Every tourists be it foreigner or domestic requires some form of recreation and entertainment or the other. There are a lot of means of entertainment now a days ranging from cinema halls and dubs to amusement and water theme parks. Shopping has also today evolved as a form of recreation to many tourists. A variety of recreation is also available in Kerala.
Almost every major town in the state has good cinema halls that occasionally feature an English film. The concept of modern multiplexes is yet to find its way into this state. A lot of popular indoor sports and recreations are there today including bowling, billiards, snooker and pool. Bowling alleys have only made their way into Kerala and there is only one available in Kochi (Convent Road) or else one has to visit the Crazy Balls entertainment center in Coimbatore. There are facilities for billiards in most major clubs and resorts in all major tourist destinations. Good clubs are there in Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi. The High Range club in Munnar and those in the Nilgiris and Kodaikanal are popular from the times of the British. Country dubs of the well known Celebrity and Mahindra Group are there at Munnar, Kodaikanal, Coimbatore, Ooty etc. Nightlife, discotheques and pubs are very rare in the state. Among the outdoor sports there are facilities for swimming, tennis and badminton in major resorts and clubs. Many health dubs are also available.
There is a nine-hole golf course in Thiruvananthapuram. There is also one at Cochin as well as two little golf courses in Munnar. There is plan to establish an international level course in Kochi. However, good and well-maintained international standard 18-hole golf courses are available in the neighbouring hill resorts of the Nilgiris, Coimbatore and Kodai.
Boating facilities are available at all major reservoirs in the state. There are boat clubs at Veli, Akkulam and Neyyar in Thiruvananthapuram. Boat rides in the Periyar Lake, Malampuzha dam and Pookoot Lake is enchanting. A variety of houseboat cruises are available in the backwaters of the state.
A variety of handicrafts, ivory items, woodcarvings, coir items, hand looms etc. and a number of souvenirs are available in leading art and craft showrooms in the state. There are good shops in Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Trissur. The neighboring city of Coimbatore is also a shopper’s paradise.