Kerala Tourism

Kerala Tourism


About Kerala

Kerala

On the southwestern coast of India, almost touching the tip of the peninsula, Kerala occupies the region known as the Malabar Coast. It is surrounded by the south Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Kerala is like a narrow strip of land lying between the Arabian Sea to the west and the hill ranges called Western Ghats . This geography defines Kerala's main identity as a green, rain-rich state filled with inland water bodies.

 

The rain-laden southwest monsoon comes across the Arabian Sea to hit Kerala around 1st June, and expends much of its waters here. More than 40 rivers flow down the Western Ghats to meet the Arabian Sea forming, with the backwash of the sea, a complex of canals and lakes called the Kerala Backwaters. This combined package of beaches, backwaters and greenery is what the tourism department promotes as Gods Own Country, making tourism one of Kerala's main businesses.

 

Kerala's history of being a progressive princely estate (Travancore) and long stints of Communist Party rule in independent India have led to high rates of literacy and life expectancy. But the state is not industrialized. Agriculture is a dominant occupation  rice, coconut, tea, coffee, and the spices pepper, cardamom, cashew which the Malabar Coast has traded for centuries. Fishing is another mainstay. The main cities of Kerala are capital Thiruvananthapuram (popularly called Trivandrum) and Kochi (popularly Cochin) of which Kochi is now a rising hub of industry and investment. Both cities have international airports.

 

Kochi harbour was an international port for Arab, Portuguese, Dutch, and British trade since the 14th century. Modern Kochi has Portuguese churches, Dutch buildings and old Jew quarters. Thiruvananthapuram was earlier the seat of the royal family of the kingdom of Travancore. Its Fort area has palaces, temples, and ornate residences. Alappuzha (called Alleppey) is a good backwaters cruise hub. Down the coast, Bekal Fort Beach, Cherai Beach, (25 kms from Kochi), Varkala and Kovalam Beaches (south of Thiruvananthapuram) are popular spots. Eravikulam and Silent Valley National Parks are reachable from the hill spots of Munnar and Palakkad.

 

Culturally Kerala offers Kalaripayattu, an ancient martial art, and Kathakali dance in which elaborately costumed artists perform stories from the ancient Indian epic Mahabharata.

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Maria Dcosta

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"Perfect place to relax" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Yesterday
M visit to Kerala with friends was a spectacular sight abounded with greenery on all sides. The beauty of Kerala can be described in words but one needs to experience it.

Cherai beach was an amazing place and Cherai beach resort is a wonderful, well-designed and beautiful sight.

Munnar was truly heaven on earth. The beautiful tea gardens and climate is just awesome. It's a place which one must not miss. One must eat at local joints here as eating in restaurants is very expensive.

Alleppey is another mind blowing place with its luscious backwaters and a day spent in the houseboat was a fantastic experience as everything was available on board.

Kovalam too is a must visit place especially the beaches and if one goes early in the morning one can witness a fish catch.

A seven day journey can be tiring if one is not used to travelling or one can visit just 2-3 places at a time and keep the others for the next time.
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Ankur Shah

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"An awesome experience" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Despite of some good and bad things about kerala, overall trip was mesmerising, from misty mountains to back water, its truly gods own country.

Good Things : Beauty, Beauty and Beauty, For nature loving person, kerala is best.

Bad Things: there is south indian touch to every food there, from North-Indian to Chinese, it will taste like South-Indian.
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Tahera Dhambola

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"A must visit place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
A must visit place. Scenic, tranquil, a place where one experiences the beauty of nature, culture, wildlife, adventure, heritage, Crystal clear beaches, exotic food and much more.

Kovalam, Alleppey, Thekkady and Munnar are the places we visited.

One can leave behind the hustle and bustle of the city life and have a relaxing holiday in Kerala.
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Rushabh Shah

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"Perfect for holidaying and Honeymoon" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
Serene atmosphere and beautiful nature. One should visit here specifically for winters or monsoon as the environment here stays fresh. Activities like elephant safari, river rafting and trekking are one of the most favorite of mine activities.

