The attractive beauty of the majestic peaks donning the Western Ghats and the emerald blue-green waters of the Arabian Sea blending in a kind of exotic harmony with the natural forests and their amazing flora and fauna invite millions of people to Kerala. This perfect setting lures adventure enthusiasts to indulge in adrenaline-driven activities.
Let’s take a look at some adventure activities that you can do while visiting Kerala.
Canoeing and Kayaking
If you are intent on experiencing the culture of Kerala at close quarters, then you can go on kayaking and canoeing. Different kinds of kayaking opportunities are available for visitors and you can choose from among them. The unique beauty of the backwaters and mesmerizing dense foliage beyond it can be enjoyed through a kayak tour.
Bamboo Rafting along the Rivers
If you are a nature lover to the core, then you wouldn’t want to miss the Bamboo rafting at Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekkady. This unique eco-tourism program allows you to enjoy the charming beauty of the forests where you loll marginally in the bamboo, watch the arboreal animals and enjoy the sweet medley of the birds. You can traverse through many of the forest areas when you raft, and most of the time, this can be arranged from early morning and goes on for 9 hours.
You can go into the woods at Thekkady and walk along the tiger trail. There will be skilled escorts to help you spot the other animals and a walk along the thick forests with relaxed, camouflaging clothes is surely inspiring. You can even cook in the jungle, enjoy a simple meal, sleep in the shelter and if lucky, you can surely spot a tiger. Trekking will definitely give you a taste of the mysterious forests of Kerala; but try as you might, you can’t crack the mystery… it still eludes you.
Living in a Tree-House
This is one of the most invigorating experiences of staying in this enchanting land. You can stay at the tree-houses where you can actually see for miles and spot the different animals from the vantage point. Tigers, Elephants, leopards, wild boar, bears and plenty of other animals may walk right below your tree-house. Get familiar with the splendid beauty of Kerala jungles and spot the subtle, yet countless aspects of the forest life right from your tree house. This facility is offered at many resorts in Kerala, and of course, it will be a lifetime experience because you can listen to the chirping of the numerous birds in the morning, enjoy the sun’s rays twittering through the dense trees and the rhythmic hum of the beetles in the evening.
If you are keen on mountain hiking, there are some main destinations where you can enjoy the adventure sport. Chembra Peak in Wayanad is a popular point for mountain climbing. It will take you one full day to climb the mountain and you need to protect yourself with sun blocks and mosquito repellents while climbing. Of course, you must have to bring food and water with you. The climb can be steep, rough, and you will have to suffer through mist obstructing the view.
The Treadmill Workout
Of course, this is not the kind of workout that you do at your gymnasium. You see this old-style ‘treadmill’ in the paddy fields of Kerala. If the farmer permits you, can try pedaling on the treadmill; the main function of this treadmill is to irrigate the paddy fields. It is going to be a whole lot of fun, and you can get your muscles toned too.