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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Alappuzha (Alleppey) - 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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Renoy Varghese
  • Renoy Varghese
  • Lives in Navi Mumbai
  • 2 Reviews

"The place of backwaters and good food" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
It is the best place to visit with lot of greenery. The backwater are the best sightseeing. This is place has awesome people with religious thoughts. Help full and kind hearted people. This place has many spice dish mainly fish, the duck curry was awesome and the best I have ever had.
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Jaswanth Vasireddy
  • Jaswanth Vasireddy
  • 3 Reviews

"All the places there are a must visit" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Amazing and vivid experience. The places we visited include thekkady, munnar, alleppey, trivandrum and kovalam. Thekkady national park is a wonderful place but we found no animals there nonetheless every part of kerala is picturesque. Munnar is a hill station and much like ooty and kodaikanal. Alleppey is a unique destination and a must visit in kerala. Rent a houseboat and enjoy a complete day. Kovalam is goa of south india and trust me you wouldn't want to miss the sunset there.
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Indu Bijlani
  • Indu Bijlani
  • Lives in Gurgaon
  • 3 Reviews

"Beautiful and a fabulous place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
I was surprised to see such natural beauty, relaxing at beaches, sightseeing and the tea plantation. I never knew about Kanan Devan Plantation. It was the best tea. There are so many varieties of special green tea. The Green tea is quite pricey and according to me its not worth the money. Our hotel staff was very friendly. This was special 80th birthday celebration to my better half, Love of my life.
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Aashish Arora
  • Aashish Arora
  • Lives in Kashipur
  • 1 Review

"One of the most beautiful tourist destination" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
One of the most beautiful tourist destinations of India. Places to visit are Munnar, a beautiful hill station due to its tea plantations. Then there are backwaters and kovalam beach which adds to its beauty. In addition to beauty, people of kerala are also really nice. They will be hardly anyone who will cheat you and they are also highly dedicated to their work
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Vaibhav Kute
  • Vaibhav Kute
  • Lives in Pune
  • 1 Review

"Best destination in the world" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Its best destination, everyone must visit Kerala. Full of greenery & nice climate. We started our journey around five in the evening from Cochin. We took small stops to avoid exertion and enjoy the drives and the places we were passing by. At the dinner time, we reached Munnar and had a delicious food and then carried on our journey. Further taking stopovers.
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Ravi Agrawal
  • Ravi Agrawal
  • Lives in Jakarta
  • 1 Review

"Wonderful destination"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I have holidayed many times in the past, but on each holiday we ended up tired and exhausted. So this time we decided holiday. We had lots of leisure and family time in our minds. So firstly we took a Luxury Houseboat, indeed a wonderful experience. Then our real holiday started at Cherai beach resort in kerala. Cherai is away yet not far away from Kochi, had fun on beach it wasn't much crowded. The beach was decently neat and the best part was it was just across our resort Club Mahindra. We would give full points to this destination and would revisit Kerala. I would definitely go there again and they are just wonderful..
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Manish Kumar
  • Manish Kumar
  • Lives in Chandigarh
  • 19 Reviews

"A dream destination"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
My dream was to go Kerela once in my life and when I visited Kerala it come true. The place is filled with natural beauty. It will make you love it all the more. Everyone should visit kerala once in their lifetime, and I am sure they will like it.
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Sharmila Mane
  • Sharmila Mane
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review

"Best holiday"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
What should I say about kerala, it is an awesome place for a traveller. It has places like Backwater ,Beaches, Hills, Monuments, Waterfalls, Wildlife,
Ayurveda, Houseboats, Festivals, Artforms and Monsoon. Kerala is every food-lover's paradise. Kerala cuisine offers a multitude of dishes, ranging from the traditional sadya to seafood delicacies. Sadya is the traditional vegetarian feast of Kerala. Houseboats, beaches and waterfalls kept me busy. A drive to Kerala is an awesome Idea.
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Monali Sati
  • Monali Sati
  • 1 Review

"A dream destination in India"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It has been a diversified state. So many cultures and colours. The scenic beauty of Kerala is mesmerizing. Boats, plants and staying places are just awesome. And the sea food out there. It's delicious! I'd asked my family and friends to be a part of my dream destination so as to enjoy it to the fullest. As soon as we'll get enough time we will surely get ourselves there.
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Swapy H
  • Swapy H
  • Lives in Thane
  • 1 Review

"An amazing experience"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It was a nice experience. Kerala gave an all round package for my family. Their experience was good and the learned quite a lot of things. We enjoyed a fantastic trip. I recommend this place those who plan to visit Kerala. Apart from all of this this the climate of Kerala was awesome too.
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