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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Raghavendra banaji
  • Raghavendra banaji
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review

"Fantastic - Kerala is truly beautiful and Unique" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted Yesterday
All four of us (including our 2 kids) had a very satisfying and memorable vacation in Kerala this April 2015.

A large part of the credit in making our vacation such a pleasant one and without much stress, goes to Holiday IQ and through them Esteem Holidays (www.esteemholidays.com) who helped organize the entire 10 Day/9 Night trip to various parts (Kochi, Munnar, Thekkady, Alappuzha, Kovalam, Trivandrum and Kanayakumari) of Kerala.

Esteem Holidays sent a very reliable driver come guide - Mr. Prabin who was instrumental in making our 10 days of journey safe, comfortable and stress-free. Mr. Prabin picked us up at the Kochi airport and from that point was with us for all 10 days till he dropped us to the Trivandrum airport.

Our best and most memorable experience was at Alappuzha houseboat where we spent one night.

Hope you all end up having similar GREAT experience when traveling to Kerala.
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Paresh Navadiya
  • Paresh Navadiya
  • 3 Reviews

"An awesome experience" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
We enjoyed a lot..!! Best memorial days for us..!! :) You should visit kerala at least one time..!! Food was also nice..!! Too yummieeee..!!

Enjoyed my adventurous days. Had awesome experience of nature and people here are also friendly and good. Enjoyed very much in this trip.
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Atul Vijay
  • Atul Vijay
  • 1 Review

"Good memories" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
Awesome place, visited Kerala for the first time last year. The memories of the places, houseboat & hotels still in the mind. Hope to get the chance visit again. Beaches in the Kerala is good. Enjoyed a lot there. One more thing visited the biggest mall of India having a funny name LU LU mall.
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Anup Pillai
  • Anup Pillai
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 2 Reviews

"A fresh feel" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Kerala is called as a GOD's own Country. I experienced the same during my visit and stay in Feb 2015. The climate was very pleasant and cool. The greenery in Kerala was so good to see. With this type of climate I was fresh through the day. I travelled from Kochi to Kottayam. The road journey was about 3 hrs but because of the above climate I was not tired at all.
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Keerthi Ganapathi
  • Keerthi Ganapathi
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 Reviews

"Awesome place to spend vacation with family" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Very good place to spend vacation with family. We stayed for a week. Nice places, good people and nice weather. We went in October. Little rainy and cool. Places visited are Munnar, Thekady, Alleppey and Kumarkom. All these places are must see.

Resorts/ hotels were booked online. Very nice experience and cost effective. We travelled by train from Bangalore to Ernakulam and from there we went to Munnar by vehicle booked by Kerala holidays. Food was also good everywhere. We get all kinds of veg food, north Indian and south Indian.
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Kapil Nandwani
  • Kapil Nandwani
  • Lives in Gandhidham
  • 1 Review

"Excellent place to relax and roam around" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Not a party place but quite good place for relaxing and just roaming!!

Some activity gardens are also there. You can have camel ride, rope tilting, arrow - bowing, hiking, zorbing and bungy jumping! ! It will keep busy and you will enjoy it!! House boat is also an experience and Kalathil Lake Resort is very nice place but they should provide night parties as well!!

Overall, if you wanna relax you should be there. People there are very good in hospitality. Remaining it's up to you how you enjoy the place.
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Anish Shah
  • Anish Shah
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 5 Reviews

"Perfect holiday location" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
There's the self-evident - trekking in Munnar, swimming in Varkala and the houseboats on the backwaters. In any case more than that meeting local people, having the best sustenance we've ever had and strolling around loads of diverse towns, towns and urban communities truly made this occasion.

Homestays and drivers are the route forward in India. The advantage of a driver together with getting the chance to know local people by staying in individuals' homes was great.

Faultless vacation. Never utilized a visit administrator previously on the grounds that we never saw the need yet didn't think twice about it by any stretch of the imagination; didn't appear to add much to the expense and verified we made double the progress in a fraction of the time, in addition to we had the advantage of all their experience.
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Supriya G
  • Supriya G
  • Lives in Pune
  • 1 Review

"Gods own country" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I visited Kerala last year after marriage, it was awesome place to visit. Scenec beauty, backwaters and Kerala fish was awesome.

We enjoyed traditional katthakali dance from folks, the talent they showed was amazing.

You should visit Munnar hill station, Thekkady backwaters, national park. Kovalam Beach was amazing. Clean and clear water. We enjoyed elephant ride, Masala garden trips.

You should visit island there which is still untouched and where you can see sangam of river and Sea.

You should hire cab there to visit all places.
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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 4 weeks 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 weeks 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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