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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Amit .

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  • Amit .
  • Lives in Agra
  • 2 Reviews
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"Kerala Tour" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Today
Kerala is the very best place for couple. There is different kind of place like;beaches, hills, peaceful place etc. Alleppy and Munnar is the best place with peace. Kovlam beach in trivendaram is also very good. My hotel was just walking distance from this. Evening time is so great time for enjoying. Kochi is also good for sightseeing and shopping as well. But for me Munnar is best place ever, everyone who want to go Kerala they should be go there.
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Romir Sen

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  • Romir Sen
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"A Wellness Holiday Trip" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Kerala is surely God's Own Country and I had this on my list since time immemorial but somehow could not manage a long vacation. But this February, I made up my mind and went straight to Vinayaka Holidays to book myself a package to Kerala. The trip was very refreshing. The beautiful backwaters of Kerala, the beaches, the temples and the authentic therapeutic spas were too good, and our travel coordinator made sure that we receive the best of everything. The two nights stay at the tranquil backwaters of Kerala, was an experience for which we will thank Vinayaka Holidays all our life.
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Vijay Potluri

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  • Vijay Potluri
  • Lives in Vijayawada
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  •  23 helpful votes
  •  6396 readers

"Gods Own Country" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Kerala, It's truly Gods Own Country, Lovely greenery never ending water ways it's own. The only state having waterways through backwaters long boat rides with stay. It's only available in Kerala. City's are having little modern face but still the rural and villages are so traditional and culturally preserved, It's not just a tour but it's going to be an interesting memorable experience.
People also nice. Many places Cochin, Guruvayor, Trivandrum, Sabarimala the great pilgrimage, many more ...
It's nice life changing places.
You can plan Kerala as next destination.
Hope you enjoy.
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Kadiakeyur

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  • Kadiakeyur
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"Nice place to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It is good to see. I like in lap of nature's. When I am standing over their fresh air touch to my body and I feel fresh and very healthy and forest cold air came inside. The trees and flowers fragrance are superb. We have to go there for many and more times.
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Abhijithck

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"Kerala, a state on India's tropical Malabar Coast, has Nearly 600km of Arabian Sea shoreline. It's k"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Kerala, a state on India's tropical Malabar Coast, has
Nearly 600km of Arabian Sea shoreline. It's known for its
Palmolive beaches and its backwaters, a network of
Canals popular for cruises. Its many upscale seaside
Resorts include specialists in Ayurvedic treatments. Inland
Are the Western Ghats, a mountain range whose slopes
Support tea, coffee and spice plantations as well as
Abundant native wildlife.
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Abhijithck

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"Kerala, a state on India's tropical Malabar Coast, has Nearly 600km of Arabian Sea shoreline. It's k"

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  • Posted 1 month ago
Kerala, a state on India's tropical Malabar Coast, has
Nearly 600km of Arabian Sea shoreline. It's known for its
Palmolive beaches and its backwaters, a network of
Canals popular for cruises. Its many upscale seaside
Resorts include specialists in Ayurvedic treatments. Inland
Are the Western Ghats, a mountain range whose slopes
Support tea, coffee and spice plantations as well as
Abundant native wildlife.
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Shuhaid Zaanz

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"Good place to visit"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Banglore, What a rocking city! There is a lot of entertainment and special foods. If we are going there its hard to return that much wow place. I can't forget that... So you should must go there and see Banglore.. You go first Lal Bahadur garden. Its awesome place and really peaceful to stand there.
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Shajesh Kumar

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  • Shajesh Kumar
  • Lives in Chennai
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"Amazing experience"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
South Venice and Gods own country. Well said and Title truly justifies the nature, at its best! For an Indian I'd definitely say it's much more than a tourist attraction/sightseeing place, it's truly an amazing experience you'll for sure feel the pleasure and the most of them for what we lookout is PEACE and would say the right place!

Quote -> The pace of life is slow, making Kerala the perfect place for a leisurely vacation!
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Prajna Vegesna

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  • Prajna Vegesna
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"A marvellous escape"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Thousand shades of green in Munnar. The smell of sea and the majestic waves with a beautiful rainbow, the sun rising up the hills with a stream flowing below in Munnar, the little french town in Fort Kochi. What a beautiful place Kerala is! Very beautiful. Worth a visit.
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"Truly god's own country"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
True to its catchline "GOD'S OWN COUNTRY", it's really God's own. Created, nurtured, decorated, beautified by GODS, really. In one word "WOW". Winter months are best time to visit but monsoon is the best time to see its plentiful greenery.

There is everything available here for every type of traveller. Choice is plentiful. Be it sea, bay, river, hill, plains, backwater, spiritual, tea garden or coffee or rubber or spices, what do you want, just name it. "WOW".

Local cuisine is yummy. But pure vegetarians be careful to check menu before ordering. Mango is available here during winter months and raw mangoes are too tasty. Also I haven't tasted so sweet and tasty pineapple anywhere else. Pineapple here is so sweet that you can confuse it with rasgulla. Local strawberry is abundantly available at hill stations.

As for activities here name it and you get it. You can complete all types of vacations at one go here, spiritual, sea, river, backwater, hills, plantations and what not.

Reach there by your mode of convenient transport, but tour whole kerala by road only. Its amazingly beautiful. Language here is a major problem. Locals not too helpful, somewhat rigid and arrogant. But Police personnel are helpful towards tourists. Please don't forget to carry the most important item, guess it - CAMERA.
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