Places in Southern Kerala
Alappuzha – still more romantically known as Alleppey – is the hub of Kerala's backwaters, home to a vast network of waterways and more than a thousand houseboats. Wandering around the small but chaotic city centre, with its modest grid of canals, you'd be hard-pressed to agree with the 'Venice of the East' tag.
Once a calm fishing village clustered around its crescent beaches, Kovalam today is Kerala’s most developed resort. The main stretch, Lighthouse Beach, is touristy with hotels and restaurants built up along the shore, while Hawa Beach to the north is usually crowded with day-trippers heading straight from the taxi stand to the sand.
Tours and activities
Tips and articles
Pooram: a guide to India's greatest Elephant festival
20100424-P1030723 by brianholsclaw...
A perfect trip to Kerala
Travelling in Kerala is as easy and rewarding as a glide through its backwaters...
When in Kerala: 10 must-dos in India's deep south
Kerala has been a favourite haunt of travellers from around the world for nearly 600 years; it's been known to exhilarate, enchant and enthral...
Mini guide to Kerala, India
Squeezed between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats, Kerala is one of India’s most beautiful states. The rivers that make up the region’s backwaters are the star attractions...