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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Kochi (Cochin) - 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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Kumarakom - One of the best places to visit in Kerala

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Ruchika Dugar

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  • Ruchika Dugar
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 1 Review
  •  62 readers

"Perfect place to relax and discover a new you!" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Kerala is breath taking beautiful and relaxing. From the backwaters to the tea planted mountains everything is just perfect. A trek or hike, tiger trailing in the Periyar tiger reserve and then bamboo rafting were the most adventurous part of the trip. Do try the different spices, tea and massages when in Kerala. Also do visit the huge Shiva temples while travelling through the towns in Kerala and do try south Indian cuisine at the local restaurants.
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Dhanashri Latthe

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  • Dhanashri Latthe
  • Lives in Islampur
  • 2 Reviews
  •  59 readers

"Gods heaven on earth !" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Kerala, heaven on earth. Everyone must visit this place. Specially Alleppy and Munnar. Ever chanting places in India. Coconut trees, nice and clean back water. Wow those who are really want to spend their valuable time must visit this Kerala. Best hotels, best options for sightseeing.
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Ankush

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  • Ankush
  • Lives in Adra
  • 2 Reviews
  •  340 readers

"Perfect place for honeymoon!" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
I visited Kerala in December. The place is just awesome. The climate n the natural beauty of Kerala touches the mind. This is perfect place to visit for your honeymoon. Hill roads peoples in Kerala were so helpful. The most amazing place is Alleppey where you go in backwaters in houseboat and have a stay overnight in backwaters.
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Shiva Kumar

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  • Shiva Kumar
  • Lives in Vijayawada
  • 1 Review
  •  428 readers

"It was amazing place with great attractions" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Kerala is the best place in the India and is the one of the best place among other places in India. The canals are superb. We can enjoy a lot by travelling as a trip to the Kerala state. The beach places in this state was also too good we had the expectations and it reached to the expectations by travelling as a trip to the Kerala.
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Rahul Das

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  • Rahul Das
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 1 Review
  •  389 readers

"Gods own country!" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Awesome place to visit. The place is totally committed to tourism. People are very nice there. From hill station to sea beaches this state has everything. The tea gardens in Munnar, Kochi city, beaches in Trivandrum not to forget the houseboat in Alleppy one should not miss it. Its totally worth spending one full day. Also I visited Kanyakumari (Tamil Nadu)which is near to Trivandrum. So better take as much leave you can. Only problem faced is language & food.
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Nirali Patel

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  • Nirali Patel
  • Lives in Baroda
  • 1 Review
  •  368 readers

"Amazing place to get relaxed and spend time" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Amazing place to get relaxed and spend time. Would love to visit this place again in future whenever, I get time. Boating and nature walks are the most I loved. Never-ending array of Coconut palms, Sun blanched beaches, Kettuvallams over enchanting backwaters, Magical monsoon showers, Silent valleys vibrant with flora and fauna, Misty mountains of the Western Ghats, Fragrance of spices, Evenings reverberating with the rhythm of a thousand artforms. Fairs and festivals.
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Devang Naik

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  • Devang Naik
  • Lives in Daman & Diu
  • 1 Review
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  528 readers

"Enjoyed the stay" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Lovely people & they were very good. Food and hotels were wonderful. A state must visit. Specially the hill stations and tea gardens, Munnar and Thekkady. Elephant ride as well as early morning wild life ride is one of the best you can feel. Journey started from Mumbai Duronto train through Kokan ranges and there after through Ertica car all over Kerala :- Munnar, Thekkady, Kanaykumari, Kovalam, Alleppey.
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Sunil Sharma

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  • Sunil Sharma
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  527 readers

"Place to visit again & again" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Kerala is awesome place where one can spent their special moment of life. Munnar is really the God's country. Carmila Heaven resort in Thekkedy is the place where you can enjoy camp fire and enjoy your special nights of life. Elephant ride and house boat in Alleppey is fantastic experience.
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Rosetta Mendes

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  • Rosetta Mendes
  • Lives in Adra
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  • 5 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Kerala, much more than what is shown to you" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Superb and awesome experience. Kerala is a beauty waiting to be discovered. Yes! I am saying this because although everyone knows Kerala for Munnar, Thekkaday, Ayurvedic massages, Kochi etc. Trust me it is so much more than these places!

Also mostly these popular places are in South Kerala however there is so much to be seen, explored and enjoyed at North Kerala too in places like Wayanad, Calicut and the Beaches of course. I visited South Kerala and had the good fortune of visiting some rare and out of the ordinary tourists itinerary places like,

1. Poovar Island: I have already written my review about this fantabulous and amazing place, I just could not have more of this place. I will go back and visit it again whenever I get the chance to.

2. Gavi Forest: Gavi forest is close to Thekkady and you get here by Jeep. It is run and maintained by the Kerala Forest Development Corporation and they have plans catering to your needs like day or overnight etc. It is a place which has dense foliage, small waterfall and a lake besides animals and a beautiful setting to explore and replenish your senses and am pretty sure will be on traveller's must visits. However the fact that few people know of the place make it more Enjoyable :D you have peace and sanity. Munnar, Thekkady, Allepey, Kochi, Trivandrum etc. These the usual places on tourists itinerary when you speak of Kerala.

Next on my list is to explore North Kerala :)
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Sambasiva Rao

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  • Sambasiva Rao
  • Lives in Guntur
  • 1 Review
  •  659 readers

"It was a nice Kerala visit" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Wonderful trip in my career it was amazing and funny. Previously I visited so my places but it was different from other places, in Kerala lot of coconut trees there I really enjoyed because of the greenness in Kerala so every body visit Kerala in his or her life.
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