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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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Aditya Ethape

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"God's Own country" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Lovely place. Full of scenic beauty. Must visit! Alleppey houseboats, Munnar hill station, Kovalam beach makes it full of memories to cherish. Sea food is a great delicacy. There are 2 ways to see Kerala one is from Kochi and other from Trivandrum. I will recommend Kochi because Munnar is something not to be missed.
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Praveen Naga

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"Kerala - a very best touring spot" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Kerala is very pleasant spot and it's apt for people to go to multiple times. Mainly the water flowing in villages is superb and the scenery is amazing. Kerala people help a lot in finding places and very friendly while interacting. Even hotels are very nice and I like Malayalam films a lot even food is amazing there.
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Nimisha Khandelwal

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"Mesmerising natural beauty" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
My 2 of my friends and I enjoyed there. Started with Munnar, it's natural beauty, it's weather was awesome. From Bangalore we went there. So for us it was a wonderful experience. The greenery, the tree plantations and the cold weather and the mesmerising natural beauty. It was very relaxing, refreshed our mind. The cool breeze making more fun and we were not wanted to come back to our daily job routine.

Then we went to Marari beach. It was one of there cleanest beach I ever saw. Then the houseboat experience it was a lovely experience and it was one of the memorable trip.
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Presh Munjal

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"Full of scenic beauty" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Lovely place. Full of scenic beauty. Must visit! Alleppey houseboats, Munnar hill station, Kovalam beach makes it full of memories to cherish. Sea food is a great delicacy. There are 2 ways to see Kerala one is from Kochi and other from Trivandrum. I will recommend Kochi because Munnar is something not to be missed.
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"Amazing place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Just few words: I would like to visit it any time if it's offered by any one ;). Kidding just a great place for the ones who loves to romance with nature.

Munnar is a place where you will see hills like Shimla etc and tea plant like Assam as well. It's a place with rain any time condition. You will see sudden rains and weather will be so much romantic instantly you will come out and feel this place is for you only.

Thekkady and Alleppey are places for adventures. You have some wonderful visits like Periyar lake, Kerala ancient game visit and Alleppey beach.
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"A good place to explore" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Well when I mentioned " tourist destination" I mean not a traveler/backpacker 's destination.

Lived in kerala for more than a year for I had to owing to my job and visited a number of places quite unfriendly among those. Nice place to visit in a short stay, for a tourist 5 days are enough to see the whole beauty of it combined of beaches and serene hills. Places recommended are :

BEACHES

Varkala beach : best time to go is before monsoon, sea is calm, a bit crowded by non locals( u wont see it anywhere else in kerala).

Kollam beach : only if u like visiting crowded beaches

Marari/mararikulam beach : long, clean, less crowded and a nice beach to have a peaceful sunset. 10 km before Alleppey and 50 km from Kochi. Finding hotels nearby is a tough deal.

Alleppey beach : just another locally crowded beach

Cherai beach : 20 km from kochi city, can plan a day beach visit for those staying in Kochi on bicycles/ motorbikes. Get onto your bicycle, ride up to a nearest boat jetty/ boat ferry and get down at Vypin Island, 10 km ride from vyappin to cherai, stop in between to taste the local cuisine, detour before 5 km from cherai and take left, ride along the beach road. Click photographs of backwaters along the way.

HILL STATION

Wayanad : plan a days trip to wayanad

Munnar : perfect place to go before monsoon, njoy cycle ride, camping and trekking, hire a guide for a day. Have a visit to many of the tea plantation around the town. Stay in high range club if you can afford or carry your own tent.

Vagamon : around 100 kms from kochi, serene views of the meadows and tea plantation. If you happen to go there in feb and early march, there is an annual paragliding festival. Bring your own gears or can do it there, book in advance to avoid the crowd else you'll miss it, carry sun protection. If going in monsoon one can enjoy the many waterfalls in between though not recommended due to slippery roads(only for those who dare). One can stop in between to see rubber plantation.

