kerala is a beautiful and tranquil state. With the Western Ghats towering at 8,842 feet in the East, and the Arabian Sea glistening in the West, Kerala enjoys unique geographical features that have made it one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in Asia.
Where to stay: Kettuvallams on Alappuzha
Traverse the calm backwaters of Alappuzha, Kerala and while you're at it, why not stay a day or two under the stars in a luxurious houseboat.
Traditionally used at grain barges to transport rice harvest, and used as living quarters by royalty in another point in time, the Kettuvallams (houseboats) are now floating cottages for tourists. Just like a hotel, the houseboats have spacious rooms, western-style toilets, a dining area as well as a sit out on the deck. You don't have to fish for dinner as food is cooked and served on board the boat by the accompanying staff; serving up mouth-watering Kerala cuisine.
Coming in various designs, the houseboats can be hired as per the size of the family or visiting group. But whether you'll be staying on your own or with your family, you'd still be able to book a houseboat of your choice; in your favourite colour or size.
Visit http://southernbackwaters.com/tourAlleppey.htm for more details on routes, price packages as well as on houseboat sizes.
Where to stay: Vivanta by Taj - Bekal, Kerala
If you're prone to motion sickness or one who strictly adores level ground, but would still like to experience the cultural spin of the houseboats, then a stay-in at the Vivanta by Taj - Bekal, Kerala is your place.
The 71 laterite-lined villas and rooms that the retreat showcases are heavily inspired by the designs of the houseboats, and reflect Chitra Pothi art -- palm leave paintings -- on the walls making for a soothing stay. With over 26 acres of land space, the retreat offers individuals courtyard spaces, private plunge pools and the Jiva Grande Spa.
Vivanta by Taj - Bekal, Kerala, Kappil Beach, Kasaragod, Kerala - 671319
For more information visit http://www.vivantabytaj.com/Bekal-kerala/Overview.html or call +91 467 661 6612
What to eat: Bait Restaurant
India's cuisines are known to offer one of the best blends of spices in every mouthful. For a take on Kerala's exquisite cuisine, head down to Bait Restaurant in Trivandrum, Kerala. The seaside restaurant boasts an intimate setting as well as an array of cultural and authentic Kerala cuisine with a hint of modern touch.
Taj Kovalam Kerala, G.V Raja Vattappara Rd, Kovalam, Tridandrum 695 527, India
Where to visit: Varkala Beach
Being the only place in southern Kerala where cliffs are adjacent to the Arabian Sea, Varkala beach is home to a unique geological feature on the otherwise flat Kerala coast. On the sides of these cliffs hides water spouts and spas.
To make the trip worthwhile, stay on to view the magnificent sunset, as well as to try out the food from several restaurants and snack shops near and around Varkala beach.