A great way to explore Kerala is to visit a mountain town, take a backwater cruise, and relax at the beach.
Munnar, a mountain town in Kerala, is a destination for those that wish to unwind within a small-town setting. The primary attractions of Munnar are its forested mountains dotted with tea estates, hiking, a bird sanctuary and national park.
Lakes, canals, and lagoons form more than 600 miles of the backwaters of Kerala, India. One way to experience the backwaters is by ferry services. The other is to rent a houseboat [kettuvallam] for a day or an overnight trip.
Kerala has over 370 miles of shoreline. While some of the beaches can be crowded, others are relatively quiet. It’s not a bad idea to travel during the monsoon months, June through August, when there are fewer tourists and off-season discounts at beach resorts are common.