My First Impression Of The Best State In India – Kerala

My First Impression Of The Best State In India - Kerala

15 days, 30 bloggers from 25 countries travelling 2300km around what is described as ‘the best state in India’. 
As most of you know by now I was invited by Kerala Tourism on a blogger press trip.  I was welcomed with open arms into Kerala – ‘Gods own country’, with flowers and a personalised sign.  I think I could get used to airport welcomes like this and now everywhere I go I will be expecting roses!  So, what are my first impressions of this Indian paradise?

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The people are beyond friendly and helpful

I have noticed in the last week of being here, people are so friendly and always smiling.  I know we are experiencing 5 star luxury right now and you would expect this kind of thing in these resorts, but even out of the nice hotels and onto the streets or canals of the backwaters, people are more than happy to be waving and saying hello to you.  Maybe it has something to do with the natural beauty that surrounds them!

My First Impression Of The Best State In India - Kerala

It is much more relaxed!

I backpacked 6 weeks from Delhi to Mumbai last year and the constant hassling can get overwhelming if you are not used to this sort of thing.  Here, I have had not one person come up and try sell me something or shout ‘rickshaw, rickshaw!’, NOT ONE.  From my experience so far, this would be the perfect introduction for newbie’s into India!  As a backpacker it can be a struggle and some people don’t think of coming to India a relaxing holiday but if you would like to take things a little slower then come here, it’s perfect!

My First Impression Of The Best State In India - Kerala

The food is beyond amazing and my belly is growing at a rapid rate…

I feel like all I have done is eat and eat, and eat.  The food here is more seafood based than the North and I actually prefer the cuisine down here!  Kerala is known as the land of palm trees so coconuts are very much a staple for food, skin and hair, and many other uses.  Just some of my favourite dishes so far have been the Putta (coconut rice) with squashed bananas – a popular breakfast option, and the Palada Payasam which is a dessert usually made with rice ada, milk, sugar and ghee.  A traditional meal for the  Kerala region is served on a banana leaf like the picture above.

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Green everywhere!!

The nature is beautiful and this place is so clean!  I love nature so to travel through Kerala is like walking into a tropical paradise for me.  Palm trees, beautiful beaches and wild animals are all things you can expect.  I even got to see WILD elephants which is something I thought I would never tick off my bucket list in India!

 

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3 Comments

  1. February 25, 2016 / 5:19 pm

    I would definitely include Kerala, on any visit to India. I hope to be there, sometime in 2021-22.

  2. Aley
    March 12, 2016 / 4:12 am

    Kerala is so very different than the rest of India, beauty, culture, literacy, celebrations, movies, music, art, culture, food everything is a lot different than the Indian culture, it’s very interesting! It’s mainly because all the explorers, apostles, etc landed in the south first because that’s where the ocean is, and it’s right on the ocean. There are so many different religions than the rest of the India, it’s very balanced with them all as well. My home! ♡
    by the way, i just wanted to let you know, it’s “puttu” and it’s not coconut rice, it’s rice flour and coconut. It’s very healthy because it’s steamed and very clean food. There are also so many different versions of puttu other than the transitional one, like chicken puttu, beef puttu, fish puttu, prawn puttu, other fruits puttus! There will be a layer of one of these in the regular puttu,that’s how stuffed puttus are, still steamed. Do try jackfruit puttu, it’s pretty rare and super yummy!
    I do want to suggest a couple of places with hill stations and wild life such as munnar, the beautiful wayanad!, gavi in pathanamthitta, idukki! Agricultural best is Kuttanad, and the Venice is Alappuzha! If you’re an art lover do visit Trissur, it’s rich with our art culture and history, people here live in art! And do wander around some villages with amazing beauty!
    Also, stores like ‘Pulimoottil silks’, ‘chennai silks’ etc will have the best quality sarees etc for way less money than other places, quality comes first in the south!
    🙂 Have a wonderful time!

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