Kerala Tourism Information
Kerala, the land of the Kera (coconut palm) is an enchanting kaleidoscope of deep rooted cultures, traditions and delightful sensations. This narrow strip of land at the south-western tip of India is about 560km long and just 120km at its widest. It is an exotic blend of nature’s very best – cool, mist shrouded highlands, fertile plains, dense tropical forests, palm-fringed sandy beaches and a complex maze of backwaters. The State is flanked by the high ranges of Western Ghats on the east and Arabian Sea on the west. Thus, the beaches and backwaters, wildlife sanctuaries and hill stations are all locked in close proximity, providing a unique experience to the travellers visiting this land of great beauty.
Kerala also unfolds a vibrant cultural canvas unseen anywhere else in the world. Its rich cultural heritage is very well exhibited in its frenzied tempo of snake boat races, classical dignity of Kathakali, lyrical beauty of Mohiniyattam, the satirical wit of Ottan Thullal, martial skills of Kalaripayattu and the exquisite workmanship of Kerala handicrafts.
The antiquity of the Sate can be traced as early as 5000 to 3000 BC. People have been sailing to Kerala in search of spices, sandalwood and ivory for at least 2000 years. Its coasts were known to the Phoenicians, Romans and later on to the Arabs and Chinese, long before Vasco da Gama came to India. Christianity and Islam were introduced to Kerala much before the rest of India.
Kerala, ‘God’s own country’ is also an epitome of secularism and a masterpiece of unity in diversity. The entire landscape is dotted with temples, churches, mosques and synagogues. This land of valuable cash crops also has the distinction of having highest literacy, life expectancy and lowest infant mortality among Indian States.
Today, Kerala has emerged as major tourist destination and is ranked among the ten paradises of the world by the ‘National Geographic Traveller’.
Alappuzha Tourism Information
Alappuzha is one of the important districts in Kerala. It has a long costal stretch and an intricate and an intricate network of canals and backwaters. It also called us the ‘Venice of the East’. There are beautiful beach resorts, alluring amusement parks and exciting canoes. The ancient palaces bearing the evidence of a grand architecture and the museum with a variety of artefacts add to the greatness of the region. <<Alappuzha Tourism >>
This charming hill station perched at an altitude of 1600m amidst lush undulating hills of Anamalai ranges is one of the most popular tourist destinations of Kerala. It was once the summer capital of the British in South India and still retains an aura of old world elegance. The beautiful landscape is dotted with lakes, reservoirs, lush forests and sprawling tea estates. Pepper, rubber and cardamom plantations lend a distinct aroma to the cool and bracing climate of the hill resort. <<Munnar Tourism >>
Ernakulam and Kochi are the almost inseparable twins, brandish ancient movements, palaces of historical significance and a number of ancient temples. The entire region is gifted with natural landscapes of enormous beauty. The bird sanctuary at Thottakadu is also home to certain wildlife creatures. <<Ernakulam Tourism >>
Guruvayur, the ‘Dwarka of South’ is one of the most important pilgrim centres of Kerala. According to mythological legends, the famous Sree Krishna Swamy temple here is believed to be created by Guru, the preceptor of the Devas and Vayu, the Lord of Winds, who recovered the idol of the presiding deity from a flood that submerged Dwarka. The idol of the Lord Guruvayur is said to have been worshipped by Lord Brahma himself at Dwarka. But, the antiquity of the temple can be traced prior to 16th century. <<Guruvayur Tourism >>
Kottayam, the ‘land of Lakes, Latex and Letters’ is one of the most industrially developed districts of the State and the first fully literate town in the country. The beautiful backwater town on the foot hills of the Western Ghats is an important trading centre for cash crops like rubber, tea, pepper and cardamom. It is also referred as the ‘Mecca of Publishing Industry’, as a number of newspapers, magazines and periodicals in Malayalam and English are published from here. Kottayam is an ideal base to visit tourist centres like Pirmed, Munnar, Idukki, thekkady, Ernakulam and Madurai. <<Kottayam Tourism >>
This charming town on the Malabar Coast was the capital of powerful Zamorins. Its natural beauty and prosperity attracted travellers from all over the world. Chinese were the first to establish commercial contract with Kozhikode. It attained a position of pre-eminence in the trade of pepper and other spices and was referred as India’s emporium international trade. <<Kozhikode Tourism >>
Sabarimala The sacred Abode of Lord Ayyappa
Subarimala is one of the most important pilgrim centres of the State. The holy shrine nestles at an altitude of 914m in the rugged terrains of Western Ghats, surrounded by dense forest teeming with exotic wildlife species. It is regarded as the third richest temple in India and considering the number of days it is open in a year, the shrine is perhaps the richest. The temple stays open from November to mid January in April and during the first five days of each month of the Malayalam calendar. <<Sabarimala Tourism >>