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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Justin As

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  • Justin As
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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  • 1 Review
  •  1176 readers

"What is the speciality of this place ???" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
This palace only one place in India there was a many adventures we can feel there like it not a earth it is like another place not a earth adventure in these place come and get the amazing feeling with and your family one more this only see in September moth 2to23. Only
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Vishal Mirg

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  • Vishal Mirg
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Kerala- an Escape from Chaos" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
In these days, life is running at a pace where people have lost touch with friends, partners and even their Family .. And sometimes a Trip is required to get that feeling of family back in your life.
I was going through the same phase when My family decided for a trip and I was given the responsibility for choosing a location. As a North- Indian my first choice was going towards hill, first thing came to my mind was J & K, but due to the protest and violent condition in valley, it was wise to skip this choice. And then hills of Michal or Uttarakhand, but it's monsoon season and no-one dares to get there in this time ..
Somehow everything was Directing me towards the God's own country- Kerala, and I booked everything from tickets to hotels, houseboats .. And I was warned by many of friends and relatives that it's hard for North-Indian to get familiar with the food type here and then our Journey started.
From Delhi to Cochin International airport, it was a tiring 6 hours journey with 2 hrs stop in Bangalore.
After reaching Kochi, our Driver was waiting there and then out Journey to Munnar started, it was a mountain with a wavy path and then the breathtaking sceneries on the way was more than enough to left me speechless.
Munnar is so peaceful that I forgot the metropolitan in an instant, it was so quiet and beautiful from the chaos we are used to. Then came an exotic experience of Ayurvedic Spa, most of us have experienced our modern metropolitan Spa, it was really relaxing. You could explore a lot in Munnar, from breathtaking sceneries to lovely spice gardens and chocolate factories, and ofcourse their famous tea gardens.
Then next day we left for Allapuzha( Allepey), famous for its back waters and a silent beach, houseboat experience should be mandatory, that silent breeze, water and your loved ones, a perfect combination for a Holiday.
And I was warned that South Indian don't like north indians, and many things like that but guyz this is not at all true .. They are really polite people and their hospitality is really one of a kind and it'd make you feel so **** special.
A personal example:
In our houseboat, after wasting food in lunch (we weren't that much hungry, so we just took a little and left the rest and the chef threw it away) I have personally asked the chef to just make a Dal and any thing as we are not really hungry, but he still made us 3 more dishes with Daal, Pulaao and chicken and when I Asked him about the same, he said, " you are our guest, it's our pleasure" and then he left with a smile.
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Sejal maru

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"Awesome" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Been to Kerala in June month .. Visited Cochin, Munnar, Allepay, periyar lake .. Kerala is superb place .. Saw many animals and birds in ernakulum national park .. Lush green relaxes your mind and soul .. Very clean city .. Back Waters houseboat, rose garden, marital art and khatakali show, tea gardens, spice gardens are must visit .. Do indulge in a ayurvedic massage once .. I stayed in ABAD group hotels .. Hospitality was very good .. Monsoon makes Kerala more romantic .. Truly god's own country
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Thomas Chakko

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  • Thomas Chakko
  • Lives in Malappuram
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"Nice place" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Fantastic experience that can make a great memories in your own life for ever. There is a great sea shore near the houses... The most advance is the building constructed in a large place of plant sector. A lot of plants makes the people to live with a great and eco friendly life.
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Amit .

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  • Amit .
  • Lives in Agra
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"Kerala Tour" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Kerala is the very best place for couple. There is different kind of place like;beaches, hills, peaceful place etc. Alleppy and Munnar is the best place with peace. Kovlam beach in trivendaram is also very good. My hotel was just walking distance from this. Evening time is so great time for enjoying. Kochi is also good for sightseeing and shopping as well. But for me Munnar is best place ever, everyone who want to go Kerala they should be go there.
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Romir Sen

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  • Romir Sen
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"A Wellness Holiday Trip"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Kerala is surely God's Own Country and I had this on my list since time immemorial but somehow could not manage a long vacation. But this February, I made up my mind and went straight to Vinayaka Holidays to book myself a package to Kerala. The trip was very refreshing. The beautiful backwaters of Kerala, the beaches, the temples and the authentic therapeutic spas were too good, and our travel coordinator made sure that we receive the best of everything. The two nights stay at the tranquil backwaters of Kerala, was an experience for which we will thank Vinayaka Holidays all our life.
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Vijay Potluri

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  • Lives in Vijayawada
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"Gods Own Country"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Kerala, It's truly Gods Own Country, Lovely greenery never ending water ways it's own. The only state having waterways through backwaters long boat rides with stay. It's only available in Kerala. City's are having little modern face but still the rural and villages are so traditional and culturally preserved, It's not just a tour but it's going to be an interesting memorable experience.
People also nice. Many places Cochin, Guruvayor, Trivandrum, Sabarimala the great pilgrimage, many more ...
It's nice life changing places.
You can plan Kerala as next destination.
Hope you enjoy.
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  • Kadiakeyur
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"Nice place to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It is good to see. I like in lap of nature's. When I am standing over their fresh air touch to my body and I feel fresh and very healthy and forest cold air came inside. The trees and flowers fragrance are superb. We have to go there for many and more times.
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Abhijithck

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"Kerala, a state on India's tropical Malabar Coast, has Nearly 600km of Arabian Sea shoreline. It's k"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Kerala, a state on India's tropical Malabar Coast, has
Nearly 600km of Arabian Sea shoreline. It's known for its
Palmolive beaches and its backwaters, a network of
Canals popular for cruises. Its many upscale seaside
Resorts include specialists in Ayurvedic treatments. Inland
Are the Western Ghats, a mountain range whose slopes
Support tea, coffee and spice plantations as well as
Abundant native wildlife.
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Abhijithck

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"Kerala, a state on India's tropical Malabar Coast, has Nearly 600km of Arabian Sea shoreline. It's k"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Kerala, a state on India's tropical Malabar Coast, has
Nearly 600km of Arabian Sea shoreline. It's known for its
Palmolive beaches and its backwaters, a network of
Canals popular for cruises. Its many upscale seaside
Resorts include specialists in Ayurvedic treatments. Inland
Are the Western Ghats, a mountain range whose slopes
Support tea, coffee and spice plantations as well as
Abundant native wildlife.
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