Holidaytravel.co has reviewed both Kerala and Srilanaka, Both Options are Viable, Both Kerala and Sri Lanka are great places to visit in November,December,Janauary, February. Both offer great beaches and hill stations as well as High Lands
Kerala offers some of the finest beaches in the world (Kovalam, Varkala, Marari are the top destinations for visitors to Asian beaches).
For Mountain lovers, Kerala also offers The Best Mountain Hill Station - THE MUNNAR, known for its great landscapes, Valleys, Tea Estates, Lakes, Waterfalls, Treks, Best and Tourist Friendly Resorts as well Hotels. The entry to Munnar itself is magical and tourists are spell bound its magical vistas..Munnar is the Best Mountain Destination In India without any doubt. In addition it is a Heaven for Ayurvedic Massage Centres, Healers, and Best Tea Factories. Munnar boasts of Highest Tea Factories in the world. You can indulge in many activities in Munnar and never get tired..
In addition, Kerala also offers great destinations like Wayanad and Thekkady-Periyar which are are synonymous with nature and natural beauty. A boat ride on the Periyar lake with dense forest on both sides in the early morning and late afternoon is an enchanting memory that remains unsurpassed. You have chance to see incredible wild life from the safety of boats.
Kerala also offers you the unique experience of Back water cruises, Kerala has many back water ways in Alleppy ( Allupuzza), You can indulge here in half day or full day cruises. The houseboats of Kerala cruising on the backwaters is a unique experience. Luxury, comfort and great views of rural Kerala make it a never-to-miss tourist attraction.
Then there is the different folk dances like Kathakali and Mohiniyatam.
Kerala is the house of Ayurveda - a 5000 year old science rejuvenates the body and leaves you fit and fine - Kerala is home to some of the finest centres where Ayurveda is practiced.we would recommend that if you have 3 weeks holiday, Then you can do 2 weeks in Kerala and i week in Kerela, However there is so much to do in both places, We suggest that if you need Grand Holidays or Honeymoon at best rates, Kerala is better option.
Kerala is also home to some very old temples, they do not feature on tourist itineraries (foreigners are not allowed to enter some temples).
Kerala is the land of Christ, also offers Chritian Pilgrimage, In fact South and Central kerala is full of Churches, There are more churches in Kerala than in Rome and USA combined and is also home to some very old churches too. St Thomas, one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ came in 52 AD. Some churches date back to 1500's.
Kerala also has 2nd oldest Mosque just 2 hours from Kochi.
Kerala also has oldest synagogue and Jewist Centre in Kochi ( Cochin)
Kerala also boasts of one of the beautiful waterfalls in South India, Aitherapalli is the one of the most beautiful waterfall in Kerala, already featured in many movies.
One part Kerala definitly scores over any other Destination is its food, Spices, and Sea Food as well as Curruy Mean the fresh Water back water fish. You can have every day a new dish while your stay and keep experimenting with the kerala cuisines.
Where Kerala Scores over Sri-Lanka
1. Kerala Scores over Srilanka in the Mountain Destinations, Munnar, Waynad etc are much more diverse and beautiful than Nuwara Elliya and any other hill destinations of Srilanka.
2. Tea Estates, Spice Plantations, Organic plantations in Kerala are at a much more mega scale than Sri-Lanka. if you want to buy best spices at cheapest rates, kerala is the destination for you.
3. Low Cost Vacations - Kerala offers value for Money, The real cost saving is availability of best low cost resorts and one important point regarding site seeing expences in Kerala, Kerala has lowest site seeing expences as there is minimum fee for indian and international tourists. On the other hand Srilanka site seeing is very costly, you need to have a budget of at least 5000$ at least, only for the Srilanka site seeings. You can save a lot of money in kerala as compared to Sri lanka when it comes to site seeings.
4. Back waters of Kerala :- Back waters, Back water cruises of Kerala are unique to it and not available in Srilanka.
5. Christian Pilgrimage :- There are more churches in Kerala than Italy and USA combined and most of these churches are artistically designed and very beautiful.
6. Islamic Pilgrimage :- Most of the Mosques in Kerala are uniquly designed and Kerala also has world's 2nd oldest mosque after macca madina.
7. Food :- Food is one of the definite advantage of Kerala over Srilanka, as Kerala cuisine is more tasty, palatable and unique as well as famous. The universal Idaly, Dosa, Vada, Kerala Fish Curry, Kerala Parontta, Kerala Chicken curry, Fish Moilly, Chicken Chukka etc are world famous. On the other hand Srilanka cuisine may not be that palatable to most visitors, more over the south indian food is totally missing in Kerala.
Uniqueness of Sri Lanka
If you are interested in laid back, Exotic and short holidays filled with fun, Sri lanka is a good choice
Sri Lanka is fast upcoming as a Buddhism Nirwana related Holidays, Sri Lanka offers Buddhist Pilgrimage Packages and Heritage Tour packages showcasing ancient sites of Polonnaruwa, Heritage Anuradha puram, Sigriya, Dambulla, Kandy, Ramayana Trail etc.. In addition Sri Lanka offers unspoilt and virgin wild life along with Beaches in Bentota..in fact Sri Lanka has everything to offer in terms of beauty and wildlife that India has, but it is just presented on a smaller scale. Easier to get around and not as much traffic as you would expect in India.Another Good aspect about Srilanka is its clean environs and unpolluted beaches.
