As Nature Intended – Sightseeing in Kerala A strip of land between the Western Ghats mountain range and the Arabian Sea called Gods Own Country by its inhabitants no doubt because of its lush natural beauty, diverse ecology and the bounty they enjoy from the fertile land. Kerala with its vast stretches of tranquil backwaters, beautiful beaches, rainforests, historic and cultural monuments combine to provide a unique sightseeing experience.

Take a leisurely trip in a houseboat to experience the lakes, lagoons and canals that make up the backwaters of Kerala that extend across the state. Lie back on deck and enjoy the sight of rice fields, coconut groves, people going about their daily chores and coastal scrub jungles slip past and catch views of migratory birds, endangered marine species and beautiful sunsets over vast expanses of water.

Enjoy beaches? Kerala has plenty to rave about. The state has some of India’s most pristine beaches popular with visitors for their wide swathes of white sand, shallow warm blue seas and a laid back vibe.

Kerala’s highlands are home to large tea plantations and spice gardens. It certainly will be a different sort of experience to take in these plantations from a cool 4,000 to 8,500 feet.

Wild life lovers will be thrilled at the opportunity to get acquainted with Kerala’s diverse flora and fauna that include herds of elephants, reclusive tigers and other mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians in the Silent Valley National Park a tropical evergreen forest and the Thekkady Tiger Reserve.

For the history buff Kerala has its share of ancient monuments and unique temples that are architecturally different to those in India’s other regions. The most striking feature is their steep and pointed wooden roofs covered in copper sheets projecting out. A combination of stone, wood and stucco work, the temples also have their own traditional design that has incorporated courtyards, corridors, a kitchen and a temple tank into the temple framework. They are still used as places of worship and some have been declared protected monuments because of their historic and architectural value.

Enjoy the sights and sounds of gods own country impossible to be found so close together anywhere else.

Atop a rocky promontory overlooking a blue bay with a wide crescent of white sand the Leela Kovalam offers guests an ideal destination for sun, sea and relaxation. The selection of contemporary well appointed rooms and large luxurious suites at this Kovalam beach Resort caters well to the requirement of modern travellers. As one of prominent Kovalam luxury hotels guests are offered a range of facilities and amenities that include restaurants and bars serving delectable selections of local and international cuisine, excellent leisure facilities and a unique Ayurveda spa with a team of specialists and a range of treatments using fresh ingredients. Stay at this property and enjoy a unique holiday experience.

By pauline