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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

Famously known as 'God's Own Country', Kerala is a state located on the Malabar coast of Southern India. Home to a vast network of brackish lagoons called backwaters, ayurvedic massages, wildlife sanctuaries, sprawling tea gardens, hill-stations, palm tree-lined beaches and colourful dance forms, Kerala has everything on offer to take your pick from!

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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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arpit ThCk 5 months ago
Kerala is beautiful, serene and generally harmonious. Geographically Kerala is heaven of lush greenery which is found in abundance. It's a tourist hot-spot and also one of the top ranked sates in India.
Rohit Shroff 2 years 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.

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What is not so good about Kerala?

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.

How much does a package cost for Kerala?

The packages for Kerala start at INR2986 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

What are the top places to visit in Kerala?

The top things to do in Kerala are Munnar, Alleppey, Wayanad, Thekkady, Varkala, Poovar. You can see all the places to visit in Kerala here

Who should visit Kerala?

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.

What is the best time to visit Kerala?

September to February is the best time to visit Kerala when it is relatively cooler. While summers (March to May) make the state too hot for comfort and the monsoons (June - August) can receiver downpour that can heavier than imagined and is not entirely advisable to all tourists. But for some, it can be a beautiful amalgamation of festivals, scenic views and the much talked about Ayurvedic treatments. 
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What is the local food in Kerala?

With the Romans, Greeks, Dutch, Portuguese and many more invaders making their way to the ports of Kerela, it's no surprise that Kerala's food is so diverse and distinct from the rest of the country. There are differences seen in the taste and styles of north and south Kerala- the menu ranges from lip-smacking Mappila biryani, Sadya and brilliant non-vegetarian dishes, you are sure to find something new every day! Kerala is a paradise for seafood lovers; from an array of prawns, lobsters, rockfish and squid among the others, the place won't disappoint you. The Sadya is a substantial feast served on a banana leaf and consists of 24-28 dishes in a single meal. Onam Sadyas are something you should try if you're in Kerala. Other favourite dishes include Avial, Kozhikodan Halwa, Appam-stew combo, Kappa, Puttu-Meen curry and Paal Payasam. 

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