Kerala is where India slips down into next gear, stops to take the fragrance of the roses and always speaks to strangers. A slip of land from the Arabian Sea to the Western Ghats, its ideal climate flirts with the productive soil, and everything sparkles. An easy-going and booming socialist state, Kerala has an open-minded hospitality that stands out as its most creditable achievement. Latent on low hills in Southern Kerala is the capital Thiruvananthapuram, used as an entry to nearby resorts by many but showing some of its very own attractions and dreadlocked faithful.
Kerala is a land of lagoons and palms, a land of elephants and the land of rich Indian heritage and traditions. People call it Gods Own Country.
Kerala is one such place which offers traveler with sights and exotic views like no other state in this country. One of Kerala’s best places includes the backwaters of the Alappuzha District. Comfortable, ambling vessels, these days even come with air conditioning and promise to provide a memorable experience.
A honeymoon to Kerala would be incomplete without Alleppey Backwaters in the itinerary. From the single bedroom to four and even five bedroom behemoths with living rooms and en-suite bathrooms, you get the lot. And what could be better than that?
Basing yourself in Alleppey is a good way to get a feel of the backwaters. This pleasant city, with its canals, jetties, and remnants of old-fashioned charm, is also useful with ample shops and eating joints. A couple should stay in a lifeboat. Many agencies offer houseboat stays. Most houseboat trips or backwater cruises take you on a standard route. If you want to venture deeper into the narrower canals and remoter villages, you will have to request the boatmen and customise your trip.
Alleppey and Kumarakom are the two best spots where you can book a houseboat or a canoe and enjoy a cruise on the backwaters of Goa. A houseboat ride in Kerala is one of the most unique experiences. It is a perfect place for honeymoon couples. Kerala is also famous for its Ayurveda. The rejuvenating therapies are amazing there.
The beaches of Kerala are very beautiful and crowded. Kovalam beach is one of the most famous ones as it offers a host of water spots. Be it a colorful festival or lip-smacking food, Kerala is the place to be. The land of Kerala has the best of all the natural attractions.
Visit during the monsoon months (June to September) when these gurgling cascades are in full vigor. Elephant March at Thrissur during the months of April to May is also very famous. The Vythiri tree house is a tree house located on trees, is an excellent manifestation of natural attractions and various adventure options. Agriculture in Kerala has passed through many phases. Black pepper, coconut, tea, coffee, vanilla, cashew and spices including cardamom, cinnamon and cinnamon are some of the various specialties of Kerala. The major festival in Kerala is Onam.
The cuisine of Kerala is linked in all its richness to the history, geography and demography and culture of the land. It has a multitude of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes prepared. The famous and one of the most expressive dance forms Kathakali is breathtaking and marvelous. Their costumes, the emotions displayed, the makeup, the dance, the devotion towards God are all hard to digest and leaves a pure message in the heart. Kerala is one such place where people can actually relax and enjoy the serenity of the place. Explore Kerala and its beauty!
Fixed between the Western Ghats on the East & the Arabian Sea on the West, the thin strip of land known as Kerala is a destination of a natural life.
The eternal beauty of the palm-fringed beaches of Kovalam and Varkala, the dignity of the rising and falling hills of Munnar and Vagamon, the quietness of the faultless backwaters of Kuttanad and Kumarakom and the delightful woods & forests of Thekkady and still Valley will make you bowled over. There are a number tourism places in Kerala which one can visit.
That such a diminutive terrain can hold various geographical characteristics and cultures is a marvel in itself.
Famous Kerala tourist places are
Surrounded by the forest of Ponthanpuzha, Alapra is a pictorial village, positioned near Erumeli, Kottayam district of Kerala. The Alapra Thacharikkal Bhagavathi Temple placed amid the forest is the only area in Kottayam district where Padayani, a ritual art is done. Dazzling views, brilliant waterfalls, mystifying caves and muniyaras added to the natural attractions of the scenery.
2. Munnar – The Kashmir of the South
Munnar is no doubt the most attractive tourist place in Kerala. Situated at 1600 m beyond sea level, it was once upon a time the summer resort of the former British Government in South India. The abundant green mountains decorated with tea and coffee plantations are a sight worth to watch. Munnar gives one a divine feeling, with the thick haze nearby you in the middle of the plantations. The nearby mountains present an extravagant vision. There are also some waterfalls and trekking paths for the adventurous travelers. Its sleepy little cottages, bungalows, old playgrounds and courts, Chithirapuram, 10km from Munnar, are still successful in exuding an old world charm.
A lush green garden of tea plants, Anayirankal is an ideal picnic spot for the travelers from around the world. The Anayirankal Dam is enclosed by the tea plantations and evergreen forests. Anayirankal is 22 km from Munnar, the famous hill station of Kerala. A boat ride on the marvelous reservoir is an unforgettable experience.
3. Wayanad – Nature at her most attractive self.
If Munnar represented beauty which is partly man-made, Wayanad shows one how attractive nature can be lacking human meddling. The lofty mountains, the winding lanes and the thick lush forests on both sides render you an airy experience. In the Muthanga wildlife sanctuary at the heart of Kerala, animals like the Indian elephant, bison, spotted deer, are dotted in their natural habitats. Other animals like tiger and leopard are also present.
The Edakkal caves provide you paintings that are some 4000 years old. The tall Bamboo forests are a brilliant picnic Spot. For an adventurer, trekking in Muthanga, Pakshipathalam & Edakkal can be a lifetime worth experience.
Kerala celebrates innumerable festivals across the year. Onam is one of the most important festivals celebrated in Kerala. Onam lasts for four days and celebrated in aug-sep. It is also known as a festival of flowers celebrated on the homecoming of mahabali considered as their predominant king. Onam brings out the ancient and traditional culture of Kerala. The best of Onam is celebrated in Kochi. Onam comprises of activities like their traditional dance kathakali, breathtaking snake boat race which is the most noteworthy event of Onam, it also includes a royal parade which is customary.
The next most celebrated and significant festival is ‘Vishu’ celebrated in April-may. It is the most auspicious day to start something new as this is the day when the sun enters into the tropic of cancer. It is the new year. It is not as popular as one but yet it’s an important day in Kerala. Like Diwali elder gifts their younger, blessings are shared and of course shopping, due to Vishu's legend of getting new on this day.
The next important festival celebrated is Christmas and New Year’s Eve. This is because of a large amount of Christians residing in Kerala. Christmas is celebrated from 23 December to 2 January. The air is filled with enthusiasm and excitement for late night parties and parades. Cochin carnival is the highlight of Christmas in Kerala.