Kerala is land blessed with high mountains, deep lakes; enchanting backwaters, lush green vegetation and exciting wildlife altogether make it an appealing destination. This beautiful land also offers wonderful opportunities to adventure enthusiasts to indulge in several adventure and sport activities.
From water sports to wildlife tours to trekking trips, adventurous travellers have plenty of choices to rejoice about in Kerala. The high mountains, gushing rivers, dense forests and the vast stretches of ocean water present just the right destinations to let loose the adventurous spirit and indulge in some really exciting activities.
Kerala is a paradise for the bird watcher with hundreds of species of birds. Kerala, being the land of rivers, lagoons and lakes in the interiors and the sea on the west, also makes it an ideal destination for those inclined to indulge in water sports for relaxation and adventure. The adventure seekers in Kerala can opt for backwater biking, bird tours,camping,jungle safaris, canoeing, hiking and biking, trekking,water sports,wildlife tours and much more. For the wildlife enthusiasts, Kerala offers its diversity in the wildlife parks.The tropical evergreen rain forests in Kerala like the famous Silent Valley National Park offer scope for a variety of exciting adventurous activities for travel enthusiasts.
The heights of Munnar are also home to the royal and challenging sport of paragliding in Munnar, in Kerala. Wildlife trekking tours also form an intrinsic part of travel tours to places of adventure tourism in Kerala.
Trekking, hiking & camping
The hills in Kerala are found in the Western Ghats and are a favorite tourist destination. Hills are chosen as tourist destination by those who want to move away from the crowd and city noises and wish to relax for some time. There are many hills which are yet to be explored. The main activity which the tourist likes to get engaged in their trip is to go for a trek.
The mountain ranges especially the Western Ghat high ranges offers the breathtaking and exciting trekking trips. It gives endless opportunities to observe exotic and rare flora and fauna. Awe inspiring treks are centered in the state's national parks and Forest Reserves. The trial winds through Grasslands, vertical cliffs, rocky path, dense rain forest and shola grassland where Neelakurinji blooms. It will let you camp in the jungles, bond with the nature, eat and sleep under an open sky, sing and dance around campfire and directly interact with local people.
All the inland districts of Kerala have virgin and unspoilt land suitable for trekking and rock climbing. Thekkadi, Munnar and Waynad are good bases for trekking activities. Neyyar, Peppara, Agastya koodam biological park (Trivandrum), Thenmala (Kollam), Ayyampara, Wagamon, Elaveezhapoonchira, Panchalimedu, Kuttikanam (Kottayam), Thekkadi, Lock Heart Gap Munnar, Meenuli, Kudayathurmala (Iddukki), Bhootathankettu, Thattekkadu (Ernakulam), Atirappalli, Vazhachal (Trissur), Nelliampathy, Parambikulam, Silent valley (Palakkad), Addyanpara (Malappuram), Vellarimala, Tusharagiri, Kakkayam (Kozhikode), Kuruvai island, Chembra peak, Brahmagiri (Waynad), Aralam (Kannur), Ranipuram, Kottancheri (Kasargod) etc. are good places for trekking. The more adventurous can trek to risky spots like waterfalls located deep inside forests such as Aruvi falls (Trivandrum), Maramala (Kottayam), Atirappalli and Vazhachal (Trissur), Dhoni and Meenvallam (Palakkad). There is a mountain sports training center near Munnar.
One of the best ways to feel the natural pulse of Kerala is to experience a wildlife expedition in Western Ghat hill ranges! A wide range of national parks, nature reserves, tiger reserves are throughout in this area covering vast biodiverse topography. It is possible for any visitor to stay in these parks in jungle camps and take part in an organized jungle safari and activity program. You'll certainly get to see all the animals and birds you've never dreamt of seeing .The package offers cycling and walking in the wilderness along with a guide, jeep safari, nearby village visit and touring through some outstanding scenery.
Jungle Camps are located on outskirts of forest in different national parks, wildlife Sanctuaries and tiger reserves. These camps are controlled by Forest department. For wildlife lovers, Jungle Camp serves as one of the finest destination to stay. Equipped with all accommodation facilities, these Jungle Camps especially tree house camping provide an opportunity to enjoy the amazing wildlife in best possible way. Settle in to your surroundings, stay here for few days and enjoy the beauty of the impenetrable Forest before you.
Another added advantage of staying at here is that the guides looking after the place are themselves genuine wildlife enthusiasts and nature experts. Forest dept with the help of these guides , take guests to a nocturnal forest walk or safari to spot night wildlife. The safari tour including elephant safari and jeep safari arranged by Forest Dept enable visitors to have better and deeper view of the dense forest. The special tiger spotting program intend to provide an opportunity to tourists to encounter and film tigers in their natural abode.
Western Ghats of Kerala has traditionally been one of most famous bird watching regions. More interesting species of local and migratory birds of Kerala can be especially found in the rural jungle and designated nature parks, wildlife and bird sanctuaries, backwaters and coastal areas. The Kerala bird fauna is so diverse, so it is a paradise for bird-watchers and bird-photographers. The most common birds found around Kerala are Myna, Sandpiper, Bee-eater, Magpie-Robin, The Common Kingfisher, Cattle Egret and many more.
There are many expertly guided birding tour programmes that are rich and rewarding nature and cultural learning experiences. They cater trips for groups and independent travelers and tour schedule ranges from single day birding trip to multi days. So take your binoculars or camera to observe and capture images of the many enchanting beautiful birds when you're at the birding locations in Kerala.
There are many farm oriented tours which enables you to enjoy holidays in a special way. Whether you are a city-weary person or a first-time traveler to Kerala, you'll love the refreshing feel of farm house stay. Just a drive to rural Kerala and find yourself in quite different world. You can also see how various crops are cultivated. You can join the farm people in their activities and enjoy the lifestyle at a farm. Guests can indulge in fishing, birds & animal-spotting, or simply lazing in a hammock under a tree. Farm houses practice organic farming and you may enjoy fresh organic fruits/vegetables directly from the farm.
Farm house is fully equipped with modern facilities and gets an opportunity to cook food by own. From taking care of gardens, plants, raising animals for meat to milking cows, there are richness of activities and life in the farm houses. A farm tour and a stay in a farm house is going to be ultimate experience.