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5 Things you must Do and See in Kerala, India
1. Take an elephant ride with a guide through the Periyar Wildlife Park. Your guide will walk you past low-hanging trees where the monkeys watch you as you pass by. It's a great opportunity to commune with nature. The sanctuary also offers visitors cruises on the lake as well as guided treks to the ruins of the Mangala Devi Temple. Herds of wild elephants can be seen coming down to the lake to play and bathe.

2. Watch the Kathakali form of theatre. It includes acting, dancing, literature, and music. Various stories from the Mahabharata and Ramayana are enacted through dance. The dancers, musicians, and makeup technicians undergo many years of training prior to starting work for a stage performance. The actors/dancers lend visual appeal to the singing through their facial gestures, movements, and dancing. The eyes and their expressions play a major role in the dance and in interpreting the song. You can sign up to learn the Kathakali at Kerala's Kalamandalam. The Bharat Natyam is a similarly interesting form of dance.

3. Take a cruise on the backwaters of Kerala. The backwaters are a network of lakes, canals, rivers, lagoons. The banks are covered in lush greenery and coconut trees sway by the wayside. Birds and animals can be spotted through the foliage. Cruises on rice boats could last from a few hours or a day trip to a few days. They could be the perfect romantic getaway, especially on a bright moonlit night. Get a guided tour or make your own way through what is officially known internationally as the Venice of the East. As you ride, your personal chef will cook up a traditional Keralite meal that's perfect for the occasion and surroundings.

4. Practice a holistic lifestyle with yoga in the early morning and an ayurvedic massage from trained masseurs during the day. Take a refreshing medicated bath or mud therapy to cure any aches and pains from your regular lifestyle and try the herbal diets that come highly recommended.

5. Visit the Snake Park located at Parassinikadavu, Kannur. The park is unique throughout India and is home to many different species of snakes. It features three snake pits and fifteen glass cases as well as two large glass houses for the King Cobras. A professional handler conducts a snake demonstration every hour to an enthralled crowd.
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Orson Johnson writes for Holiday Velvet, a website providing Kerela vacation rentals and worldwide holiday rentals.
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