A temptation arises when the unfathomable waves of the sea touch your feet and you feel like embracing the entire sea, your head bows in the praise of the Almighty for blessing the earth with such wonderful beauty. Drunk on the beauty of nature you experience boundless joy of life in that single moment. Everything outside that moment loses its importance? and you feel like an enlightened soul.Such is the charm of Kerala – the God's own country.
Thinking about a rejuvenating holiday! Kerala is the best bet. It is one of the 28 states of India where nature can be seen at its best. It is located on the tropical Malabar Coast of south western India. Its west side is occupied by beautiful Indian Ocean islands of Lakshadweep and the Maldives. The primary language of the state is Malyalam. Other languages including English are also spoken here. The arresting beaches of Kerala flanked by coconut and palm tress provide the tourists an opportunity to explore the beauty of nature. Snake Boat Races are a major attraction of Kerala. They are held during the festival of Onam.
The legend goes that Kerala arose from the sea when Parasurama, an avatar(incarnation) of Mahavishnu threw his axe in it. The archaeological study has shown that the region was inhabited even during the Neolithic times. Kerala witnessed the rule of several kings. The first kingdom of the state belonged to the ancient Cherans. Pallavas, Chola and Pandya were the other kingdoms which were formed later. Initially Keralite used to speak Tamil but Malayalam started developing in the 8th century. Kerala also saw the rule of the British.
Kerala has a wet and maritime tropical climate and around 120-140 days per year are dedicated to rainfall. Twenty seven percent of the total area of the state is covered with forest inhabiting a wide variety of wildlife. These forests produces several medicinal herbs which are used in Ayurvedic treatments.
The cuisine of Kerala is healthy and tasty. some of the food items are fish, dosa,idly rice, sanbhar,coconut, local vegetables, coconut milk, coconut oil, chilli and mustard seeds. The people of Kerala serve meals on banana leaf with great hospitality.
The rich heritage of Kerala can be seen in its dance and music forms which developed over the centuries. Kathakali and Mohiniattam are the famous dances of Kerala which require a great deal of flexibility in body. Breaking the monotony of the life of the people, the festivals of Kerala infuses liveliness and joy in their lives. Onam is the most celebrated festival here. It continues for a period of ten days and is celebrated in the honour of a mythological King Mahabali. Other festivals are Thiruvathira, Christmas, Vishnu and Thrissur Pooram.
The mention of Kerala is incomplete without talking about the blissful Ayurvedic massage. Ayurveda is a system of medicine developed around 600 BC and Kerala is the only state of India which has unflinching faith and dedication towards this system. Used not only for curing diseases but also for keeping the body and mind fit, the Ayurveda is practised. It involves the use of herbal oils which are high on purity. Healthcare system of Kerala is in international limelight. UNICEF and WHO conferred the title of the 'World's first baby friendly state' on Kerala.
Popular places of tourist's? interest in Kerala are the hill stations of Munnar, Wayanad, Ponmudi and Nelliampati; the beaches at Cherai, Poovar and Kovalam; wildlife at Periyar and Eravikulam National park; backwaters at Kumarakon, Punnamada and Alleppey and the temples: Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Mannaarshala near Trivandrum, Sree Krishna Temple at Guruvayur and the? Vadakkunnathar Temple at Thrissur.
Shopping can be a great fun in Kerala. The state has a variety of handicrafts to offer to its tourists, such as idols of metal, jewellery, lamps, silk saris, flower vases, sandalwood items, wooden objects and Kathakali dolls. Kochi and Trivandrum are the popular shopping destinations of Kerala.
How To Reach?
By Air: Kerala has one international and two domestic airports namely Thruvananthapuram? (international) and the domestic Kochi and Kozhikode airports connecting the state with several countries and main cities of India.
By Rail: Connecting not only the different parts of the state with each other, the railway of Kerala well connects it to the main cities of the country.
By Road: The roads of Kerala are in good condition and your journey within the state will be hassle free.
Come with us to have a memorable and pleasurable holidays in Kerala. Explore the enchanting palm fringed backwaters, sun-kissed beaches, exotic wildlife, holistic Ayurvedic massage, arresting waterfalls,cool hill ranges, colorful festivals, mouth-watering cuisine and the beautiful temples.