Magnificent waterways, sheltered beaches, rejuvenating Ayurveda, spectacular art forms,colorful festivals, exotic cuisines. Kerala acclaimed as one of the ten paradise of the world, this verdant stretch adorning the southwestern tip of India is a haven for the world-weary traveler. Since the ancient times the nature-rich land of Kerala has played host to travelers and traders from all over the world. And even today, its people live up to their long cherished dictum adithi devo bhavo – our guest is our god.
Asia’s fastest growing hotspot, Kerala is today easily the most acclaimed destination of the millennium. Observing the prominence of Ayurveda and the dedication with which it is practiced here, Germany’s largest selling travel magazine Geo Saison lauded Kerala as ‘the Mecca of the oldest and holistic heath system’ relaxed cruises on the tranquil backwaters of Kerala were highlighted by the New York Times which described Kerala as the place ‘where India flows at a relaxed pace’. The delicious cuisines of Kerala is world famous and had the Travel and Leisure acclaiming Kerala’s as ‘one of the best breakfast in the world’. And enthralled by the unmatched beauty of this green paradise , former Beatle, Sir Paul McCartney refereed to the land as ‘Truely God’s Own Country’.
With travel becoming more about experimential holidays, the holistic land of God’ Own Country has proved to be an ideal choice for the alert independent traveler. Eco- friendly resorts and hotels vie with each other in providing accommodation options in tents, tree houses and houseboats to give an authentic experience of the region.
Kerala is one of the beautiful and most romantic honeymoon destination in India and is famous for its backwaters, tall palm trees and its serene beauty. Hills of Munnar, Alleppey Beach, Kovalam in South Kerala, forests of Thekkady and Silent Valley, beaches of Kovalam and Varkala, backwaters of Kumarakom & Kuttanad are some of the most popular honeymoon destinations in Kerala.
Encompassed with Arabian Sea westward with 580 Km long coastline Kerala have numerous beaches dotted with golden or silver sand and palm grooves swaying alongside the beach.Some of the famous beaches of India and around are located in Kerala. Kerala Beaches attracts many tourist all round the year. Kovalam Beach is the most famous beach of Kerala , Other popularly beaches in Kerala are Alappuzha Beach, Nattika beach, Vadanappilly beach, Cherai Beach, Kappad beach, Marari beach, Fort Kochi beach, Payyambalam Beach and Varkala beach. The Muzhappilangad Beach is the only drive-in beach in India located in Kannur district of Kerala.
Kerala consists of land encroached upon by the Western Ghats from eastern side. Hills station in Kerala are scenic and beautiful covered with dense forests and tea and coffee plantations. Kerala comprises of some of the best and most beautiful hill stations of India. Some of the popular Kerala hill stations in the region are Munnar,Vagamon,Wayanad, Nelliyampathi, Peermade and Ponmudi.
Kerala state of India has a rich history from ancient time. Kerala was an important trading centers to many countries in ancient times.The Portuguese were the first to discover a direct sea route between Lisbon and Kozhikode in Kerala, and this marked the beginning of European colonization in the country. There are various forts in Kerala embarked by various rulers and foreigners who came to India in previous times. These forts are the beautiful blend of various style of architecture in various platforms. Some of the famous forts in Kerala are Palghat Fort, Bekal Fort, Fort Kochi, Pallippuram Fort, Mattancherry Palace, St. Angelo’s Fort and many more. These forts depict a fusion of traditional Kerala and various foreign styles of architecture.
Kerala is a land of different religions where all religions blend in peace. Kerala have various pilgrimage places of all religions and some of the important pilgrimage destination of the country. Mosques, Churches, Temples and synagogues can be seen here. All these pilgrimage places are of historical time which depicts the beautiful and remarkable art and architecture of that time.
Kerala is richly blessed with nature, it consists of wet evergreen rainforests at lower elevations and highland deciduous and semi-evergreen forests in the east . It has abundant species of both Flora and Fauna. Kerala has various National parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries for protection of its wildlife. Lake Sasthamkotta and the Vembanad-Kol wetlands are noted as being wetlands of international importance.Asian Elephant, Bengal Tigers, Leopard, Nilgiri Tahr, Grizzled Giant Squirrels, Lion-tailed Macaque,Indian Sloth Bear , king cobra, viper, python,Oriental Bay Owl,Great Hornbill,Indian Grey Hornbill and many other notable wildlife can be spotted here.
Backwater of Kerala are known all around the world. Alleppey is known as the "Venice of East". Backwater tourism is centered mostly around Alappuzha, Kollam and Kumarakom. Boat races in Kerala held during festival seasons are also a major tourist attraction in the backwater regions. Some of the places known for backwaters in Kerala are Kuttanad, Kollam, Kumarakom, Kochi and many more.
Kerala is surrounded by western ghats that are grilled with several small and big beautiful waterfalls. These waterfalls thunders in the dense and evergreen forests of Kerala. Kerala is home to some of the beautiful waterfalls of India. Cascading from height these waterfalls gives captivating view amidst the nature. Some of the famous waterfalls of Kerala are Adyanpara Falls, Aripara Falls, Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls, Athirappalli and Vazhachal Falls, Charpa fall, Thusharagiri Waterfall, Siruvani Waterfalls and many other waterfalls.