Bird watching is also known as birding. Birding is the process of observing birds. Visual enhancements such as binoculars and telescopes can be used for this. Climate plays an important role in birds existance.Some species of birds may migrate according to the climate. With an abundant variety of bird species, Kerala is becoming a favorite birding spot among birders and nature lovers from all over the world. Bird watching allows people to connect with the nature. The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary and the Kunthakulam Bird Sanctuary are the main bird watching sanctuaries in Kerala.Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary’s located near the Vembanad Lake. Main species in this sanctuary are Water Fowls, Siberian Cranes, cuckoos, owls, egret, heron and the water duck.
Kerala is blessed with many beautiful backwaters. The houseboats in Kerala offer wonderful backwater cruises. Kochi, Alappuzha, Kollam and Kottayam backwaters are mainly famous for this houseboat cruises. Kerala is famous for its boat race. Kerala boat race is known as Vallamkali. Every year in the month of August or September, Kerala boat race event takes place in Alappuzha.Boat race is the main cultural event that takes place in Kerala. Nehru Trophy Boat Race, the water festival in Punnamada Lake in Alappuzha is the biggest snake boat race in the world. Champakulam Moolam Boat Race is related to the Sree Krishna Temple at Ambalappuzha. Payippad Jalotsavam is a three day water festival in Alappuzha. Indira Gandhi Boat Race is one of the grand boat races in Kerala. It takes place in the backwaters of Kochi. Orchirakali Boat Race is a boat race associated with the Sri Parabrahma temple
Kerala is rich in its art forms. The popular art forms of Kerala are Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, Thullal, Koodiyattom, Thiruvathirakali, Oppana, Kolkkali, Duffmuttu and Krishnanattom. Kathakali is the most popular art form of Kerala. Kathakali is a world famous art form. This art form is about 400 years old. Mohiniyattam is a classical dance form performed by females. It contains elements of both Bharathanatyam and classical dances of Kerala. Thullal is a classical solo dance form of Kerala. The song for thullal is very simple and full of humour.Koodiyattom is a dance form associated with temples. Thiruvathirakali is the dance form performed by women on the day of Thiruvathira. Oppana is a dance form performed on Muslim wedding days .Kolkkali is folk art form performed by men using sticks. Duffmuttu is a dance form popular among the Muslims. Krishnanattom is a dance-drama created by the Zamorins of Calicut.