Kerala

Capital
Thiruvanathapuram (Trivandrum)
Population
29 011 237
Area
38 863 km²
Languages
Malyalam and English

Time to visit
October - March
Climate (°C)
February - May: 24 - 33
June - September: 22 - 28
October - January: 22 - 32


Some areas of Kerala was hit by the tsunami. Apparently it was not hit as hard as many other places, but please keep up to date on news about the situation in this area before attemping to travel here.

About

"God's own country". Kerala is one of the smallest states in the Republic of India and a land of great natural beauty. The modern Kerala was formed in 1956 when India was reformed into states on linguistic basis.

The green land, is a narrow, fertile strip on the south-west coast of india, wedged between the Lakshadweep Sea and the Western Ghats.

The main attractions in this state are beaches, backwaters, hill stations, tropical forests, waterfalls, wildlife, Ayurvedic health centres, yoga and meditation, monuments, art forms like Kathakali and Kalarippayattu, festivals like Onam, Pooram and fairs like the Christian Perunals. Kerala is 100 % literate and the cleanest state in India. It has India's highest highest life expectancy and the lowest infant mortality rate.

How Kerala was created from the sea: The legend is that Parasurama received it as a gift from the sea. He had wanted it for donating to Brahmins for dissolution of his sins in killing all Kshatriya kings, one of whom had murdered his father, the sage, Jamadagni. Parasurama, the legend says, threw his weapon, an axe, and asked the sea to withdraw up to the point where it fell. Legend apart, there is irrefutable evidence that long ago the land strip was under Arabian sea.

How to get here

Air
Trivandrum and Cochin has airports.

Rail & bus
Well connected by rail and bus.

Places to visit

Backwaters - Ayurveda - Munnar - Houseboats - Alleppey - Cochin

.: Backwaters
The backwaters are an attractive and economically valuable feature of Kerala. These include lakes and ocean in lets which stretch irregularly along the lengthy coastline of Kerala. The biggest among these Backwaters is the Vembanad Lake, with an area of 200 sq km, which opens out into the Arabian Sea at Cochin Port.

"God's own country"

.: Ayurveda
Kerala's climate, natural abundance of forests with a wealth of herbs and medicinal plants)and the cool monsoon season (june-november) are best suited for ayurveda's curative packages. In fact, kerala is the only state in india which practises this system of medicine with absolute dedication.

.: Munnar
It is called the Nature-Lovers's Paradise. Moonu in tamil means "three" and aar "river". It is a major center of Kerala's tea industry. Anaimudi (2694 m), the highest peak in the southern India, is nearby. Munnar is a hill station situated at an altitude of 1600 m above sea level. It is surrounded by 30 tea gardens and forest that is still rich in wildlife. The hills surrounding Munnar are home for one of the world's rarest mountain goats, Nilgiri tahr. The tropical forests are inhabited by elephants, tigers, deer and gaur bison. The majority of residents speak Tamil, but English is also commonly used. If one seek a sense of peace, it's here in Munnar.

.: Houseboat (Kettuvallam)
Kettuvallam is a country boat that was used in the early days for the transport of goods from the isolated interior villages to the towns. Now these Kettuvalloms are a major tourist attraction. A ride on a Kettuvallom is a fabulouse way to explore the fascinating beauty of the backwaters. A houseboat is about 60 to 70 feet in length and has a width of around 13 feet in the middle. The materials that go into the making are all local and eco friendly; bamboo poles, coconut fibre, ropes, bamboo mats.

.: Alleppey
Alleppey is one of the most important tourist centers in the state, with a large network of inland canals earning it the title "Venice of the east". These large network of canals provide Alleppey its lifeline. Alleppey is the ideal starting base for backwater trips as well as for visits to the lovely church filled town of Kottayam.

.: Cochin
Known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea on the west coast of India, Cochin is a cluster of islands on the magnificent emerald lakes which in turn open to the sea, making the city one of the finest natural harbors in the world. Due to its advantageous location, Cochin has experience the affluence from the seaborne trade, and at the same time enjoyed various cultural influences brought in by different traders and visitors since the ancient times. While visiting the city, you can see ancient palaces, old Portuguese churches as well as Jew synagogue, indicating diverse cultural heritages left to the city.

Cochin is known for its extensively backwaters lined with palm trees and local villages which represent the fascinating lifestyle of inhabitants whostill used these courseways as their mode of transportation.



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