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Kerala: God’s Own Country

Kerala, also known as “God’s Own Country,” is a state located on the southwestern coast of India. With its serene backwaters, lush greenery, and beautiful beaches,

Kerala is a popular tourist destination and has been ranked as one of the top travel destinations in the world.

Geographically, Kerala is a narrow strip of land, stretching along the Arabian Sea. The state is bordered by the Western Ghats on the east, which provides a scenic backdrop to the landscape.

The Western Ghats are also home to a number of wildlife reserves, including the Periyar National Park, which is home to tigers, elephants, and many other animals.

One of the most popular attractions in Kerala is the backwaters. The backwaters are a network of interconnected canals, lagoons, and lakes that run parallel to the Arabian Sea coast.

Alleppey (Alappuzha)

Known as the ‘Venice of the East’, Alleppey is famous for its backwaters, houseboats, and serene beauty.

These backwaters are a lifeline for the local people, who use them for transportation, fishing, and agriculture. Visitors to Kerala can enjoy a leisurely boat ride along the backwaters, taking in the beautiful scenery and watching the local fishermen at work.

Trivandrum

The state is also home to several historic sites and cultural attractions.

Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Thiruvananthapuram is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is one of the richest temples in the world. With a treasure trove worth billions of dollars.

Munnar

Famous for the tea estates, greenery, winding roads, blanket of mist, and viewpoints, Munnar is a hill station in Kerala, located in the Idukki district.

Lying in the Western Ghats at 1600 metres, it is one of the most sought after and visited travel destinations globally, especially popular amongst honeymooners.

Once the summer resort of the erstwhile British government, the main reason to visit Munnar is to explore the sprawling tea plantations and the exotic flora and fauna.

Kollam

Kollam

Kollam’s latest tourist attraction, the Jatayu Earth’s Center that hosts the world’s largest bird sculpture. Spanning over 65 acres across four hills, this is the State’s first ever BOT (Build-Operate-Transfer) tourism.

The monumental statue of Jatayu resting high up the hill catches your attention even from afar on your way to Chadayamangalam in Kollam district. Jatayu is a legendary bird from the Indian epic Ramayana.

Kovalam

Kovalam

Another major attraction in Kerala is its beautiful beaches. The state has a long coastline, dotted with palm-fringed beaches that offer a perfect getaway for tourists. Kovalam, Varkala, and Cherai are some of the most popular beaches in Kerala.

Kovalam is an internationally renowned beach with three adjacent crescent beaches. It has been a favourite haunt of tourists since the 1930s.

A massive rocky promontory on the beach has created a beautiful bay of calm waters ideal for sea bathing.

The leisure options at this beach are plenty and diverse. Sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programmes and catamaran cruising are some of them.

Wayanad

Wayanad

Adorning the northern hills of Kerala is the beautiful district of Wayanad, maintained by the District Tourism Promotion Council, Wayanad.  

This area is famous for its large amount of camping and trekking trails, breathtaking waterfalls, caves, bird-watching sites, flora, fauna and an overall plethora of magnificent sights. This area has been a tourist favourite over the years.

Kochi

Kochi or Cochin is a unique placein God’s Own Country that is perfectly blended with cultural values and modern ideas! Fondly called the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’, this imposing port-city has always been an attraction point since the beginning of history.

A cosmopolitan city with a rich history, Kochi is famous for its Chinese fishing nets, historic churches and synagogues, and colonial architecture.

A Delight for Foodies

Kerala is also known for its unique cuisine, which is a blend of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes.

The food in Kerala is cooked with coconut oil and flavored with spices such as black pepper, cardamom, and clove. Some of the popular dishes in Kerala include appam, dosa, idli, sambar, and seafood delicacies like prawn curry and fish fry.

The Hub of Ancient Dance Forms

Kerala is also known for its traditional art forms, such as Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, and Theyyam. These art forms are performed in various parts of the state and provide an insight into Kerala’s rich cultural heritage.

How to Reach Kerala?

By Air

Kerala has just become India’s only state with four airports that run both domestic as well as international flights.

They are the Trivandrum, Cochin, Kozhikode and Kannur Airports. This makes flying into Kerala easy and convenient

By Rail

Taking a train to Kerala is an amazing experience, offering scenic views of the stunning coastline and Western Ghats for large parts of the journey.

Connectivity, convenience and cost-effectiveness are other key features of rail travel, especially with the state boasting 200 active stations.

The network is incredible, with trains running from all major Indian cities

By Road

The other option for road entry to Kerala is the bus, with plenty of public as well as private operators offering coaches of varying standards from luxury sleepers to economy seaters. 

By Sea

Being a coastal state, there are ways to reach Kerala by sea. In fact, its famous backwaters are connected all the way to Lakshadweep Islands!

Make unique travel memories by making your way here by sea, with cruise ships from Cochin Port in Kochi or Vizhinjam International Seaport in Thiruvananthapuram.

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