Rightly said gods own country . You will get nature's variety ranging from beaches to backwaters to terrain area . Mostly people are friendly . November to march is the right time to visit . Its heaven for nature and greenery lovers . Poovar island, Varkala beach and backwaters should be in your list . 1 night stay in houseboat will refresh your mind . Take minimum of 7 days for visiting oher places too like thekkady and Munnar . You can skip Kovalam beach . Little difficult for hardcore north indians to find there shahi panner, Dal makhani or chicken with the same taste . Locals can guide to some dhabas where you can find decent north indian cuisines . Idlis are tasty . Spices are great there . One can get it packed to take home . Elephant Bath in thekkady is fun . One must try . Jewellery loves should definitely visit cochin . Thekkady for chocolate lovees as hand made chocolates avalaible there are tasty . Wildlife sanctuary in theekady was boring . Only elephants are seen . Flight is the option if you have less time . Sunscreen is a must . Carry your swimsuit too
Chitra Konkar bhate4.3/5
I along with my son and husband visited Kerala. First we went to Kochi. One should give miss to vypin beach, Marine drive and Chinese fishing nets. Next day we went to Athirapalli waterfall, Chalakudi river and paschal and thumboormuzhi dam. It can be covered in one day and it's a must see. Tickets bought Athirapalli waterfall are valid for paschal as well. If you want visit these places, stay near airport. Then we went to Munnar which is very beautiful and quiet. We enjoyed boating there. On our Munnar to Thekkady way, we came across a very beautiful and peaceful undrinkable dam. It was an offbeat moment for us as it was not in our itinerary. After Thekkady we went to Aleppey where We saw beautiful Revi karunakaran museum. It's a must watch.
I am heading to 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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