If you are looking for more traditional coastal pleasures, head for the beaches in southern Kerela. While they pale in comparison to the beaches of Goa, they are certainly worth a visit. Tradition and festivals are also a big draw for the state. The 'Snake Boat Race' is an annual event that gets wide coverage. The competition is quite fierce and even the spectators get involved in it thanks to the illegal betting that goes on alongside. Best time to visit is between November and March as the monsoons and summertime are best avoided.