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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Alappuzha (Alleppey) - One of the best places to visit in Kerala
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Thekkady(Periyar) - 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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Kumarakom - One of the best places to visit in Kerala
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Guruvayur - One of the best places to visit in Kerala
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Tarun Redde
  • Tarun Redde
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"Awesome place to spend time with your loved ones" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I want to share my experience of Kerala tour. Just few months ago, I had an adventure trip to Kerala with my college mates. I must say I had the most wonderful outing in my life. The tour was organized and planned in such a great way, we didn't find any problem during the whole tour. The best places we visited were Cochin Backwaters, Alappuzha Beach, Munnar Hill Station, Cherai Beach and Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Temple. What you don't want to miss are the hill stations and tea plantations, the undulating paths, the rich variety of flora and fauna available, the beautiful valleys and the sparkling silver streams that skip and dance through the rocks, the settling clouds that one can walk through and the fresh plucked green tea, brewed hot. This is the irresistible lure of the land. My friends were so happy that we chose Kerala for this trip and we had a great time. I suggest everyone to visit Kerala at least once in lifetime. Kerala has got many other beautiful tourist spots and I am pretty sure you'll enjoy your trip. I suggest travel by road is the best way. That way you can actually get to visit so many places. Go with family, go with friends, go as a couple. It's the ultimate place.
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Shreedhar Dhanawade
  • Shreedhar Dhanawade
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review

"Exciting backwaters will make your day" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Kerala is very well known for nature in the world. It has backwaters which are very exciting. You should visit Munnar hill station in Kerala which always has cold weather. Overall it was a very good experience and a place to visit again.
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Piyush Kesharia
  • Piyush Kesharia
  • 1 Review

"Lovely time we had" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
This is such a beautiful place. The state is filled with greenery and calmness. I had a lovely time there.
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Anmol Khanotia
  • Anmol Khanotia
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"A place must to visit for" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It was an amazing experience with this trip. The beautiful waterfalls and hill stations of Kerala are really wonderful. All of it was really a wonderful experience. The Athirapally waterfalls in the Thrissur are really beautiful. The soothing sounds really make our mind calm. The Varkala beach and Padmanabhaswamy temple are other prefered locations to visit for.
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Surbhi Sharma
  • Surbhi Sharma
  • Lives in Chandigarh
  • 1 Review

"Heavenly experience" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Kerala is a place one should visit at least once. We went to poovar where the backwaters are amazing and the experience is one of its kind. Monsoons were on but even then it was quite pleasant. This place is so green and pure that I can visit Kerala every year.
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Senthil Er
  • Senthil Er
  • 3 Reviews

"Had a good family time"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
People want to visit this place because of its greenish mountains. I love the place a lot. I went there with my family and had a great time. The lake bank contain deciduous forests. Our visit to the Periyar River was fun. Next we went to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and I saw elephants, sambar deer, spotted deer, boars and birds. I saw so many species of trees and was very thrilled. In there we also saw the touch-me-not plant. Then we saw waterfalls, it was a beautiful sight. I had great fun. We also had elephant ride and my family had a great time. The Kovallam beach was also a fantastic destination for us. I loved the beach. Then it was time for museum visit. I saw the followings in the natural history museum:
1.skeletal gallery
2.birds gallery
3.preserved specimens and specimens jars
We went to the wonder la amusement park, and had great fun with all the rides.
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Anuja goel
  • Anuja goel
  • 3 Reviews

"Kerala is good place to visit"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Kerala is a good place to visit. I liked Munnar and Kumarakoam the most. The tea, spice and dry fruit are very cheap. But don't buy them without tasting them. I liked Kerala very much. The people of this state are also very good. I advice every one to visit Kerala for holidays or for their honeymoon.
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Kadambari Jogarao
  • Kadambari Jogarao
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"Must visit during winter season!"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Apr 5, 2014
Great experience with beautiful Indian landscapes. Must visit during winter season else the places are sultry. Kumarakom backwater boating is a must to relax and enjoy the beauty of Kerala, landscapes and water world. Really gods own country, its better hire a taxi from Cochin and have a round trip to Munnar, Thekkady, Quilon, Kumarakom, Alleppey, and Kovalam/Trivandrum.
Great places to photograph especially tea gardens, house boats and coconut trees around back waters. Nice atmosphere, nice and cooperative people, good and hygienic food. Must see Munnar Medicinal plantations, Kathakali dances etc enjoyable in evenings. Nice, cheap and decent hotels to stay in all places.
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Anu Priya
  • Anu Priya
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"Entertaining, enigmatic and economical!"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Apr 2, 2014
They don't call this the 'Gods own country' without a reason. A fantastic place to visit. Entertaining, enigmatic and economical. Travel through the length and breadth of the state to be mesmerised in the magical experience of serenity, beauty, peace and tranquillity.

Trivandrum hosts the most awesome eating experience, Alleppey will calm you. Kochi is exciting, dont forget to get your spices here. Its also a wedding shopping destination. Rich and aromatic Kerala calls you!

Arranging a trip is easy. People are friendly and ready to guide you. Though language is an issue, but you can always get a guide. Eating is a bliss. Be open minded to try the spicy malabar cuisine, fresh sea food and sweets. Don't forget your coffee and special sri lankan tea from Shankar's, Trivandrum. Carry the necessary weather guards and lost of energy
Promise you will enjoy every moment of it.
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Jagdish Bhatt
  • Jagdish Bhatt
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 3 Reviews

"Enjoyable family tour!"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Mar 30, 2014
It was a family tour to Kerala; we started from Cochin arriving by train from Ajmer. Journey after Panvel on Konkan railway is marvellous as we passed through many tunnel perhaps more than 100. I stopped counting after a while. Itís really an engineering feat, Iím sure during rainy season it will be more enchanting. In Cochin we stayed one day, seeing local sights and Chinese fishing nets. From Cochin we proceeded by car to Munnar, lot of greenery on way. On the way we saw spice garden where all types of spices are grown and at reasonable rates fresh spices are available.

Reached Munnar in afternoon a cool place, evening we watched Kathkali dance and marshal art show, quite enjoyable. Visited nearby dam and had ride on the speed boat. On the 3rd day we moved to Thekkedy and saw the biggest world life sanctuary, we also had elephant ride. Next day we moved to Alleppey for house boat stay. This was an unique experience as boats moving in waterways and having food overboard. Houseboat is almost a luxury hotel we had really good food. At night time, we had good sleep with AC on. Last part of journey was at Kovalam, 4 days stay at the beach and visiting famous Padmanabha temple and museum. Every morning and evening had stroll on beach, one day we also proceed to nayyer dam and had boat ride for almost 2 hours.
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