Kerala is known as God’s Own Country and is a state that is unlike any other in India. This beautiful state has almost 600km of picture perfect coastline, framed with palm trees and known for its famous backwaters. Away from the coast, you will find mountains with tea, coffee and spice plantations as well as an abundance of wildlife. The Keralan people have a relaxed, beautiful way of life that revolves around their natural surroundings. The recent tourism campaign ‘Human By Nature‘ is an ode to the people who call Kerala home and their stories.
I’m writing this article in partnership with the Kerala Tourism to share with you their latest campaign, Human by Nature, and why meeting the people of Kerala will likely be the highlight of your Indian travels.
The Human by Nature campaign highlights, not just the main tourist sites in Kerala but the deeper stories about how nature, wildlife and human life are connected and beautifully intertwined.
To walk the ancient streets that run across cultures, beliefs and ideas, to open wide the mind and watch the colours seep into each other and let the courtyard of the world make us human, all over again.
To revel in the innocence of forests and the wisdom of ancient ways, to find answers in the mystery of mountains and strength in free, soaring lives.
To believe in fearless minds and tireless feet, to brave the raging seas every day and walk side by side with hearts that beat in time with the waves.
To go with the flow, along slow-moving canals, to find deep journeys in little country boats, to catch the drift of conversations under quaint log bridges, and discover close-knit lives on distant islands.
When visiting Kerala, allow yourself to fully embrace the region, talk to as many locals as possible, eat all the food and surround yourself with nature. These are some of the top experiences that we recommend:
- Take a romantic and relaxing houseboat cruise along the backwaters of Alleppey.
- Visit a tea plantation and drink plenty of local tea!
- Take a swim in the Arabian Sea and beach hop around the state’s often empty beaches.
- Take a spice plantation tour.
- Take a tour into the jungle and see animals in their native environment, swim in waterfalls and marvel at the greenery!
- Explore historic Fort Kochi and its impressive architecture.
- Watch a snake boat race in Alleppey.
- Visit an elephant sanctuary.
- Watch a Kathakali performance.
- Visit some traditional villages.
- Enjoy a Ayurvedic treatment.
- Take a local cooking class.
I would love to visit during the Holi Festival where we could celebrate and enjoy the festival with locals and visitors alike, and get more colourful than you could ever imagine!
This video is from the Kerala Tourism ‘Human by Nature’ campaign. It’s a beautiful video, and definitely not your standard tourism campaign. Focusing on the human perspective and stories of the people of Kerala, it implores you to travel deeper and immerse yourself not just in the natural beauty of Kerala, but also in that of the culture and the people who call it home. It’s not just all about getting in, getting your shots for Instagram and getting out. It’s about delving deeper, exploring and creating connections and bonds with places and people that you will never forget.
India has long been on my bucket list, and for Dan it is one of his favourite countries to date (out of more than fifty)! We’re now waiting until we’ve had kids because of the zika risk in a lot of Asian countries but the minute we are able to, we’ll be on a plane there and can’t wait to immerse ourselves in Keralan culture.
Have you visited beautiful Kerala?
This post was sponsored by Kerala Tourism.
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