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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Vimal Chhabra
  • Vimal Chhabra
  • Lives in Mohali
  • 6 Reviews

"Amazing Kerala" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
I will surely give 9 out of 10 on my Kerala Tour. The day I landed in Kochi had so much of excitement to do while visiting places like Munnar, Thekkady, and Allepey.

Munnar is the south India's hill station so the place is colder in comparison to other places like Alleppey. Great to see Tea Plantations, Tea factory, Wildlife Sanctuary, India's Cleanest Park in Munnar.

Your last destination in Kerala should be of course Alleppey, What a moment that I have spent in Cruise or in a House Boat having all delicious meals on the cruise. Backwaters is simply rocking.

At last, Go for it....................!!!!!!!!!!!
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Raghu
  • Raghu
  • 1 Review

"Awesome experience" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Munnar is a great place to travel in winter. Had great time with the group in boat house Alleppey too. Varkala was another great spot for beach lovers. Nightlife near beach is very colourful. An advice is book rooms in Munnar using holidayiq. Com in advance to prevent last minute unavailability of rooms. We faced that problem. Overall a great place to visit in winters.
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Bharat Gupta
  • Bharat Gupta
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 1 Review

"Outstanding God's own country" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Outstanding , Spell bound, Breath taking, Nature, Relaxing, Laid Back these are some of the words to describe the experience called " God's own country- Kerala". The fishing net in Kochin to the tea Gardens of Munnar leave you spell bound. An overnight stay at the KSTDC hotel in Thekkady brings you closer to nature. While the boathouse stay in Alleppey gives you a complete laid back feel. All in all, its an amazing destination !!
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Ganesh Naik
  • Ganesh Naik
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review

"Had a wonderful time at beaches" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Kerala Gods own place. Its worth having a week long trip with views at beaches and lake sides views. Places to visit like Kunnur, Thekkadi, Periyar, Kovalam and the capital Cochin. A must go temple of Padmanabhaswamy. Worth seeing the Idol has an ancient history attached to it. And ofcourse the delicious Keralite cuisine.
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Sandeep Jangra
  • Sandeep Jangra
  • Lives in Rohtak
  • 4 Reviews

"In The Lap Of Nature" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Last month I visited Ernakulam in Kerala , a place with tropical climate. The cool breeze coming from the sea made us feel fresh. There were rows of coconut and palm trees along with the roads making the scenery very beautiful. There was greenery all around but the main pleasure to the eyes was suburb "Vaduthala" situated in the midst of beautiful flowering plants and fruit yielding trees. That was the most beautiful place I have ever seen. I also want to say thanks to "holidayiq.com" for their service. I will never forget about that happy time spent.
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Shriharsha Badiger
  • Shriharsha Badiger
  • Lives in Guwahati
  • 1 Review

"A beautiful place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Kerala is a beautiful place, Gods own country. I had been to mystic mountain of munnar, kovallam beach, pooovar. Breathtaking sceneries. I really enjoyed myself. Poovar is the most adventurous place. Munnar tea estates are pleasure to watch. Alleppey houseboat stay was a wonderful experience. Houseboats are safe. People are cooperative. There are beautiful lakes around. Kovallam soma palm shore resort is nice ayurvedic resort. Very cosy, nice ambience and good hospitality of the staff.
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Sunny Agrawal
  • Sunny Agrawal
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review

"Truly God's own country" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Places to visit are Boathouse in alleppey, Allpey beach, Munnar For non-vegetarian you will get a very good variety of sea food. For vegetarians one has to survive only on rice. We traveled by road and I think its the best way to explore the beauty of the nature.
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Rajesh Nadiminti
  • Rajesh Nadiminti
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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  • 3 Reviews

"Awesome place to visit" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Kerala is a scenic beauty. The backwaters are awesome and hill stations are mind blowing. True nature which makes mind very refreshed. It is one of the best place for honeymoon couples. The sea food in Kerala is awesome and wild life sanctuary is just like treasure. The beaches in kerala are cool and its mandatory to have toddy whenever everyone visits kerala. The regional dances are good.
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Sonali Ghosal
  • Sonali Ghosal
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 1 Review

"A good place to visit"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month 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
  • 5 Reviews

"A wonderful place to enjoy beauty of nature"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months 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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