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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Tushar Borude
  • Tushar Borude
  • Lives in Pune
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  • 1 Review

"God's own place and a must visit destination" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
How one could forget the name Kerala & its holiday in his entire life, I don't think one would. I been there in the first week of March and found am I spending my holiday in this country. The destination is full of excitements, beauty with colours and of course a place for rest with spa. I was not the only person who was present, what I observed is all the age group people were enjoying one of their beautiful holiday's in Kerala during my stay.

Places to be visited would start from Munnar, the perfect destination to see tea plantation, many gardens, the lake beauty and many more with the joy of peace and rest.

Then comes next point as Thekkedy. Now words to describe this beautiful place but still I would recommend once to take a ride to Jungle Safari & one memorable small tour of elephant ride. One can see the martial art programme an evening show. Enjoy the boat ride in Periyyar wild life sanctuary.

From Thekkedy, move your foot to Alleppey, the home in the sea. The perfect house boat package would give the joy which you would have never thought of it. The back waters of the sea provides the view in wonders of water.

Food: During all my stay I preferred to have veggie food which includes mostly the special Puttu rice of Kerala and then comes coconut rice. In Thekkedy, you will have the food with yummy spices and taste. And of course in-house, you order what you want, you will have it at your desk.

Advice to Travellers: Prefer not to go in big groups. Enjoy your destination with small group or in couple. Book Cab which will help you a lot in making your journey safely and peacefully. Try to taste market food instead of opting the hotel food as they have limited variety, rather market would give you the taste you have never thought of.

One more point: Spare some additional money for shopping like spices, the great masala & green teas, ayurvedic medicines, beauty products, etc.

Start & end your journey from Cochin International airport or from Ernakulam-Munnar-Thekeddy-Allepy-Kumarkov-Cochin railway station.

You must carry a good SLR camera if you want to capture your best memorable holidays. Such chances will never come again & again. Rest you need to carry the general belongings.
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Assin Ashraf
  • Assin Ashraf
  • 1 Review

"A very good tourist sopt" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Kerala is a beautiful place on the earth. Gods own country, in Kerala there is many places which nourishes the mind of common tourists that the kerala has became the main destination for the people in the world especially for the Europeans. The most effective site in kerala is the kuttanad backwaters this site is mostly preferred.
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Mohit Aggarwal
  • Mohit Aggarwal
  • Lives in Gurgaon
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  • 2 Reviews

"Good way to rejunevate your life" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
A perfect Kerala tour can be from 4N/5D to 6N/7D with covering Munnar, Alleppey/Kumarakom, Thekkady and kovalam. If time permit, you can include Kanyakumari and Kochin.

While Munnar tea garden will make you feel refresh, house boat of alleppey will rejuvenate romance in your life. Thekkady periyar lake will make you feel excited. Kovalam beaches will make you the feeling of if you are on some paradise.

As far as shopping is concerned, you can purchase tea,spices and other sweaters from Munnar as they are special and available at economical price while local items can be purchased from Kovalam or kanyakumari. Famous banana chips can be purchased either from alleppey or from Thekkady bus stand.

Elephant safari can be enjoyed at Munnar while motor boat rides is available at both Munnar and kovalam. For pure vegetarian travellers, it is suggested to have some food with them as journey to Cochin to munnar is long so as from alleppey to Kovalam where on the way, it is difficult to find vegetarian food.
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Arpit Goel
  • Arpit Goel
  • Lives in Ghaziabad
  • 1 Review

"A place with awesome weather" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
The most peaceful, serene, Meditative beach ever seen by me. Awesome weather. Best sea food ever eaten. Lobster to be the best.
Enjoyed every bit of a second over there. The self driven scooty ride or the bullet ride. The volleyball playing on the beach with the local people Awesome. So any beach I would prefer is the kovalam beach.
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Amal m Siby
  • Amal m Siby
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 photo
  • 1 Review