In addition Sri Lanka offers Casinos, Bars, Pubs, which you can not avail if you are staying in non five star hotel.
What we have seen that, Combination of Both works better, this way you cover all in 3 weeks..
Kerala has 3 international airports in Kerala, Cochin, Thiruvananthapuram & Kozhikode.Lots of Connectivity both domestic and international from Kerala.
Sri Lanka has onky one Airport - Colombo, Rest of the connectivity is via Road or train network
Kerala Definitly scores here as much more to see in Kerala and many attractions ranging from backwaters,fantastic beaches, Excellent Kerala Cuisine/food,relaxation with really lovely people
8 days for Kerala is a good time to cover these places in below order.
Arrive Cochin (1 night) - Munnar Tea Plantations (2 nights) - Thekkady/Periyar Wild Life (1 night) - Alleppey Backwaters (2 nights) - Varkala Beach(2 nights) - Depart from Thiruvananthapuram.
Backwater Tour - One Night - Visit Alleppey or Kumarakom.. Fantastic way to explore and see Kerala village life around backwaters by renting a big houseboat to cruise around and also stay one night on houseboat.
Fort Cochin – Visit to enjoy laid-back life style with Portuguese and Dutch colonial architecture, art galleries, churches, spice markets, famous Chinese Fishing Nets.
Munnar – A beautiful hill station with a cool climate and visits to tea plantations.
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary – A fantastic place to do boating, Jungle jeep Safari or hiking treks to spot elephants even the elusive tiger.
Varkala – A gorgeous beach below rocky cliffs lined with chilled out cafes- the perfect place to watch the spectacular sunsets.
Day 1 : Arrival at Fort Cochin and Check in to heritage hotel and go for site seeing of cochin (Night Stay - Killians boutique hotel ,Fort cochin)
Day 2 : Proceed to munnar. check into resort, go for siteseeing and (overnight stay at Swiss county/Seina village / tea county.)
Day 3 : Munnar site seeing and overnight stay.
Day 4: Proceed to thekkady ,check into resort and relax (overnight stay at Greenwoods / wild corridor)
Day 5 : Thekkady site seeing and overnight stay
Day 6 : Alleppey houseboat cruise, overnight at Rainbow cruises/ Coco /lakes n lagoons
Day 7: check in to beautiful backwater island resort " Lake palace". overnight stay
Day 8 : Proceed to Kollam , check in to RAVIZ a beautiful resort situated in the banks of ashtamudi lake and explore the munro islands.overnight stay
Day 9 : Proceed to Varkala beach , Stay at hindustan beach resort.
Day 10 : enjoy the beautiful beaches of Varkala and overnight stay
Day 11 : Proceed to trivandrum ,Site seeing and stay at travancore heritage resort .Near by kovalam (situated at chowra beach)
Day 12 : Enjoy the beach and relax (overnight stay)
Day 13 : Departure from trivandrum airport.
Colombo (3 nights)
Sigriya (2 nights)
Bentota (1 night).
Colombo ( 1 Night)
A day boat trip through the backwaters in Alleppy with One night Stay ( One night in Boat is more than enough), Remember January is "high season" in Kerala.
One or Two nights Stay at Kovalam beach Resort to enjoy your Honeymoon
Another possibility is to stay at one of the hotels along Vembanad Lake, near Kottayam. Stay in Exotic accomodations on the shores of a lake,and enjoy the peaceful nature around. many accomodations like Coconut Lagoon, with pool, Philipkuttys Farm, a fantastic beautiful place..
Finally Munnar High lands to enjoy the cool weather and off couse the Misy mountains and tea plantations..
(Kerala house BoatHoneymoon vs Ramboda Fall srilanka Honeymoon)
7 Nights Kerala
You are suggested to reach straight to Kochin Airport or Truvandrum in Kerala. Trivandrum is closer to the beaches of varkala and Kovalum, if you enjoy the beach life, Trivendrm is prefferred port.
Kochi has the fort and ancient chinese fishing nets. From Kochi, proceed to Munnar - The beautiful tea country and to the periyar/thekkady game reserve. After Periyar proceed to Alleppy, The house boats of kerala are amazing for Honeymoon with must recommended to stay for a night or two.
Then procced for 7 nights in Srilanka
Embark on a direct flight from trivandrum Kerala to colombo on SL airlines on a 45 minutes flight.
Enjoy Sri Lanka beaches, which are far prettier than any of kerala's beaches.
Proceed to the tea highlands of Ella and Nuwara Eliya, which are are simply stunning.
Nuwara Elliya Site Seeing of Ramayana Trail and Ramboda Fall area simply exceptional.
Proceed to Yala national park for wildlife.
