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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Sonali Ghosal
  • Sonali Ghosal
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 1 Review

"A good place to visit" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
It was a nice city with full of warm loving and helpful people. The city had an uncanny homely feeling though being homeaway. The lovely sea and the food was awesome. Nevertheless the backwaters is a beauty one should never miss. Here however only autos and buses are the convenient mode of transport.
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Usha taju
  • Usha taju
  • Lives in Adoor
  • 4 Reviews

"A wonderful place to enjoy beauty of nature" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It was a wonderful experience staying in Kerala for nine days in the lap of NATURE. Beautiful scenery away from pollution of metropolitan cities, An exciting stay in a house boat at Alleppey Back waters, Hills of Munnar, Beaches in Kovalam and Vivekananda temple in Kanyakumari which is not very far. Good people. All types of food one can get during stay. Tree plantation very soothing to the eyes. One can enjoy all types of species and their plantation. Recommend every body should visit Kerala, God's own city.
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Nilesh Jain
  • Nilesh Jain
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 2 Reviews

"Amazing place for couples and family" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Must visit place atleast once in life. Superb culture and friendly people nature. Awesome Nature and environment for romantic people. One of the best place in kerala is Munnar because of hill and chilled atmosphere. Backwaters also good and relaxing houseboat safari. I love kerala.
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Gowri Guttikonda
  • Gowri Guttikonda
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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  • 13 Reviews

"Paradise within India"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
With higher literacy rate with most of the public speaking english or hindi or tamil, kerala has its own places that call out everybody to visit. Lakes, parks, backwaters, sceneries, mountains what not. Here I observed that waterways are used for transportation. Ayurvedic centers are plenty. Because western ghats are closeby, KERALA temperatures are low. Coconut trees, by products are widely popular along with the banana chips made in coconut oil are a savory. Cochin airport connects other cities. Waterfalls of Vazhachal are quite famous ever since RAAVAN movie was shot here. Plenty of resorts have started offering their services to tourists.
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Aakash Singhal
  • Aakash Singhal
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Natural beauty"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Kerala is a winter Destination. Its the best place to visit for peace of mind. Its backwater, beaches, hills makes it different from other destinations. December to Mid of January is best season to visit Kerala. Climate is very good at this time. Its not too hot not too cold. People out there are very helpful in nature.

Language can be a problem in some cases if you speak Hindi only as local people they do not understand Hindi. But 90% of the local people out there can communicate in English quite comfortably. South Indian food is quite tasty and costs very less to the pocket. Dosa, Idli and all this kind of stuff. Rice is the major crop there so expect rice at every food counter.

One should plan a tour for a week to have a overall experience of Kerala. You should must spend a day at Chithari, a very nice island, the island is accessible only by boat. Reach Cochin by flight and from there hire a cab. Prefer local boats to reach some of the destinations over road. As it will be less expensive and will give an awesome experience.while travelling by boat you would see small villages meanwhile. Crop of rice. One need not to carry heavy bags full of clothes while packing for Kerala. Just pack some summer cloths and 1 woolen sweater or jacket as at some destinations the weather is cool.
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Hardik Bondre
  • Hardik Bondre
  • Lives in Pune
  • 1 Review

"Best destination for nature lovers"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It is the best destination to visit if you love nature. The tea plantations are extremely beautiful especially in monsoon. Munnar is one of the best hill stations in India. Padmanabha temple is a must visit. Their speciality is fish and other South-Indian food.
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Sashi Lanth
  • Sashi Lanth
  • 1 Review

"Natural Beauty"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Kerala is such a beautiful destination, and I had planned it very well with 5 star arrangements everywhere. Good atmosphere with fully green and nice sceneries to enjoy. Nice place to enjoy with your life partner. This is truly God's own backyard, visit this to experience it. We rented a houseboat on the second day for a day trip of three hours and thoroughly enjoyed the trip along with a great keralan lunch. We did a day trip boating in both - the huge Vembanad Lake in Kumarakom and in Alleppey canals. We found the backwaters of Alleppey to be much more scenic, relaxing and enjoyable than boating in Vembanad lake which is endless and seems like a cruise in sea.
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Tariq Akhon
  • Tariq Akhon
  • Lives in Leh
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  • 3 Reviews

"A tour to God's own country"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Kerala, a must visit place. Nature is at its best, from the hill station of kasargod to the beaches of Trivandrum, to the forests, nature reveals itself in a very beautiful way. Do not miss the traditional kathakali dance and the playing of a drum-like thing called cheta. However, the drawback is that there is a bit too much moral policing, so it is not a good place to visit with your partner unmarried.
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Megha Gupta
  • Megha Gupta
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews

"Amazing place to be in"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Just wanted to say a hearty and big thank you for taking care of my Kerala trip. Every place that we visited was fun, memorable, and we really enjoyed every moment of it. Most importantly the food that we ate, it was delicious and totally according to our needs.
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Vyshakh Dharan
  • Vyshakh Dharan
  • Lives in Chengannur
  • 2 Reviews

"Every traveller must visit this destination"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I always visit Kerala every year due to its serenity and calmness. It's truly personifies heaven on Earth! Backwaters, greenery and well educated people. All combined in perfect harmony where man and nature coexist. Truly a must for any traveler no matter who you are, from where you belong, what you speak or eat, what ethnicity you have, if you have a holiday plan, you should visit Kerala. Particular places I would suggest is Alappuzha and Trivandrum.
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