29 011 237
38 863 km²
Malyalam and English
October - March
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.
"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
How to get here
Trivandrum and Cochin has airports.
Rail & bus
Well connected by rail and bus.
Places to visit
Backwaters - Ayurveda - Munnar - Houseboats
- Alleppey - Cochin
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"
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.
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 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
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.