Kerala Tourism

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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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Traveler Inme

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  • Lives in New Delhi
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"Truly God's own country"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
So like most, a trip to Kerala had been playing on my mind for long. While deciding on the itinerary (since there are so many places that are a must visit) I narrowed down on central Kerala for my first. What my list finally looked like? Here it isť Thrissur, Guruvayoor, Ernakulam/Kochi, Munnar, Thekkady, Alappuzha/Alleppey. Among them I would love to go back to Munnar and spend some real nothing" days Some we could not do due to local issues that had risen restricting tourist visits (Top Station & Kolukkumalai)

My trip to Kerala had its highs and lows. While my passion for travelling and photography got a good deal, I had some tough time with the food (barring a couple of local food items) and weather. I loved being amidst the greenery, clean air and a simple slow paced way of life. Munnar being my favorite and already marked for a revisit.

Am sharing a few take offs from my trip that may help plan your trip better. This is basis my personal experience and with reference to the places that were on my itinerary.

My inputs on food is based on my personal taste in food and its likes. If you have a strong North Indian palate you may not be able to relish the local cuisine (coconut base & oil being used extensively) on a daily basis. Kerala is a delight for non vegetarians with a variety to choose from especially sea food! Basis preference, it is advised you ask your houseboat provider for another cuisine along with / other than their traditional cuisine while making the bookings and a cook who knows how to prepare them. You can give a reminder 24/48 hrs before the ride. Food is cheap there and the highway joints will provide you with basic staple food menu. I remember being all excited about a traditional breakfast dish (steamed cylinders of ground rice layered with coconut) and then landing with a bad stomach and vomiting, maybe indigestion at its peak. Anyone trying it should initially take a small portion. While travelling from one place to another by road keep some light munchies handy. Here and there we enjoyed the kacha aam with chilli powder and yes they are extremely fast selling. Personally, I did not find the homemade chocolates, being sold, around the tourist spots, delectable. Do not carry food / snacks when inside Periyar & Eravikulam National Park, you will not be allowed to carry them on your exploration. In case you need to carry some, to keep them in your car till you return.

You will have a lot of options for souvenirs / shopping. I found the Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan (Pallimukku, Ernakulam) to be a good & decently priced option to buy souvenirs. Retail outlets in plantations on the Kumily - Thekkady highway are the best place to buy spices. Kasavu sari from any Kasavukada showroom, kathakali masks & Nettipattam can also be bought from shops around popular temples. Oh yes, some banana, tapioca, jack fruit chips too! I loved their chikki (peanut candy) different from the ones we get here its yummm!! Avoid shopping in Princess Street /Fort Kochi as prices are high lest you are rally good at bargaining. You may indulge in incense or attar (concentrated perfume) purchase there but remember, to bargain. Not to forget the Lulu mall (second largest mall in India) for brand shopping or just whiling some evening time. Things you can buy as souvenirs: aranmula kannadi (metal mirror), kasavu saree, kettuvallam (houseboat), chundan vallom (snake boat). Nettipattam (elephant caparison), kathakali masks or paintings, coir products, mural paintings, nettoor petti (traditional jewelry box), spices, ayurvedic produce, tea and coffee from their plantation's retail outet.

With regards to clothing, you may need light woolens in Munnar & other hilly places while for the rest comfortable cotton dresses along with a pair of good walking shoes. If temples are on your itinerary, its advisable to look up the temple dress code rules before visiting. The men, as well as Male kids, in most temples are to wear mundu (dhoti) and be bare chested while entering the inner sanctum. For the women, most temples allow them to wear a saree or a with dupatta.

Weather was definitely not in my good books since I am not comfortable in hot and humid climate that too in November!! So barring Munnar and to some extent Thekkady I was miserable. Carry water proof sunscreen, umbrellas/caps and dresses suitable to such weather. Keep yourself well hydrated and eat light. Since Kerala is a place of backwaters carry mosquito repellent.

And, when in Kerala do not forget to indulge in the traditional ayurvedic spa treatments. There are plenty of massage spa / parlours around so do make sure you narrow down on an authentic one. Your hotels would have an in house spa or tie up with some. At the end of the day a shirodhara abhyangam would be great way to unwind

Please ensure you do online reservation for the Eravikulam National Park and Periyar National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary in advance. Also you should be at the venue much ahead of the time slot chosen to collect the physical ticket for which you need to be in a long queue (during tourist season). Also at the Periyar a person can purchase only two tickets at the max (note this if you are planning to get your tickets on the spot). Another thing, you are not allowed to carry any eatables in the main section of the parks so please keep this in mind.

While on the houseboat kids may tend to get restless. Do have a plan to keep them engaged The houseboats get docked at a village in the evening for the day. Since its winter the sunsets early so ensure you tell your steersman to reach the place while the sun is still up. Else you may miss enjoying touring the village and enjoying its scenic life.

As a rule always carry small denomination money. I have this habit instilled in me by my parents since my hostel days. It stands me in good stead and saved us a lot of panic due to sudden demonetization on the very day of our arrival.
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Jesi Tom

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  • Lives in Kollam
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"Holiday Packages in Kerala"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
My favorite tour Destination Kerala. Amazing backwaters, misty tea gardens, alluring back beaches, exotic house boats. Awesome Holiday packages in Kerala. Visit NoukaHolidays for more Kerala Tour Packages. I have really enjoyed the trip with my friends, the most adorable moments are sight seeing, backwaters, houseboats, birds watching, jungle trucking and natural photographs.
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"Kerala- Diary of God's own Country"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months 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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"God's Own country"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months 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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"Best Destination"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 9, 2016
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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  • Lives in Kochi
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"Meeshapulimala - 2nd highest hills in western ghat"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 30, 2016
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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  • Lives in Kochi
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"Meeshapulimala - 2nd highest hills in western ghat"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 30, 2016
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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  • Lives in Kochi
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"Meeshapulimala - 2nd highest hills in western ghat"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 30, 2016
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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"Meeshapulimala - 2nd highest hills in western ghat"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 30, 2016
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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"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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