Falling In Love With Kerala- Gods Own Country
During March 2018, a group of 29 travel bloggers and I had the opportunity to travel to Kerala in India on the Kerala Blog Express season 5. Over two weeks we experienced the best of the state and each fell in love with Kerala in our own way.
From the amazing backwaters to the mountain stations, beautiful tea plantation, special interactions with locals and the gorgeous beaches, Kerala has so much to offer! This is why I teamed up with some of the travel bloggers I explored alongside with to tell you why they fell in love with Kerala and convince you why you need to visit now!
Tell Us – Why Do You Love Kerala?
Why Gloria Fell In Love With Kerala
Kerala was a total surprise to me. Being already two times before in India, this area of the country had my heart since the very first moment. With the most charming and kind people, giving you huge smiles as soon as you smile at them. Also, the food will make you die out of pleasure after eating it and while licking your fingers.
Kerala to me is a land of senses and where life is vibrant in each of its stunning landscapes. With coconut trees everywhere that gives it a relaxed and beach atmosphere, backwaters to relax in silence on board of a river cruise and definitely, my favorite of all: the highlands in Munnar. Walking through some of the oldest tea plantations in India, drinking their tea, and enjoying the fresh air of the mountains made this area my favorite!
Why Patrick Fell In Love With Kerala
One thing I love about Kerala is its incredible diversity! Beautiful beaches, the tropical backwaters, the hills of Munnar – Kerala has it all! You’ll find super cheap budget accommodation as well as very high class and luxurious resorts. Therefore, Kerala is the perfect place to travel for every kind of traveler and your visit will certainly be full of diverse and unique experiences!
Why Neeharika Fell In Love With Kerala
I love Kerala for its people. It was the one thing that surprised me, in my own country. It has never so happened that I have walked in a crowded Indian market with a bunch of other girls, exploring, taking my time clicking unhurried pictures and the local people have only been welcoming. Here in Kerala, the people are warm and welcoming. They greet you with pleasant smiles and make actual conversation. They are genuinely interested in knowing where you are from and helping you understand their state and culture. I felt safe in Kerala, and that I owe to its people.
Why Nicola Fell In Love With Kerala
There are just so many things to love about Kerala. From the minute you step off the plane your senses will go into overload. The heat, the smell of spices, the buzz of people talking and the constant beeping of car horns. This place is alive!
For me, the best thing about Kerala was without doubt the people. The friends that I have met on the Kerala Blog Express will be friends for life but beyond that I have never met a nationality so welcoming, friendly and happy before.
One example of the warmth of the people was a day when we had spent over an hour in a museum and had seen what had to be seen. We could hear what had become at that stage, the familiar beat of the drums of another celebration. This was where we wanted to be, among the local people. So a small group of three of us sneaked off to explore. The festival was quite a large one and we were the only uninvited tourists there so we were hardly inconspicuous.
Before we knew it, an elderly man approached us with the warmest smile on his face and ushered us into his house to eat with the locals. No questions asked, no judgements. We were just accepted and treated like locals. I knew at that moment that the warmth and hospitality we had been seeing was not just a show for the cameras , or the Kerala Blog Express tour, but was entirely genuine and there will always be a special place in my heart for the people of Kerala.
Why Maria Fell In Love With Kerala
What I loved the most about Kerala were not the great adventures, the lush green landscapes, the delicious food or the cheerful celebrations. Although all of those things are worth mentioning, the people of Kerala are actually the one thing that surprised me the most. What I saw during my time there was locals being kind, observant, conscious, helpful, hospitable among many other qualities. What I loved when talking to people was the lack of judgement towards others. My impression is that people of Kerala are quite tolerant.
Why Valentia Fell In Love With Kerala
I love Kerala because it’s a world apart and it’s completely different from the rest of the country. Kerala is a mosaics of dozens of different confessions, cultures and ethnic groups that makes it a very special place on earth. It is a region based on values such as tolerance and hospitality and I could clearly feel it: everybody is very welcoming and it’s very easy to feel like home. Apart from this, in Kerala I’ve seen the best sunsets of my life: in front of the backwaters in Allapunzha, looking at the tea plantation in Munnar and sailing around Fort Kochi. I’ll never forget this amazing state!
Why Teresa Fell In Love With Kerala
I love Kerala because it has some of the friendliest people I have ever come across. Kerala could easily be called the Land of Smiles. Wherever you go, Keralites will be there to greet you with the widest of smiles you’ve ever seen. Even just walking down the street, eye contact with a stranger more often that not results on a smile. And you know what they say about smiles being infectious. It is certainly very refreshing to feel so welcome!
Why Karmen Fell In Love With Kerala
Kerala is a place that I liked a lot. Since I was on the plane and began to observe its abundant palm trees dotted with some houses I knew it was going to be an incredible place. The people of Kerala are always willing to offer you a smile and the contrast between the north and the south of this country has attracted my attention. Life is quieter, the streets are cleaner and there is no pressure on the tourist.
I can never forget the sunsets that are in this country where sun begins to turn a deep pink shade. For me there are two places and two sensations that I loved about Kerala. The backwaters of Kerala and the tea plantations of Munnar. The sunsets and the coconut trees that flood this region. That’s why it’s worth visiting this place.
Why Greta Fell In Love With Kerala
One of the things I loved most about Kerala is the wide variety of activities you can do. From beaches to mountains we visited a lot of different places in Kerala, all with different landscapes and characteristics. From cruising the backwaters in Alapphuza in a luxury houseboat to exploring the tea plantations in the hills of Munnar, or from kayaking in Kannur to hiking in Wayanad, there are so many awesome things you can do in Kerala, it’s the perfect destination that can cater to any type of tourism.
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Backpackers Wanderlust was able to visit the Kerala while partaking in Kerala Blog Express season 5, however, as always, all opinions are my own.