Kerala is synonymous with lanes lined by coconut palms and fertile soils producing glowing vegetation. It’s green, rural and incredibly laid back and there’s no better place to experience this traditional way of life than in Palakkad. Travelling through the area as the local people do, by bicycle or on foot, means you can easily stop to learn about rice planting, the skills of the potter or basket weaver, find out how to tap toddy and perhaps even sample some of this local coconut brew! Depending on the amount of time you have you may also have the opportunity to visit the local temple or have the rare opportunity to watch the evening puja. If you want to venture out on your own, a morning trek to a local Chaya Kada (tea shop) in the nearby village is recommended. Here you can meet up with the friendly locals. There are numerous gentle walks through the nearby paddy fields and villages when, at sunset in particular, the setting is nothing short of spectacular. You can also head into Palakkad itself to see a Jain temple and the Brahmin quarter. Palakkad also attracts a huge number of endemic and migratory birds so it’s perfect for enthusiasts. Just ask your host about arranging trips through the local area.