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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Munnar - One of the best places to visit in Kerala
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Wayanad - One of the best places to visit in Kerala
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Kochi (Cochin) - One of the best places to visit in Kerala
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Kovalam - One of the best places to visit in Kerala
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Thiruvananthapuram - One of the best places to visit in Kerala
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Anup Pillai
  • Anup Pillai
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 2 Reviews

"A fresh feel" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Kerala is called as a GOD's own Country. I experienced the same during my visit and stay in Feb 2015. The climate was very pleasant and cool. The greenery in Kerala was so good to see. With this type of climate I was fresh through the day. I travelled from Kochi to Kottayam. The road journey was about 3 hrs but because of the above climate I was not tired at all.
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Keerthi Ganapathi
  • Keerthi Ganapathi
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 Reviews

"Awesome place to spend vacation with family" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Very good place to spend vacation with family. We stayed for a week. Nice places, good people and nice weather. We went in October. Little rainy and cool. Places visited are Munnar, Thekady, Alleppey and Kumarkom. All these places are must see.

Resorts/ hotels were booked online. Very nice experience and cost effective. We travelled by train from Bangalore to Ernakulam and from there we went to Munnar by vehicle booked by Kerala holidays. Food was also good everywhere. We get all kinds of veg food, north Indian and south Indian.
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Kapil Nandwani
  • Kapil Nandwani
  • Lives in Gandhidham
  • 1 Review

"Excellent place to relax and roam around" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Not a party place but quite good place for relaxing and just roaming!!

Some activity gardens are also there. You can have camel ride, rope tilting, arrow - bowing, hiking, zorbing and bungy jumping! ! It will keep busy and you will enjoy it!! House boat is also an experience and Kalathil Lake Resort is very nice place but they should provide night parties as well!!

Overall, if you wanna relax you should be there. People there are very good in hospitality. Remaining it's up to you how you enjoy the place.
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Anish Shah
  • Anish Shah
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 5 Reviews

"Perfect holiday location" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
There's the self-evident - trekking in Munnar, swimming in Varkala and the houseboats on the backwaters. In any case more than that meeting local people, having the best sustenance we've ever had and strolling around loads of diverse towns, towns and urban communities truly made this occasion.

Homestays and drivers are the route forward in India. The advantage of a driver together with getting the chance to know local people by staying in individuals' homes was great.

Faultless vacation. Never utilized a visit administrator previously on the grounds that we never saw the need yet didn't think twice about it by any stretch of the imagination; didn't appear to add much to the expense and verified we made double the progress in a fraction of the time, in addition to we had the advantage of all their experience.
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Supriya G
  • Supriya G
  • Lives in Pune
  • 1 Review

"Gods own country" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
I visited Kerala last year after marriage, it was awesome place to visit. Scenec beauty, backwaters and Kerala fish was awesome.

We enjoyed traditional katthakali dance from folks, the talent they showed was amazing.

You should visit Munnar hill station, Thekkady backwaters, national park. Kovalam Beach was amazing. Clean and clear water. We enjoyed elephant ride, Masala garden trips.

You should visit island there which is still untouched and where you can see sangam of river and Sea.

You should hire cab there to visit all places.
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Tushar Borude
  • Tushar Borude
  • Lives in Pune
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  • 1 Review

"God's own place and a must visit destination" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
How one could forget the name Kerala & its holiday in his entire life, I don't think one would. I been there in the first week of March and found am I spending my holiday in this country. The destination is full of excitements, beauty with colours and of course a place for rest with spa. I was not the only person who was present, what I observed is all the age group people were enjoying one of their beautiful holiday's in Kerala during my stay.

Places to be visited would start from Munnar, the perfect destination to see tea plantation, many gardens, the lake beauty and many more with the joy of peace and rest.

Then comes next point as Thekkedy. Now words to describe this beautiful place but still I would recommend once to take a ride to Jungle Safari & one memorable small tour of elephant ride. One can see the martial art programme an evening show. Enjoy the boat ride in Periyyar wild life sanctuary.

From Thekkedy, move your foot to Alleppey, the home in the sea. The perfect house boat package would give the joy which you would have never thought of it. The back waters of the sea provides the view in wonders of water.

Food: During all my stay I preferred to have veggie food which includes mostly the special Puttu rice of Kerala and then comes coconut rice. In Thekkedy, you will have the food with yummy spices and taste. And of course in-house, you order what you want, you will have it at your desk.

Advice to Travellers: Prefer not to go in big groups. Enjoy your destination with small group or in couple. Book Cab which will help you a lot in making your journey safely and peacefully. Try to taste market food instead of opting the hotel food as they have limited variety, rather market would give you the taste you have never thought of.

One more point: Spare some additional money for shopping like spices, the great masala & green teas, ayurvedic medicines, beauty products, etc.

Start & end your journey from Cochin International airport or from Ernakulam-Munnar-Thekeddy-Allepy-Kumarkov-Cochin railway station.

You must carry a good SLR camera if you want to capture your best memorable holidays. Such chances will never come again & again. Rest you need to carry the general belongings.
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Assin Ashraf
  • Assin Ashraf
  • 1 Review

"A very good tourist sopt" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Kerala is a beautiful place on the earth. Gods own country, in Kerala there is many places which nourishes the mind of common tourists that the kerala has became the main destination for the people in the world especially for the Europeans. The most effective site in kerala is the kuttanad backwaters this site is mostly preferred.
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Mohit Aggarwal
  • Mohit Aggarwal
  • Lives in Gurgaon
  • 4 photos
  • 2 Reviews

"Good way to rejunevate your life" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
A perfect Kerala tour can be from 4N/5D to 6N/7D with covering Munnar, Alleppey/Kumarakom, Thekkady and kovalam. If time permit, you can include Kanyakumari and Kochin.

While Munnar tea garden will make you feel refresh, house boat of alleppey will rejuvenate romance in your life. Thekkady periyar lake will make you feel excited. Kovalam beaches will make you the feeling of if you are on some paradise.

As far as shopping is concerned, you can purchase tea,spices and other sweaters from Munnar as they are special and available at economical price while local items can be purchased from Kovalam or kanyakumari. Famous banana chips can be purchased either from alleppey or from Thekkady bus stand.

Elephant safari can be enjoyed at Munnar while motor boat rides is available at both Munnar and kovalam. For pure vegetarian travellers, it is suggested to have some food with them as journey to Cochin to munnar is long so as from alleppey to Kovalam where on the way, it is difficult to find vegetarian food.
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Arpit Goel
  • Arpit Goel
  • Lives in Ghaziabad
  • 1 Review

"A place with awesome weather" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
The most peaceful, serene, Meditative beach ever seen by me. Awesome weather. Best sea food ever eaten. Lobster to be the best.
Enjoyed every bit of a second over there. The self driven scooty ride or the bullet ride. The volleyball playing on the beach with the local people Awesome. So any beach I would prefer is the kovalam beach.
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Amal m Siby
  • Amal m Siby
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 1 Review

"God's own country!" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Kerala has everything what you need just go and ask. The food variety and the cultural traditions all has a best part in it. Kerala has a great coastal region and hilly region. The Kadak is one of the traditional performance done by Hindus and also different religions can be seen with joined community. Kerala is really a perfect place for Ayurveda treatment. Last year December I booked our Kerala tour package. We did lot of activities like houseboat, Wildlife tour, visited hill station and most important enjoyed Ayurveda treatments. Though we enjoyed full tour very much. Now I know why Kerala is called "God's own Country" as I recently visited Kerala.
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