Kerala often referred to as the 'God's Own Country' is located on the
tropical Malabar Coast of southwestern India. The state is known for its
serene beaches, lush wildlife, deep dense forests, mesmerizing backwaters,
enchanting valleys, amazing houseboat cruises and hill stations. Kerala has
some of the famous wildlife sanctuaries of the country. The state has the
richness of a fascinating art and culture. Kathakali dance form of Kerala is
famous all over the world. Other popular art forms are Koothu, Koodiyattam,
Mohiniyattam and Ottamthullal. Kerala stands as a fine example of religious
harmony as the temples, churches and mosque stand shoulder to shoulder.
Kerala cuisine is known for its spicy and hot foods. Almost all the Kerala
dishes have coconut and spices. Kerala is renowned worldwide for its
Ayurveda medical system, the state is dotted with many Ayurveda resorts.
Major Attractions of Kerala
The town also called the 'Venice of the East' is a famous tourist
destination. Allepey is popular for its coir factories, fish and lakes. The
Snake boat races are the most important event that take place in the months
of August and October. The major attractions of Alleppey inculde Mullackal
Bhagavathi Temple, Alleppey beach, Nehru Trophy boat race.
The capital city of Kerala, is also known as the Trivandrum.
Once referred to as the 'Ever Green City of India' the city houses many
tourists attractions. Trivandrum is renowned all over the world for its
serene beaches, historic monuments and backwater stretches. The main
attractions of the city are Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Kuthiramalika
Palace Museum, The Napier Museum, Sree Chitra Art Gallery and Agastyarkoodam
The small village, situated 13 Kms away from Trivandrum, is famous worldwide
for Kovalam Beaches. The Ayurvedic salons and recuperation resorts along the
beaches are major attractions here.
Kochi or Cochin, located in Ernakulam district of Kerala is often referred
as the 'Queen of the Arabian Sea'. One of the main seaports of the country,
Kochi is unique blend of rich history and cultural heritage. Also referred
to as the Gateway to Kerala the city has many attractions like Chinese
Fishing Nets, Bolgatty Palace, Santa Cruz Basilica, Gundu Island and Dutch
The small town is located in Idukki district,
which is sometimes referred to as the 'Switzerland of India.' The beautiful
hill station is situated at the confluence of mountain streams of
Nallathanni, Mudrapuzha and Kundala.
The name Munnar is used to refer the whole hilly area, of which the town
forms a part. The major tourist attractions in Munnar region are Pothamedu,
Devikulam, Pallivasal, Attuakal, Nyayamakad, Chithirapuram and Mattupetty.
Situated in the Idukki district, Periyar is
famous for Periyal National Park. Situated
amidst the Western Ghat ranges, Periyar has a Project Tiger Reserve. The
tropical forest area of Periyar boasts of rich flora and fauna. Periyar
National Park is a tiger reserve but its houses elephants, sambar, nilgiri
langoor, nilgiri tahr, bison, antelope, gaur, deer and wild pigs etc.
Kerala Ayurveda :
The state of Kerala is popular for
Ayurvedic resorts, which attract thousands of visitors throughout the year.
Kerala is the only state in the country which uses the system with much
dedication. Patients from all corners of the world visit Kerala for Ayurveda
treatment. Some of the famous Ayurveda & Spa treatment centres are
Marari Beach Ayurvedic Centre (Alleppey), Taj Residency (Cochin Ernakulam),
Tamara Spa Ayurveda, Taj Malabar (Cochin Ernakulam) and Ashtamudi Resorts
Kerala Backwaters :
Kerala Backwaters are created by the
accumulation of sea water following the motion of the waves. The backwaters
formed in the form of lagoons, lakes and estuaries is a major tourist
attraction. The famous backwaters of the state are Alappuzha Backwaters,
Cochin Backwaters, Kollam Backwaters, Kumarakom Backwaters, Kozhikode
Backwaters, Kasargod Backwaters and Thiruvananthapuram Backwaters.
Kerala Beaches :
As the state is situated along the sea
coast, it has a shoreline of 900 Kms.
Kerala is known worldwide for having most of India's finest beaches The
sandy beaches are dotted with rocky promontories, coconut groves, natural
harbors, lagoons and sheltered covers. The famous beaches of the state are
Kovalam Beach, Alappuzha Beach,Varkala Beach, Marari Beach, Beypore Beach,
Shanghumukham Beach and Thirumullavaram Beach etc.
The state has two international airports namely
Cochin International Airport and Thiruvananthapuram International Airport.
The domestic as well as international flights are available from these
Kerala is well connected by rail link to the major
cities of the country.
National Highways and good roads connect Kerala
with rest of the country.