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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Shajesh Kumar

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  • Shajesh Kumar
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 2 Reviews
  •  10 readers

"Amazing experience" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
South Venice and Gods own country. Well said and Title truly justifies the nature, at its best! For an Indian I'd definitely say it's much more than a tourist attraction/sightseeing place, it's truly an amazing experience you'll for sure feel the pleasure and the most of them for what we lookout is PEACE and would say the right place!

Quote -> The pace of life is slow, making Kerala the perfect place for a leisurely vacation!
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Prajna Vegesna

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  • Prajna Vegesna
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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  • 1 Review
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  287 readers

"A marvellous escape" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Thousand shades of green in Munnar. The smell of sea and the majestic waves with a beautiful rainbow, the sun rising up the hills with a stream flowing below in Munnar, the little french town in Fort Kochi. What a beautiful place Kerala is! Very beautiful. Worth a visit.
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K k sahu

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  • K k sahu
  • Critic
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 1 photo
  • 13 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  8155 readers

"Truly god's own country" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
True to its catchline "GOD'S OWN COUNTRY", it's really God's own. Created, nurtured, decorated, beautified by GODS, really. In one word "WOW". Winter months are best time to visit but monsoon is the best time to see its plentiful greenery.

There is everything available here for every type of traveller. Choice is plentiful. Be it sea, bay, river, hill, plains, backwater, spiritual, tea garden or coffee or rubber or spices, what do you want, just name it. "WOW".

Local cuisine is yummy. But pure vegetarians be careful to check menu before ordering. Mango is available here during winter months and raw mangoes are too tasty. Also I haven't tasted so sweet and tasty pineapple anywhere else. Pineapple here is so sweet that you can confuse it with rasgulla. Local strawberry is abundantly available at hill stations.

As for activities here name it and you get it. You can complete all types of vacations at one go here, spiritual, sea, river, backwater, hills, plantations and what not.

Reach there by your mode of convenient transport, but tour whole kerala by road only. Its amazingly beautiful. Language here is a major problem. Locals not too helpful, somewhat rigid and arrogant. But Police personnel are helpful towards tourists. Please don't forget to carry the most important item, guess it - CAMERA.
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Aayushi Tandon

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  • Aayushi Tandon
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 1 Review
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  2758 readers

"Awesome place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Kerala is a beautiful place with a lot of scenic beauty. You can have the best expecience of nature and beauty. High rising mountains and histories makes you to discover more. I specially like to mention beauty of house boat. Middle of sea is such a thing you will mesmerise all your life. Will like to hear from you if you visit Kerala.
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Amit

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  • Amit
  • Lives in Bhopal
  • 1 Review
  •  3359 readers

"Must visit place!"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Kerala is a breathtaking place. Its a beautiful and relaxing. From the backwaters to the tea planted mountains everything is just perfect. A trek or hike, tiger trailing in the Periyar tiger reserve. Kerala, heaven on earth. Everyone must visit this place. Specially Alleppey and Munnar, ever chanting places in India. Coconut trees, nice and clean back water. Wow those who are really want to.
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Ashu Ca

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  • Ashu Ca
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 1 Review
  •  3367 readers

"It was a nice trip with family"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
I went to kerala last September for 3 weeks and I was totally amazed to see the natural beauty there. It was the time of festival named Onam there. So it was lot more fun. Cocunut trees all around, ponds, lakes and people throwing net to catch fish in bulk. It was an awesome experience. And it wouldn't be fair if I don't talk about their food. It had lots of spices in it and my family enjoyed it fully. I suggest this place and must say that it is must visit place in India.
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Vunnam Rohith

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  • Vunnam Rohith
  • Lives in Khammam
  • 1 Review
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  2774 readers

"Nice place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Kerala is the best holiday destination. I had loads of fun there with my buddies in Kochi, Alleppy, Munnar. We visited Periyar tiger reserve. During our stay in Munnar we had lots of fun. Munnar is the Paradise On Earth, full of greenery and plantations and good lodging facilities are available all over Kerala.
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Nitin Deore-rajput

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  • Nitin Deore-rajput
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 4 Reviews
  •  3347 readers

"Treat for nature lovers"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
We went in a month of January. Climate was awesome in this period. Tea plantations, trees, dams, national park, waterfalls, sea and backwaters and many more are places to visit. It is a perfect destination for honeymoon couples. Ernakulum National Park is highest place though no guarantee that animals can be seen. Houseboat stay in backwaters is also a good experience. Spice gardens, rose gardens are other places which can be visited. Echo point, Matuppetty dam are also good sights.
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Ruchika Dugar

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  • Ruchika Dugar
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 1 Review
  •  3875 readers

"Perfect place to relax and discover a new you!"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Kerala is breath taking beautiful and relaxing. From the backwaters to the tea planted mountains everything is just perfect. A trek or hike, tiger trailing in the Periyar tiger reserve and then bamboo rafting were the most adventurous part of the trip. Do try the different spices, tea and massages when in Kerala. Also do visit the huge Shiva temples while travelling through the towns in Kerala and do try south Indian cuisine at the local restaurants.
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Dhanashri Latthe

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  • Dhanashri Latthe
  • Lives in Islampur
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  4626 readers

"Gods heaven on earth !"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 5, 2016
Kerala, heaven on earth. Everyone must visit this place. Specially Alleppy and Munnar. Ever chanting places in India. Coconut trees, nice and clean back water. Wow those who are really want to spend their valuable time must visit this Kerala. Best hotels, best options for sightseeing.
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