Here production of pepper and natural rubber is what you need to visit for. In the agricultural sector, coconut, tea, coffee, cashew and spices are what we have seen in factories. The best thing happened to us was the day we reached Kerala it started raining and so pleasant was the atmosphere.
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Sarath Mohan

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"God own's it" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
Awesome place to visit once in your life. God really owned this place. Being this place is feeling better. I am gonna recommend to everyone. You will get everything in a single destination.

You may feel adventurer if you are in Wayanad. In northern Kerala you gonna feel historical events. Toward mid Kerala heard for yummy food. Going southern part you gonna get lot of beaches.

Munnar and Wayanad are apex points.
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Pratima Biswas

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"Amazing Kerala" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
We started a journey from Bangalore to Mysore then to Ooty, from there we were going to Rameswaram and kanyakumari. Atlast we plan to go to Kerala and the moment we entered, our body and soul are pleased due to lush greenery. All the place in kerala are amazing. Lots of trees, backwater, hills make me feel better. I suggest everyone should be there at least once in lifetime.
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Ashok Ashok

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"Memorable trip down south" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Great places along the coastline like the Guruvayoor temple, Padmanabha temple, Munnar, kovalam beach, cochin, thiruvananthapuram etc were all places worth visiting. The staff also made it very memorable since all of them very hospitable and also took great care and they were cooked good food.
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"Best place to visit once in a lifetime" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Travellers should visit this just for beach and climate. Its totally different from other places. The programs organised on beach on Sundays that's the best part and people coming to sell things and we asking them for try and spoil it!! :)

Place to visit beach, museum and Kochi Park Wonderla.

The best thing I love about Kerala is their shopping. You find all latest style things cause normally in India trend comes from Kerala so you find everything there.

I would like to suggest to visit this place once in a lifetime.
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"A visit to God's own Country"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We reached Kochi Airport at about 1pm. Transport was arranged by Kerala Tourism.

Right from Airport we moved to Athirapally Falls. On the way took lunch. Reached Athirapally at 3-30pm. Its a giant waterfalls, worth to see. Next we went to nearby Vazhachal waterfalls, small but looks elegant. We returned Kochi hotel by 8pm.

2nd day- visited Cochin,

3rd day- Moved to Munnar after breakfast. On the way visit Spice Garden. You will reach Munnar by 2-30pm.

4th day- sightseeing at Munnar,

5th day- Move to Thekkady after early breakfast, Try to reach by 1pm so that you could get ticket for launch trip in Periyar lake in the afternoon, a amazing experience.

6th day- Move to Kumarakom after breakfast and board a Houseboat at 12 noon for overnight stay. It is an unique experience.

7th day- Get down from Houseboat at 9am at Alleppey and move to Varkala beach. Spend an hour or two at Varkala and move for Kanyakumari. Expected to reach by 7pm.

8th day- Visit Vivekananda Rock and other places of interest at Kanyakumari.

9th day-After breakfast move Kovalam Beach and stay there. In the afternoon, visit Trivandrum. 10th day- Enjoy at Kovalam beach and left for your city by air from Trivandrum Airport in the afternoon.

Our transport, houseboat and hotels were arranged by Kerala Tourism. Their service is commendable.
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"Kerala is such a heaven place to visit with lots of arts and culture to explore."

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
At least need to have 10 days for visit to Kerala. We have to cover lot of places in hurry as we have only 7 days. So 1 day we spend in houseboat in Thekkady. 1 day we spent in Cochin. 2 days we spent in Munnar. Then we have gone to Trivandrum and Kanyakumari. So this was an awesome place to visit especially in monsoon season to see the waterfalls. We have directly arrived at Trivandrum from Hyderabad by flight and after moving from Kanyakumari to Trivandrum to Thekkady to Munnar to Cochin and departed from Cochin to Hyderabad. But I think we should have started from Cochin and visited to Kanyakumari and then return.
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