Periyar tiger reserve : for wildlife lovers, although spotting a tiger is not guaranteed but one can enjoy boat safari there and visit around the town of Thekkady.

Gavi : recommended only for camping /wildlife and trekking enthusiast. Carry your own tent if want to stay overnight in a jungle. Can hire a guide. Early morning bird watching and photography, carry your zoom lens to have the finest shot of wildlife.

Best place to trek. Backpack accordingly.

OTHER PLACES

Kochi : being called as metro city of kerala, it doesn't look so. Nothing much to do here than taste the food and carry on.

Fort Kochi : once can visit the beach here, have best of the sea food, cheap stay in hotels and homestay. One can find many foreigners here roaming here. If u r here do visit jew street nearby and negotiate while buying goods and antiques. Sea facing restaurant serving multi cuisine food.

Athirapally waterfalls : around 70 km from kochi, one day visit, visit before or after monsoon. Also called Niagara of India owing to its flow during monsoon.

Takada : small food joints nearby roads. Dont cry over the hygiene part of it. Taste the real local cuisine here.

Alleppey backwaters : much talked about and most visited. Enjoy the backwaters ride on a houseboat. Stay overnight on boat. One will find villages and fisherman while you're on your boat. Unique experience.

Calicut / Kozhikode : real taste of kerala. Must visit to eat.

Advice

-> communist government, strikes in state are quite often. Stay in your hotel or wherever you are during strike, avoid being on the road else u'll be stopped and sent back or. Just avoid it

-> most of people are quite conservative and orthodox, avoid getting into any sort of scuffle with them avoid police also. Enjoy your stay

-> in places other than tourist places, people are unfriendly and you are not welcomed there.

-> no booze, no smoke else ready to pay fine or get challaned by non Hindi/English speaking police man.

-> don't feel bad when you ask a local for direction or for something else, he/they may pretty well ignore you, it means you are an outsider and not welcomed.

-> avoid being on the road late at night, because everything get closed before or at 9.

At last enjoy your vacation and go home with good memories. Don't think much about it.
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"Perfect place to relax" new review

  • 5.5/7
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M visit to Kerala with friends was a spectacular sight abounded with greenery on all sides. The beauty of Kerala can be described in words but one needs to experience it.

Cherai beach was an amazing place and Cherai beach resort is a wonderful, well-designed and beautiful sight.

Munnar was truly heaven on earth. The beautiful tea gardens and climate is just awesome. It's a place which one must not miss. One must eat at local joints here as eating in restaurants is very expensive.

Alleppey is another mind blowing place with its luscious backwaters and a day spent in the houseboat was a fantastic experience as everything was available on board.

Kovalam too is a must visit place especially the beaches and if one goes early in the morning one can witness a fish catch.

A seven day journey can be tiring if one is not used to travelling or one can visit just 2-3 places at a time and keep the others for the next time.
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"An awesome experience"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Despite of some good and bad things about kerala, overall trip was mesmerising, from misty mountains to back water, its truly gods own country.

Good Things : Beauty, Beauty and Beauty, For nature loving person, kerala is best.

Bad Things: there is south indian touch to every food there, from North-Indian to Chinese, it will taste like South-Indian.
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Tahera Dhambola

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"A must visit place"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
A must visit place. Scenic, tranquil, a place where one experiences the beauty of nature, culture, wildlife, adventure, heritage, Crystal clear beaches, exotic food and much more.

Kovalam, Alleppey, Thekkady and Munnar are the places we visited.

One can leave behind the hustle and bustle of the city life and have a relaxing holiday in Kerala.
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"Perfect for holidaying and Honeymoon"

  • 6.5/7
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Serene atmosphere and beautiful nature. One should visit here specifically for winters or monsoon as the environment here stays fresh. Activities like elephant safari, river rafting and trekking are one of the most favorite of mine activities.

Here production of pepper and natural rubber is what you need to visit for. In the agricultural sector, coconut, tea, coffee, cashew and spices are what we have seen in factories. The best thing happened to us was the day we reached Kerala it started raining and so pleasant was the atmosphere.
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