Top things to do in Kerala

Top Choice Cafe in Kochi (Cochin)

Kashi Art Cafe

Fort Cochin's original (and best) art cafe, this fashionable, natural-light-filled space has a Zen vibe, a creeping vertical garden and stylish wood tables spreading out into a courtyard dotted with contemporary art…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Wayanad Region

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

Wayanad's ethereal 345-sq-km sanctuary is accessible only by two-hour jeep safari (₹680), on which you might spot langurs, chital deer, sambar, peacocks, wild boar or wild elephants; the odd tiger and leopard wander…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Periyar Tiger Reserve

Bison, sambar, wild boar, langur, around 2000 elephants and 35 to 40 tigers wander the lushly green hills of South India’s most popular wildlife reserve, which takes in 777 sq km of glorious Western Ghats country, i…
Top Choice Synagogue in Kochi (Cochin)

Pardesi Synagogue

Originally built in 1568, Mattancherry's synagogue was partially destroyed by the Portuguese in 1662, and rebuilt two years later when the Dutch took Kochi. It features an ornate brass bimah, elegant wooden benches,…
Top Choice Museum in Kochi (Cochin)

Mattancherry Palace

Mattancherry Palace was a generous gift presented to the Raja of Kochi, Veera Kerala Varma (1537–65), as a gesture of goodwill by the Portuguese in 1555. The Dutch renovated it in 1663, hence the alternative name, t…
Top Choice International in Kochi (Cochin)

Malabar Junction

Set in an open-sided pavilion or at candle-lit poolside tables, the outstanding Malabar House restaurant is (almost) Bollywood-star glam. The ambitious East-meets-West menu creatively fuses local and European flavou…
Top Choice Keralan in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Villa Maya

Villa Maya is more an experience than a mere restaurant. Dining is either in the magnificent 18th-century Dutch-built mansion or in private curtained niches in the tranquil courtyard garden. The Keralan cuisine is e…
Top Choice Seafood in Kovalam

Bait

Designed as an upmarket al-fresco beach shack, the fabulous Taj Green Cove seafood restaurant fronts the sea, with waves and palms on one side and chefs in a semi-open kitchen on the other. Seafood and spicy prepara…
Top Choice Museum in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Museum of History & Heritage

Occupying a handsome 120-year-old heritage building within the Kerala Tourism complex, this intelligently presented museum traces Kerala's history and culture through superb static and multimedia displays. Exhibits …
Top Choice International in Varkala

Soul Food Cafe

Fresh local ingredients fuel inspired, artfully prepared dishes at Soul & Surf's beautifully located clifftop garden cafe, where zingy mezze platters arrive with mini pappadams and slithers of chapati, coffee is…