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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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Saurav Bakshi

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  • Saurav Bakshi
  • 37 photos
  • 5 Reviews
  •  7 helpful votes
  •  10557 readers

"Kerala- Diary of God's own Country" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
The nickname- God's own Country, is absolutely apt for it. The more I praise about the natural beauty of this place, the lesser it is. Hence I am straight way sharing few tips before you plan to visit this place:
1. Plan for at least 7-8 days trip excluding travel from - to your location
2. Try to spend at least 2 days in each place (excluding boat house) as travelling takes lot of time due to hilly roads (Distance of 100 KM takes approx 3. 5-4 hours) enjoy and cover the length & width
3. Don't worry about food prepared with coconut oil or grades because you will not be able to differentiate it and tastes really good
4. Do taste the authentic Keralian dishes
5. People are very good, warm hearted, welcoming and helpful. They treat tourists as God
6. Don't try to cover too many places at once. Spend some quality time at each place to enjoy the serenity and tranquillity of nature
7. If you are going for boat house, keep something for entertainment during evening as once the park the boat around 6:00 PM, there is nothing much to do. Also pack everything e. G. Medicine, snacks etc. Since there is no market or shop nearby
8. Rent a car for your entire trip. Do behave well with drivers as they are very helpful and friendly
9. Prefer home stay if possible to completely expolre the culture
10. Have lite breakfast while travelling to hills if you have pukish tendency
Hope these tips will help you to plan your trip well. Enjoy !!!
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Ashish Shukla

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  • Ashish Shukla
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  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 218 photos
  • 47 Reviews
  •  42 helpful votes
  •  16571 readers

"God's Own country" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
I stayed in Kerela for 4 days, and I felt that if given a chance, I can live here for the rest of my life too. Its such a cool, calm and easy to go place .. Somebody has correctly termed Kerela as God's own country .. Trees, plants, greenery, Sea and sea breeze .. Everything here is natural and takes you close to nature ..
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Vivek  Patil

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  • Vivek Patil
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Best Destination"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Overall Kerala
Is beautiful location in whole
Of India. Best time to visit last week of september. Better learn some basic malyali words like hi how are you where how far which way etc, best spots poovar, Kovalam, alleppy. Kumarkom, periyar forest Munnar, Kottayam. Fortkochi, ashtamudi.
Food on banana leaf,
Traavel by local transport to understand local culture.
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Samit Singh

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  • Samit Singh
  • Lives in Kochi
  • 12 photos
  • 4 Reviews
  •  7 helpful votes
  •  12204 readers

"Meeshapulimala - 2nd highest hills in western ghat"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
This was the most adventurous trip to the 2nd highest hills in western ghat - Meeshapulimala.
The pics after reaching at the top are self explanation of the natural beauty of the this place. A trip that consists of camping, trekking around 4-5 kms ups and downs, camp fire and full enjoyment.
If you are a kind of person who likes travelling and visiting sites that includes adventures then this will be most likely a trek for you. The change of view at every interval of time is almost like travelling into a different world which eyes are not believing to be real.
I would strongly advice to visit this place at least once, I bet you won't regret.
#meeshapulimala camping #campfire #nature #beauty
#trek #enjoy
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Samit Singh

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  • Samit Singh
  • Lives in Kochi
  • 12 photos
  • 4 Reviews
  •  7 helpful votes
  •  12204 readers

"Meeshapulimala - 2nd highest hills in western ghat"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
This was the most adventurous trip to the 2nd highest hills in western ghat - Meeshapulimala.
The pics after reaching at the top are self explanation of the natural beauty of the this place. A trip that consists of camping, trekking around 4-5 kms ups and downs, camp fire and full enjoyment.
If you are a kind of person who likes travelling and visiting sites that includes adventures then this will be most likely a trek for you. The change of view at every interval of time is almost like travelling into a different world which eyes are not believing to be real.
I would strongly advice to visit this place at least once, I bet you won't regret.
#meeshapulimala camping #campfire #nature #beauty
#trek #enjoy
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Samit Singh

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  • Samit Singh
  • Lives in Kochi
  • 12 photos
  • 4 Reviews
  •  7 helpful votes
  •  12204 readers

