One of the most tranquil and relaxing things you can do in Kerala is take a trip in a houseboat along the palm-fringed Kerala canals, known as the backwaters. Time truly seems to stand still. Indian food cooked by a chef and chilled beer on board the boat make the experience even more enjoyable. You can even spend the night on the boat, out in the middle of the water, surrounded by serenity. Bliss! And while you’re in the area, why not stay a night or two at one of India’s best homestays such as Vembanad House, on the banks of Vembanad Lake. You’ll be able to feast on freshly caught and prepared seafood, according to traditional recipes.