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Kerala, popularly known as 'God's Own Country', is sandwiched between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea. Today, the state is among the top 10 tourist hotspots in the world by virtue of its natural splendour.
The beautiful land of Kerala exudes a benign charm. The mighty Western Ghat hills in the West roll down to the golden sun-bathed coasts along the Arabian Sea via undulating verdant woods.
A travel to Kerala would take you to its undulating backwaters gliding through the canals and estuaries. Count on some amazing spectacle as you skim past paddy fields, coir villages, rustic homes and coconut groves.
The golden beaches in an eternal affair with the Arabian Sea would sweep you off your feet; the misty hills in green velvet and the alluring fragrance of the tea and coffee plantation would beckon you to a worldly sojourn as you travel to Kerala. Do not forget to pay a visit to some of the state's national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. You may catch up some rare wild lives in the natural surroundings.
|Location||Southernmost tip of India
Arabian sea at the west
Tamilnadu in the east and south
Indian ocean at the south
Karnataka in the north
|Latitude||Between 8°18' and 12°48' North|
|Longitude||74°52' and 77°22' East|
|Area||38, 863 sq km|
|Climate||Summer - Hot and humid
Winter - Pleasant
|Average Annual Rainfall||3, 055 mm|
|Religion||Hinduism, Christianity, Islam|
|Best Time to Visit||October to March|
|Clothing||Light cotton throughout the year|
A modern and progressive state with a cosmopolitan look, Kerala is accessible quite easily. Well-connected by all major systems of transport, the place is now one of the most sought-after travel destinations in the world. Cochin is the main sea-port opening out into the Arabian Sea. Travelling to Kerala is a wholesome, educative and enriching, rejuvenating and fulfilling experience.
An important tourist destination among Indians and foreigners, Kerala is very well-connected by:
There are three airports in the state, located at Thiruvnanthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode, two of which are International Airports. The Karipur Airport, Kozhikode plays host to domestic airlines, while the Thiruvnanthapuram International Airport and the Cochin Airport, Nedumbassery operate both domestic and international flights.
A very strong commutation network makes Kerala easily accessible from all parts of the country. Kerala is directly connected by road to both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. National Highway no. 47, 17, 49, and an extensive system of metalled roads connect Kerala to the rest of the country. Buses, tourist taxis, and autos are the main modes of road transport here.
There are 200 railway stations in Kerala, connecting places both within and outside Kerala. One can avail super-fast and express trains to reach one's chosen destination. The train services link the state to all the important cities of India including the four metropolitan cities namely, New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai.
The God's Own Country cradles some of the best shopping haunts in India. Shopping in Kerala is also an attraction, if you are planning your vacations here. Indigenous handicrafts prove to be the major crowd pullers. The backpackers crave to stack their rucksacks with collector's items that have the unique insignia of the backwaters. Culture, tradition, mythology and fusion of aesthetics have left an indelible imprint that characterises the wonderful handicrafts of the land of sun and coconuts.
Lovely coconut shell craft, the metal inlaid wood craft, coir products, horn carved products, wood carved products, bamboo mat paintings, metal ware, kathakali masks are some of the coveted hand crafted products that send the cash registers ringing. A trip to their places of production must also be a part of your itinerary. A mind boggling array, a riot of colours, brilliant aesthetics, exquisite embellishments and the handicrafts of Kerala are indeed the true representatives of this vivacious land. Besides the marvellous handicrafts, aromatic spices and vibrant textiles are also things to shop for when you go on a holiday to Kerala.
Kerala is home to all kinds of hotels, resorts and also Ayurvedic spas. Abounding in natural beauty Kerala is known as God's Own Country. It is thronged by tourists both domestic and foreign throughout the year and to carry out the accommodation needs of all the tourists, Kerala has many hotels and resorts. From budget to mid-range to top-end hotels, Kerala has it all. The hotels and resorts in Kerala are equipped with the latest amenities of which cater to all tastes and pockets. Read More ...
One of the main ingredients that makes the cuisines in this state delectable is coconut. The other ingredients that are commonly found in the cuisines are chilies, mustard seed, curry leaf, tamarind and asafetida. Some of the dishes that one should not miss, include Appam, Puttu and Kadala curry, Idiyappam, Dosa, Idli, Karimeen pollichathu, Malabar Parotta, Palada payasam, etc.