"Meeshapulimala - 2nd highest hills in western ghat"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
This was the most adventurous trip to the 2nd highest hills in western ghat - Meeshapulimala.
The pics after reaching at the top are self explanation of the natural beauty of the this place. A trip that consists of camping, trekking around 4-5 kms ups and downs, camp fire and full enjoyment.
If you are a kind of person who likes travelling and visiting sites that includes adventures then this will be most likely a trek for you. The change of view at every interval of time is almost like travelling into a different world which eyes are not believing to be real.
I would strongly advice to visit this place at least once, I bet you won't regret.
#meeshapulimala camping #campfire #nature #beauty
#trek #enjoy
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Samit Singh

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  • Samit Singh
  • Lives in Kochi
  • 12 photos
  • 4 Reviews
  •  7 helpful votes
  •  12204 readers

"Meeshapulimala - 2nd highest hills in western ghat"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
This was the most adventurous trip to the 2nd highest hills in western ghat - Meeshapulimala.
The pics after reaching at the top are self explanation of the natural beauty of the this place. A trip that consists of camping, trekking around 4-5 kms ups and downs, camp fire and full enjoyment.
If you are a kind of person who likes travelling and visiting sites that includes adventures then this will be most likely a trek for you. The change of view at every interval of time is almost like travelling into a different world which eyes are not believing to be real.
I would strongly advice to visit this place at least once, I bet you won't regret.
#meeshapulimala camping #campfire #nature #beauty
#trek #enjoy
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Justin As

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  • Justin As
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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  • 1 Review
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  5852 readers

"What is the speciality of this place ???"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 11, 2016
This palace only one place in India there was a many adventures we can feel there like it not a earth it is like another place not a earth adventure in these place come and get the amazing feeling with and your family one more this only see in September moth 2to23. Only
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Vishal Mirg

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  • Vishal Mirg
  • Lives in Delhi
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  •  7 helpful votes
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"Kerala- an Escape from Chaos"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 7, 2016
In these days, life is running at a pace where people have lost touch with friends, partners and even their Family .. And sometimes a Trip is required to get that feeling of family back in your life.
I was going through the same phase when My family decided for a trip and I was given the responsibility for choosing a location. As a North- Indian my first choice was going towards hill, first thing came to my mind was J & K, but due to the protest and violent condition in valley, it was wise to skip this choice. And then hills of Michal or Uttarakhand, but it's monsoon season and no-one dares to get there in this time ..
Somehow everything was Directing me towards the God's own country- Kerala, and I booked everything from tickets to hotels, houseboats .. And I was warned by many of friends and relatives that it's hard for North-Indian to get familiar with the food type here and then our Journey started.
From Delhi to Cochin International airport, it was a tiring 6 hours journey with 2 hrs stop in Bangalore.
After reaching Kochi, our Driver was waiting there and then out Journey to Munnar started, it was a mountain with a wavy path and then the breathtaking sceneries on the way was more than enough to left me speechless.
Munnar is so peaceful that I forgot the metropolitan in an instant, it was so quiet and beautiful from the chaos we are used to. Then came an exotic experience of Ayurvedic Spa, most of us have experienced our modern metropolitan Spa, it was really relaxing. You could explore a lot in Munnar, from breathtaking sceneries to lovely spice gardens and chocolate factories, and ofcourse their famous tea gardens.
Then next day we left for Allapuzha( Allepey), famous for its back waters and a silent beach, houseboat experience should be mandatory, that silent breeze, water and your loved ones, a perfect combination for a Holiday.
And I was warned that South Indian don't like north indians, and many things like that but guyz this is not at all true .. They are really polite people and their hospitality is really one of a kind and it'd make you feel so **** special.
A personal example:
In our houseboat, after wasting food in lunch (we weren't that much hungry, so we just took a little and left the rest and the chef threw it away) I have personally asked the chef to just make a Dal and any thing as we are not really hungry, but he still made us 3 more dishes with Daal, Pulaao and chicken and when I Asked him about the same, he said, " you are our guest, it's our pleasure" and then he left with a smile.
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Sejal maru

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  • Sejal maru
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 4 Reviews
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"Awesome"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Aug 5, 2016
Been to Kerala in June month .. Visited Cochin, Munnar, Allepay, periyar lake .. Kerala is superb place .. Saw many animals and birds in ernakulum national park .. Lush green relaxes your mind and soul .. Very clean city .. Back Waters houseboat, rose garden, marital art and khatakali show, tea gardens, spice gardens are must visit .. Do indulge in a ayurvedic massage once .. I stayed in ABAD group hotels .. Hospitality was very good .. Monsoon makes Kerala more romantic .. Truly god's own country
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