Enjoy the elephant orphange of Pinnewela, Scale Adams peak, Visit the ancient city of Ponnalaruwa, the historic fort town of Galle, the Kandy museum and temple of the tooth relic and the Kandy dancers.
See the 100 year old leatherback turtles that swim off the shores in Hikkaduwa.
Finally enjoy the beautiful beaches of Unawatuna and Mirrisa.
Kerala offers amazing Cuisine of Vegetarian as well as Non-Vengetrian cuisines.If you are a foodie, Kerala is absolutle place to visit.
Food in Kerala is Cheap and Exotic.
Srilanka Food is versatile but you will have hard time adjusting to it as srilankan platter is diverse and different. Lots of Chutneys specially Mango chutney finds its way in the platter, Other delicacies include Milk Rice, Dal, Vegetables, Chicken, Mutton, Fish are also part of platter.
Sri Lanka Food vs Kerala Food
You will have hard time, if you want to have Masala Dosa, Sambhar, Idalee, Butter Chicken,Chicken Tikka Masala, Neer Fish, Neer Disa, Prawn Curry etc while touring Sri lanka..These staple food you will not get easily, even if you get it, these will be at premium..
Food in Sri Lanka is Costly..
In Kerala, Sri Lanka , All locals are friendly, the food is great, and it's easy to get around to see the backwaters.
However in Sri Lanka, you need to check the price of item before buying, Author was charged 100rs for King Coconut Juice in Pinnawala, while the actual cost is less than rs 25
Kerala is relatively cheap, friendly people and amazing food.
Kerala offers wider range of accommodation with the homestays, Guest Houses far cheaper than similar Guest houses in Sri Lanka.
Taxi costs in Kerala is also cheaper.
Train travel in Kerala is often cheaper than Sri Lanka.
Scamsters are less in Kerala
Arranging a tour for yourself in Sri Lanka needs care due to scam agents with fake identities
In summary, Kerala is cheaper than Sri Lanka where prices are sky rocketing alarmingly.
Food is also Costly in Sri lanka, You can compare a decent selection of vegetarian food and seafood, Kerala food quality and cost is better than Sri Lanka.
Kerala appears more safer for women travellers..
Safety is an issue for women in Sri Lanka..
Sri Lanka Scores over kerala for Cleanliness and non pollution.
Road Network in Kerala is vast, and road is good for almost all attractions.
Sri Lanka Road network is excellent in Kandy, Nuwara elliya, around Colombo, however Road network is Very narrow near Pinnawala, sigriya area..
Kerala has tea estates in Munnar
Sri Lanka has tea estates in Ella, Nuwara Elliya
Kerala Tea Plantation vs Sri Lanka Tea Plantation
Ella, Nuwara Elliya are more scenic and better managed than Munnar. Natural beauty is abundant in Sri lanka High lands with many magestic falls and deep jungles..
Beaches wise, Kerala has less quality beaches than Sri lanka unless you take Andaman and Nicobar,Lakshwadeep into account.
Most famous beaches in Kerala are Varkala and Kovalam.
Beaches in Srilanka are Cleaner and more exotic.
The beaches in Srilanka are cleaner and rougher. Lots of surfers Tourists visit Sri Lanka,especially the east coast.Good Beach Options are Bentota, Unawatuna and Mirissa - These are pretty popular with tourists. You can go whale watching in Mirissa and go to all-night parties in Unawatuna (Happy Banana!).
Kerala Beach vs Sri Lanka Beach
Beaches on the Sri Lanka east coast spcially Trincomali and Arugam Bay) are more off-the-beaten path.
Srilanka scores over Kerala in scuba diving due to its clean waters.
Backwaters are unique to Kerala,. house boat concept is also unique to Kerala. Sri Lanka does not offer such kind of backwaters tours
There is also an elephant orphanage in Kerala - Known as Kodanad. Where you can feed milk to baby elephants and also wash the baby and grown elephants.Then near by to see wild elephants, you can proceed to Periyar..Bigger Grand Package than Pinnawala - Srilanka
Kerala Elephant ride vs Sri Lanka Elephant ride
Riding The Elephants
Riding the Elephants is very cheap in Kerala, you hardly spend a dime to ride an elephant with family.
In Sri lanka, riding the Elephant is a costly affair, you may spend upto 6000 rs for a 30 minute ride.
Casinos are Forbidden..
Sri Lanka has many casinos, visit one of the casinos in Colombo and you can spot many Indians with deep pockets gambling on any day. A good number of them are from Kerala too, mostly tourists seeking the forbidden pleasures back home.
In God's Own Country, Alcohol is one of the pleasures, which Kerala intends to ban except in five star hotels. About 712 two star to four star hotel bars in Kerala are facing closure, which is another reason for Keralites to tour other states in India and Colombo. Already scores of tour operators and hoteliers have expressed apprehension regarding prohibition. Clearly Kerala's loss is Colombo's gain.
In Sri lanka, Alcohol is easily avaialble on Highways, all brands are available at very cheap rates. All hotels 2 star to 5 star are allowed to offer Alcohol, seeing a big jump in the Tourists also from Kerala.
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