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Things to do in Kerala

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Sublocality
“A charming seaside area, Fort Kochi is known for its Dutch, Portuguese, and British colonial architecture, and elaborate bamboo fishing nets at Fort Kochi Beach. St. Francis Church was the original burial site of explorer Vasco da Gama. Upscale eateries and chic cafes serve Keralan specialties, and quaint shops sell cotton clothing and handmade souvenirs. Heritage buildings house contemporary art galleries.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Nature
“Edakkal Caves, also Edakal, are two natural caves at Edakkal, around 120 km south-west of Mysuru, in Wayanad district of Kerala. The caves are situated 1,200 m above sea level on Ambukutty Mala, on the Mysore Plateau, in the Western Ghat”
  • 18 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“Must visit experience if you have kids. It is really nice to see how the elephants are taken care of. Suggested to visit early in the morning to see the elephants being taken for a shower, etc. Get in touch with Jungle Camps and Lodges for a special experience. (can be considered a little expensive if you take the half day tour). ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“The right place to enjoy the Sun-rise and Sun-set! Those who have a flavor for Sea-foods, yes, it is the just caught one made deliciously available to you hot and yummy!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Scenic view of mist covered valley and mountains. One can experience different views at different time of the day. Go there early morning for mist covered mountains and sunrise view. Go there in the evening to enjoy the sunset view with fountain light show. Perfect place for photography.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“A heavenly sight one will certainly imprint in the minds and soul for ever! One can enjoy the God's artistic natural creation here!!”
  • 10 locals recommend
Beach
“The beach is around 10 km long and is ideal for swimming as the tide is mostly low and the waves are gentle.. It is one of the few places where the backwaters and the sea can be seen in a single frame.Cherai Beach offers the less busier and cleaner option. Distance From the stay:- 15km (30mins) ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Park
“The best place to buy plants. If u want to buy plants then take the road next to simspark entrance which takes u to the back side of the park were they sell quite a few verities of plants. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Entertainment
“The Mattancherry Palace is a Portuguese palace popularly known as the Dutch Palace, in Mattancherry, Kochi, built in 1555 in the Indian state of Kerala which features Kerala murals depicting portraits and exhibits of the Rajas of Kochi.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Synagogue
“The Paradesi Synagogue is the oldest active synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations, located in fort Kochi, Kerala, in South India. Constructed in 1567, it is one of seven synagogues of the Malabar Yehudan or Yehudan Mappila people or Cochin Jewish community in the Kingdom of Cochin. Paradesi is a word used in several Indian languages, and the literal meaning of the term is "foreigners", applied to the synagogue because it was built by Sephardic or Spanish-speaking Jews, some of them from families exiled in Aleppo, Safed and other West Asian localities. It is also referred to as the Cochin Jewish Synagogue or the Mattancherry Synagogue.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Sublocality
“A beach town on the Arabian Sea in southern India, Kovalam features three spectacular crescent beaches. The most popular and largest beach is Lighthouse Beach, aptly named for its 30-metre lighthouse, which features a stunning site - the Vizhinjam mosque. For a less crowded beach, visit Samudra Beach, with ample coconut trees and great views of the local fishermen at work.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Doddabetta is the highest mountain in the Nilgiri Mountains at 2,637 metres. There is a reserved forest area around the peak. It is 9 km from Ooty, on the Ooty-Kotagiri Road in the Nilgiris District of Tamil Nadu, India. It is a popular tourist attraction with road access to the summit. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Premise
“One of the largest shopping mall in India and one of the most visited places in Kerala, containing India's largest hypermarket, hundreds of outlets including 2500 sq ft.food court, resturants, entertainment zones, multiplex, ice-skating ring and a bowling alley.Adjusent to it is five star Marriott hotel.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Chamundi Hill is where the famous Goddess Chamundi. Commonly known as Durga, Goddess Chamundeshwari the is personal deity of the Mysuru royal family, protector of Mysuru City. Chamundi rides a lion and in her powerful hands she holds a trident. She’s mother goddess and a fierce protector.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Garden
“ The botanical Gardens of Ooty are one of the most sought after and famous tourist destinations in the whole of India. It is located on the hillock of Ooty which is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Entertainment
“The whole palace is lit at 7pm on a Sunday night and on the other nights the Sound & Light show is at 7pm”
  • 12 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Authentic Coorg cuisine with chilled beer. Wait periods are long during busy weekends. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
  • 2 locals recommend
Karnataka Restaurant
“Best place to have mutton and pork... must to try when you are in MADIKERI ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Café
“the place to go for music and drinks and meeting people in a nice atmosphere”
  • 2 locals recommend
Clothes Shop
“Nice gift shop, awesome bread ( ask the to slice it) decent pizza good coffee”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Good ambience and lovely selection of Global Cuisine. Great coffee and desserts”
  • 4 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends

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