"God's own country!" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Kerala has everything what you need just go and ask. The food variety and the cultural traditions all has a best part in it. Kerala has a great coastal region and hilly region. The Kadak is one of the traditional performance done by Hindus and also different religions can be seen with joined community. Kerala is really a perfect place for Ayurveda treatment. Last year December I booked our Kerala tour package. We did lot of activities like houseboat, Wildlife tour, visited hill station and most important enjoyed Ayurveda treatments. Though we enjoyed full tour very much. Now I know why Kerala is called "God's own Country" as I recently visited Kerala.
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Ajith Kumar
  • Ajith Kumar
  • Critic
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews

"The bes destination for nature lovers" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
I have been to this great state some months back for one week. It is a haven for natural lovers. BACKWATERS, FORESTS, WILDLIFE, WATERFALLS, What not. It has all the inclusions to make the perfect holiday combination. Even the temperature was good and it was the best holiday trip. We have some of the best hotels with best views which make our trip even more good. Beaches in Kerala make you rate this STATE the best for holidays.
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Viral Shah
  • Viral Shah
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 3 Reviews

"An excellent place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Kerala is really the best place to visit in India. We can enjoy the best greenery and nature. We started our journey from Cochin and spent best time in Munnar. Munnar is the best place to visit and a place to spend maximum time.

Place to visit is elephant ride and one night stay at backwater

Not to visit is Spice garden

From early morning we can put oor self busy in enjoying the nature. Food is best for the lover of southindian food or else you have to take a lunch and dinner inclusive in your tour plan. If you are follower of Jain religion then you don't have any choice to eat. Hotel has mainly design there menu on the bases of southindian food.

This is my advice to spend more time at munnar and povar.
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Shubham Gupta
  • Shubham Gupta
  • 3 Reviews

"A must visit place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Kerala is definately the best place you would want to visit for a leisure vacation. You see the natures beauty there and you got to admire it. The natural air blowing there just makes you feel to stay there forever. Kerala has hill station, beaches. What all do you need in a vacation. Please listen to me and do not waste your money on foreign trips. Just visit kerala.!
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Khokan Ghoshal
  • Khokan Ghoshal
  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 4 Reviews

"Kerala - really god's own country"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Starts our journey from Thiruvananthapuram, capital of Kerala. Lots of destination are there. We had selected with Kovalam, one of the best beach in India. With blue water and golden sand. It is about 45min journey from Thiruvananthapuram. Cabs are easily available. Many hotels are there according to your budget. But beach side hotels are preferable. From kovalam you must visit backwater boat ride, one of the memorable journey which you cannot forget ever. Both side of that way you will get lush green coconut trees. The boat will take you to the end from there you can see Arabian sea. Our next destination was Kumarakom. Another backwater area where you will get famous house boat.

You can stay in houseboat as well as in hotel also. Both are very good. If you will stay in hotel you can hire a boat for roaming in that back water lake. Other side of that lake is Alleppey. Another good destination. After Kumarakom we had move to Munnar, A hill station. Beautiful lush green tea garden. With many spice garden. One of the major part for visit this place.. Munnar lake is also a beautiful place for boat riding. A good experience of speed boat riding must have to take here. From there last destination was cochin.

Cochin is a city which is famous for churches and shipyard and the famous fishing Chinese fishing net. In whole journey all kinds of food was available for every people. In between Kumarakom to Munnar you will get couple of big spice garden. And there you must take an elephant ride which is famous in Kerala. Apart from it, Kathakali dance and aroma therapy massage of Kerala you must experience.

Thiruvananthapuram is well connected with all part of india by rail, road and air. From Thiruvananthapuram if you will take a cab up to your end of journey it will be more comfortable. The whole journey will take 7 to 8 days. Kerala is very calm state. People are very cooperative and helpful. Maximum people are very educated so language problem will not found by any one. You can use english also.
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Vimal Chhabra
  • Vimal Chhabra
  • Lives in Mohali
  • 7 Reviews

"Amazing Kerala"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month 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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