Kerala a state in Southern India is known as a tropical paradise of waving palms and wide sandy beaches. It is a narrow strip of coastal territory that slopes down the Western Ghats in a cascade of lush green vegetation, and reaches to the Arabian sea. Kerala borders the states of Tamil Nadu to the east and Karnataka to the north. It is also known for its backwaters, mountains, coconuts, spices and art forms like Kathakali and Mohini Attam. It is the most literate state in India, and a land of diverse religions, where you can find Hindu temples, mosques, churches, and even synagogues. With world class tourist sporting options, ayurvedic spas and treatments, eco-tourism initiatives, a large number of visit options ranging from beautiful high altitude blue mountains to pristine rain forests to golden sun-sand beaches and an enormous range of accommodation, Kerala has much to offer the visitor.
Destinations to visit
Munnar: Munnar is a beautiful hill station and was the summer resort of the British. It is situated at the confluence of three mountain rivers Madupetti, Nallathanni and Periavaru. Munnar is located at 1600 meters above sea level. Munnar place is surrounded by wooded hills of the Annamalai Ranges, with the towering bulk of Anamudi. Munnar is a beautiful hill station, and was the summer resort of the British. Tourists come here to see the vast tea plantations of the area. The town itself is typically Indian with the usual shops, guest houses and is really beautiful and traditional. It is a good place to stay to see the surrounding countryside. It is also a popular place for Indian honeymooners.
Thekkady: Thekkady is enchanting as the road winds through tranquil countryside, rich plantations and thick jungles. The sanctuary, 60 km from Idukki, 190 km from Cochin and 114 km away from Kottayam is open throughout the year, but the best season for a visit is from September to March. The sanctuary is centered around the large (24 sq km) artificial lake formed by a dam across the Periyar river. It is one of the famous holiday destinations in India.
Kovalam: Kovalam is famous for its beaches, among the most pristine in India. Kovalam is extremely popular among westerners due to shallow waters and low tidal waves. It is also one of the oldest tourist enclave in India, which known among tourist circuit right in 1930s. Kovalam shot into limelight in the early seventies with arrivals of the masses of hippies. That started the transformation of a casual fishing village of Kerala into one of the most important tourist destinations in all India- the Kovalam beach.
Alappuzha: It is often called the Venice of the East due to the canals that connect it to Kerala's famous snaking backwaters. Alappuzha formerly known as Alleppey. Alappuzha beach is one of the most popular tourist spots in the district of Alappuzha. In the past centuries, it was one of the busy seaports of Kerala, when ships used to arrive at the seaport to transport commodities like dry ginger, pepper, coir products made with the fibre of coconut husks, copra or the dried kernel of coconuts, etc. This beautiful place is also called the "Venice of the East" and a backwater hub of kerala. A large variety of fishes and other marine products are easily available in Alappuzha. It is also blessed with many beautiful temples, attracting palaces and churches.
Kumarakom: Kumarakom is on man-made land reclaimed from the vast Vembanad Lake. The name Kumarakom was derived from the deity of its oldest temple Kumaran. Kumaran's Akam or place became Kumarakom.Situated in the Kottayam district of Kerala, which is already known for its lush greenery, this exotic backwater village adds more than a sparkle to it. The landscape basically consists of a cluster of island villages in and around the large "Vembanad Kayal" backwater body (which is also, incidentally the largest in Kerala), with a plethora of branched bodies all lined by beautiful, thick, lush and peaceful greenery. A large number of coconut trees line the horizon to add the perfect tropical touch to the landscape.
With the onset of the monsoon rains, some time around June, the little streams and lagoons break their flow beds and irrigate the fertile land to an overwhelming cover of green. Shrubs, grass and bushes cover every available inch of land to provide a fantastic treat to the eyes with the morning dew and surface mist on the water bodies, spotted in colors with blooms of algae and lillies.
Adventure sports: Trekking, Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking, Mountain Hiking, Paragliding, Canoeing, Catamaran Sailing, Kayaking, Para Sailing, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Wind Surfing