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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Basab Ray chaudh

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  • Basab Ray chaudh
  • Lives in Kolkata
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  •  8 helpful votes
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"A visit to God's own Country" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
We reached Kochi Airport at about 1pm. Transport was arranged by Kerala Tourism.

Right from Airport we moved to Athirapally Falls. On the way took lunch. Reached Athirapally at 3-30pm. Its a giant waterfalls, worth to see. Next we went to nearby Vazhachal waterfalls, small but looks elegant. We returned Kochi hotel by 8pm.

2nd day- visited Cochin,

3rd day- Moved to Munnar after breakfast. On the way visit Spice Garden. You will reach Munnar by 2-30pm.

4th day- sightseeing at Munnar,

5th day- Move to Thekkady after early breakfast, Try to reach by 1pm so that you could get ticket for launch trip in Periyar lake in the afternoon, a amazing experience.

6th day- Move to Kumarakom after breakfast and board a Houseboat at 12 noon for overnight stay. It is an unique experience.

7th day- Get down from Houseboat at 9am at Alleppey and move to Varkala beach. Spend an hour or two at Varkala and move for Kanyakumari. Expected to reach by 7pm.

8th day- Visit Vivekananda Rock and other places of interest at Kanyakumari.

9th day-After breakfast move Kovalam Beach and stay there. In the afternoon, visit Trivandrum. 10th day- Enjoy at Kovalam beach and left for your city by air from Trivandrum Airport in the afternoon.

Our transport, houseboat and hotels were arranged by Kerala Tourism. Their service is commendable.
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Utkarsh Deepak

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"Kerala is such a heaven place to visit with lots of arts and culture to explore." new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
At least need to have 10 days for visit to Kerala. We have to cover lot of places in hurry as we have only 7 days. So 1 day we spend in houseboat in Thekkady. 1 day we spent in Cochin. 2 days we spent in Munnar. Then we have gone to Trivandrum and Kanyakumari. So this was an awesome place to visit especially in monsoon season to see the waterfalls. We have directly arrived at Trivandrum from Hyderabad by flight and after moving from Kanyakumari to Trivandrum to Thekkady to Munnar to Cochin and departed from Cochin to Hyderabad. But I think we should have started from Cochin and visited to Kanyakumari and then return.
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Niloy Mandal

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"It would be never ending journey" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It is an awesome trip in my life. Every person, family, couple would have to go to kerala. It is true about Kerala i.e the God's own country". Here, the seafood is delicious. The greenery is very attractive. You never miss the speed boating in periyar river and night staying in periyar tiger reserve forest resort. The scenic beauty of Munnar always charm you. Don't miss it. Pack your bags and go for a trip to Kerala. It will never be regretting but overwhelming to you for a lifetime.
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Abdu Ziyad

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"God's own country, no doubt!!" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I heard about Kerala so much and at that time onwards i make a decision to go there at any cost. I planned a trip to Wayanad, Kerala. Its one of the great place I have ever visited in my entire life. A great architecture of nature. No doubt on that. I recommend that place to the one who need a mental relief from day to day stress. I love Kerala.
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Sunny Sehgal

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"Awesome experience" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Kerala the GOD's own country is a beautiful location. Everyone must visit kerala at least once in his/her life. It's one of the best places to visit in India. If you will visit it once, you will surely want to visit it again. If you go to Kerala, you must visit Munnar, Thekkady, Alleppey back waters etc.
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Harshit Agrawal

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"A very beautiful place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Kerala is a very beautiful place I visited in my life. The gardens in Munnar are very very good and beautiful. I like to visit Kerala again but one problem is there the people are not able to or want to talk in Hindi. So I think you should to go with a person you knows good english.
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Er tarun Kuldeep

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  • Lives in Sikar
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"A place for the one's who love nature"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Most of this sites have to be trekked to view. The lake is beautiful and full time enjoy time in Kerala. The destination is fairyland for those who love nature and wildlife. You can enjoy your life. Chembra peak is the best in Wayland.
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Arun Nair

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"A land of great natural beauty"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The coconut palms, the red tiles houses, the innumerable lakes and beaches will remain long lasting impressions to any visitor. The colourful festivals, various types of dances, martial arts and wildlife sanctuaries are the other attractions. Kerala offers nature on a platter. Sandy beaches of Kovalam, blue Lagoons at Veli, Hill stations at Ponmudi and Munnar, backwaters of Kollam and Alappuzha.
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Jeevitha Anil

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"An awesome experience at the beach"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It was the first time I went to a beach and I must say that it was an awesome experience. The beach was neat, had a speed boat too which took us to the connecting 4 beaches. We also went to poovar back waters which had another beach connected to it- the Golden Sand Beach.

Kovalam is 85 km from kanyakumari. We also got to visit the most famous temple AnanthaPadmanabha Swamy.

Overall it was a worthy trip to Kovalam.
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Aditya

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"An awesome place"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
An awesome experience. A fun place to chill and hang out with friends especially with your loved ones. A must visit place for at least once in your life time. Munnar and Allepey the main places and must see places. Place was awesome but the food was not good.
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