Kerala

Kerala is the southernmost state of India. The name Kerala is believed to have originated from the word “kera” and “alam”. Kera means coconut and alam means land or location – thus Kerala “The Land of Coconut Trees”.

A rich culture and a fascinating history, the state provides an assortment of fun activities that would appeal to any travellers of all sorts. With the exception of snowfall, this haven offers an all-rounder travel experience: beautiful backwaters, serene beaches, waterfalls, hill stations and so much more.

Named as one of the ten paradises of the world by the National Geographic Traveller, Kerala is famous especially for its ecotourism initiatives. Its unique culture and traditions, coupled with its varied demography, has made Kerala one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.

True to its moniker ‘God’s own country’, Kerala is most definitely the ideal destination to visit.

The scenic backwaters of Kerala comprise of serene stretches of lakes, canals and lagoons located parallel to the coast of the Arabian Sea. The backwater regions of Kerala are one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.

Fun Facts

  • The richest Hindu temple in the world is located in Kerala; Padmanabhaswamy temple is the richest temple regarding gold and precious stones.
  • The only state in India with the highest number of festivals being celebrated.
  • The backwaters cover almost half of the length of Kerala
  • Highest per capita of alcohol consumption.
  • First Church, Mosque and Synagogue of India are in Kerala:
    • St Thomas, Syro-Malabar Catholic church in Palayur was established in 52 AD.
    • The first ever mosque in India Cheraman Juma Mosque is in Methala, Kodungallur, it was built in 629 AD.
    • The oldest active synagogue is the Paradesi Synagogue that’s in Kochi, constructed in the year 1567. Home to world’s oldest teak trees
  • Home to the world’s oldest teak trees, the Nilambur Teak Plantation in Malappuram stretches across a massive region of 2.31 hectares.
  • World’s best drive-in beach. Muzhappilangad beach of Kerala runs parallel to NH 66 and is the longest drive-in beach in Asia.

Culture

Kerala doesn’t only showcase diversity in wildlife but is also home to diverse forms of religion. It serves as an excellent example of people belonging to different religions living together in harmony and peace. Kerala has a rich cultural heritage. Its diverse culture is influenced by three main religions of Hinduism, Christianity and Islam. Exquisite sculptures, music and dance forms can be seen in the historic development of Kerala’s cultural traditions.

Cuisine

The main cuisine here is of a Sadhya – Vegetarian meals served in a plantain leaf. The other delicacies include various vegetarian and non- vegetarian dishes. Puttu and Kadala (Pounded Rice with Black Gram Curry), Kallappam (Pancake with a hint of Toddy), Idiappam (Rice Noodles), Karimeen (Pearl Spot) Fry, Chemeen (Prawns) and Nandu (Crab), are a few of the many mouths watering dishes served in Kerala.

Splendours & Sights

  • Visit the Mattancherry Palace- A Historical Landmark of Kerala
  • Munnar – Watch The Neelakurinji Bloom at the Eravikulam National Park
  • Ernakulam – Take A Train Journey
  • Athirapally Falls
  • Kovalam Beach
  • Allepey Beach
  • Indian Naval Maritime Museum, Kochi
  • Thiruvananthapuram – The Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
  • Idukki – Periyar National Park, Eravikulam National Park, Anamudi, Mattupetty Dam, Thekkady, kalvari mountains, Parunthumpara, Meesapulimala, Keezharkuthu Falls, Ramakkalmedu, and Hill View Park

Things To Experience

  • Take a Stroll on Jew Street, Kochi
  • Visit Fort Kochi And Marvel At The Architecture
  • Watch Theyyam In Kochi
  • Try Varied Tea Flavours In Munnar
  • Go Bird Watching In Kumarakom
  • Swim In The Arabian Sea At Varkala Beach
  • Take A Jeep Ride Through Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Watch the Martial Art form Kalaripayattu
  • For An Intimate Heritage Experience Explore a Tharavad
  • Try Some Toddy
  • Witness The Making Of An Arabian Dhow At Beypore.
  • Stay In A Houseboat In Alleppey.
  • Visit Alappuzha – Go On Shikara Rides, Watch The Snake Boat Race
  • In Wayanad – Stay In A Tree house, Trek to Chembra Peak
  • Go Bamboo Rafting At Periyar Lake

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God’s own country offers a perpetual and heart-rending environment, lucid emerald backwaters, beautiful lagoons and a tale of exotic wildlife.

Kerala is indeed a paradise to visit!

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