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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Munnar - One of the best places to visit in Kerala
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Wayanad - One of the best places to visit in Kerala
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Guruvayur - One of the best places to visit in Kerala
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Er tarun Kuldeep

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"A place for the one's who love nature" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks 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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  • Lives in Chandigarh
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"A land of great natural beauty" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks 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" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks 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" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks 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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Amit Amit

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"An awesome place"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Awesome place for itinerary. Loved the food, the ambience, the people, everything.

Had visited:
1) Guruvayoor Temple
2) Shabrimala
3) Padmanabham Kshetram
4) Chottanikkara
5) Kovalam Beach
6) Thrissur Pooram
7) Munnar

Was lucky to be able to attend Thrissur Puram though. :) Most exotic & exasperating place to visit; it's truly God's own country :)
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"Fantastic - Kerala is truly beautiful and Unique"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
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

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"An awesome experience"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month 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

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"Good memories"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month 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

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"A fresh feel"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month 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

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"Awesome place to spend vacation with family"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month 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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