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Kerala Tourism

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Ideal duration: 4 - 15 days

Best Time: September to February Read More

Major Airports: Cochin, Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode

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"God's Own Country"

Kerala, India

Kerala - home to the languid backwaters, long coastlines, sprawling tea gardens, and colourful dance forms, is also famously known as 'God?s Own Country'. Located on the Malabar coast of Southern India, it is a tiny sliver of paradise that is also one of the best tropical tourist destinations one can look for. Whether you want to bask in the sun and sand of the palm tree-lined Kovalam beach or want to take a hike to Munnar hill station, or even if you're going to walk down the bustling streets of Kochi, Kerala has everything on offer to take your pick from!

The land of literate and simple citizens, Kerala amuses you with its spectacular dance forms, music and handicrafts. Considered to be one among the ten paradises of the world, Kerala is known for long palm tree beaches, beautiful rivers, pious inland water bodies and a calm, green atmosphere. Apart from lush green and lovely hills of Wayanad and Idukki, beaches like Kovalam and Varkala and backwater destinations including Alleppey and Kumarakom are among few of the highlights of Kerala. Surrounded by coconut trees, the long coastline provides ample opportunity for fishing. Kerala's backwaters, wildlife sanctuaries, mountain ranges and beaches will give you an ecstatic pleasure, and the serenity is sure to refresh your mind and body.

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What's Great?

Hill station and long beaches within kilometers of each other. Rolling backwaters and amazing amalgamation of cuisine.

What's Not So Great?

Language could become a barrier if you are not a Malayali, though there are a lot of people who can converse in English or Hindi. The summers can be a pain in some parts of Kerala. While the hills would remain cool, the rest would be sweating through and through.

For Whom?

One would think that Kerala is only for families. Young adults can have a fantastic time in God's own country. If one is all about relaxing and enjoying some fresh sea breeze while getting a holistic Ayurveda spa treatment, this could be the destination. If there is an appetite for adventure, there is plenty of room there too.

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Ayurveda in Kerala

Kerala not only promises to rejuvenate your body with Ayurveda but also your soul with the natural beauty that surrounds it. The magic of this old Indian science appeals travellers from all over the world. There are resorts and specialised centres scattered all over the state. You can choose to go to resorts that consider your holistic benefit or Ayurveda centres that only look into your bodily rejuvenation. What is more appealing is the fact that several resorts give this treatment as a bonus for staying at their location, which in our eyes is a bargain.

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Wildlife of Kerala

While humans and wild have resided together for a long time in Kerala, as a member of the concrete jungle, you can also go and see the wild up close in the rainforests of Kerala. With monkeys and elephants in abundance, the rainforests have been evergreen. There are numerously protected and conserved sites in Kerala, thus, the wildlife will not be going anywhere anytime soon. You can ride or walk elephants in the middle of the jungle, bathe them and feed them or just walk around and spot animals like long-tailed Macau or the Indian sloth bear. Kerala has 14 wildlife sanctuaries and two tiger reserves. 

Languages in Kerala

With over three crore population, Kerala has an amalgamation of different languages. Widely popular is Malayalam, the official language of Kerala. Another popular language is English which is taught in all the schools of the state. You would find that many Keralians are bilingual at least. However, apart from the main languages, the land itself is divided into several communities all of whom have been influenced by the several years of spice trade etc. which makes for several dialects and languages.

Geography of Kerala

Though landlocked from all but one side, Kerala is known for its winding canals and rivers, highlands and golden beaches. The state seems small but continues to be one of the unique places in India. The nation's southwest beauty has fourteen wildlife sanctuaries which make up for 2855.5822 sq.kms of the forest. While coastal lands of 4000 sq. km. stretch on the west, they are contrasted by rolling hills of spices and tea.

People Of Kerala


Kerala is one of the safest regions where people believe in simplicity and honesty, are very down to earth and live a simple yet satisfactory life. While the language of Kerala is Malayalam, most people are conversant in English. Kerala is the land of art and culture; the spectacular dance forms like Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, Koodiyattam and the colourful festivals are the soul of the region. White is one of the most preferred colours here, and there is a sense of respect for the culture, religion and tradition of the state. Political discussions are prevalent as people have an inclination towards politics and socialist leanings. Famous as the land of art and culture Kerala celebrates numerous colourful festivals across the year which add to the richness of its culture.

History of Kerala

Kerala was in a sense truly formed in 1956 after the Madras presidency was reorganised. However, it got its name from the first ruler to preside over the region - Keralian Thamboran, though some say the name came from kera which means coconut tree - a widely used plant in the state. Famous for its spices even in the yesteryears, Kerala had become a hub for the spice trade since the Babylonian times, and the fame hasn't left since. Hence, Kerala has had a different influence from - Dutch, French to the British in their culture as well as their food.

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Rohit Shroff 11 months ago
Kerala is no doubt the most beautiful state in India if you are looking for amazing beaches, culture, hill stations and amazing nightlife. Located in the southern part of India, Kerala can be travelled by local transport quite easily as the train and bus connectivity is great. You can also enjoy great festivals and food here in Kerala.
Rohit Shroff 3 months ago
Kerala is just fantastic in the monsoons. The whole state becomes very green and fresh.

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