Known as God’s Own Country, Kerala is blessed with some of the best tourist destinations. The land of coconuts, backwaters, elephants and rich cultural & traditional heritage, Kerala has been one of the best sought after places by travellers from all around the world. From the serene beaches to beautiful backwater canals to the glorious rolling hillside tea plantations, Kerala’s landscape is a paradise for nature lover. The natural beauty of the state is as diverse as its people, and the culture here is the major attraction among the tourists.

People, Heritage & Culture in Kerala   
Kerala holds a rich cultural heritage which is reflected in the state’s cuisines, dance and art forms. Kathakali dance form plays an integral role in the festivities of the state. The dance brings out a mélange of colour, music, drama, and facial expressions. Other famous dance forms of the state include Krishnanattom, Mohiniyattom, Thullal, Koodiyattom, Kolkkali, Thiruvathirakali, Kakkarishi Natakom, Oppanna and Chavittunatakom.
The locals of Kerala, often called as Malayalis, are deeply rooted to their cultural heritage, boasting a mix of both Indian and Dravidian culture.

Beaches in Kerala
Famed for its flourishing coconut groves, sunny weather, pristine waters and an ambience to revive your soul, the beaches of Kerala are indeed beautiful. The state is a perfect heaven to spend some time in the lap of nature. Marari Beach, located on the way to Alleppey from Kochi, is a highly popular beach among both locals and travellers. Alleppey Beach is known for its backwaters, houseboats, fishing and coir industry. Those who wish to ditch the crowds can head for the Vizhinjam Beach known for the sights of fishermen busy venturing into the sea at dawn. Kovalam Beach is another famous attraction of Kerala that brings numerous adventure sport activities for the adventure lovers.

Natural Wonders in Kerala
Kerala embraces a charming natural beauty that one needs to see to believe. The Athirappilly Falls is a haven for tired souls. Located on the Chalakudy River, it offers beautiful vistas of nature at its best. Do not miss a chance to explore the Edakkal Caves situated 1,200 meters on top of sea level on Ambukutty Mala. In addition to this, backwaters in Kerala are sure to lure attractions for every human soul. With 38 rivers and 5 big lakes, the state’s backwaters are an ecstasy to experience.

Wildlife in Kerala
The bio-diverse land of Kerala is home to numerous wildlife sanctuaries. The Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary housing 225 species of birds also has an endangered Grizzled Giant Squirrels residing here in good numbers. Eravikulam National Park in the Idukki district is also frequented by tourists due to its beautiful vistas. Bird watchers can head to the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary featuring some beautiful birds, like egret, cormorant, Brahminy kite, waterfowl and heron. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is the perfect pick for those who want to enjoy wildlife sitting amidst the calm nature. The park also offers great opportunity to sail around in a boat while exploring captivating wonders of the nature.

Spirituality in Kerala
The beautiful state of Kerala is famed for its magnificent temples that have stories to narrate. Aranmula, devoted to Lord Krishna, is a highly popular temple of the state that dates back to the time of Mahabharata. Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple is another striking holy site in Kerala known for housing a 100-feet high Dravidian style gopuram. For eying some customs and traditions of the locals, a visit to the Guruvayoor Srikrishna Temple is a must. This hoary ancient temple remains the centre of marriage ceremonies and other auspicious events, and gleams with beautiful lights lit by the devotees.

Shopping in Kerala 
A shopping spree can be planned in various cities like Kochi, Trivandrum, etc. housing some of the best flea markets and shopping malls. The state is known for its gold, and majority of the markets remain flooded with jewellery shops selling delicately made ornaments. Apart from this, the state’s sarees, ivory carvings, pottery, brocade fabrics, Kathakali Mask and earthenware products also remain a hit among travellers. Also, no holiday to Kerala can ever end without buying the exotic local spices. 

Fairs & Festivals in Kerala 
Kerala is known for organising a number of boat races, including Rajiv Gandhi Boat Race, Nehru Trophy Boat Race and Aranmula Vallamkali. These boat races showcase the fervour of the locals towards their festivals and underline their customs and rituals.
Onam, the largest festival of the state, is celebrated for ten days. The rituals during the festival usually include flower decorations, rangoli making, elephant processions, classical and folk music concerts & dance performances, fireworks, etc. In addition to this, travellers can also partake in Vishu (the astrological New Year of Kerala), Thrissur Pooram and Makaravilakku to see a whole new facade of this culturally blessed state.

Food in Kerala 
Rice and cassava (Tapioca) is the staple food of Kerala. The locals love Karimeen pollichathu (Pearl spot fish marinated in local spices). Being a coastal destination, the state is extremely popular for its sea food and thus, Kerala prawn curry is a must try dish. Those with sweet tooth can grab Palada payasam (sweet rice kheer) and Banana fritters to treat their taste buds.

Weather Conditions in Kerala 
Summer Season (from March to May) of the state remains extremely hot and humid.
Monsoon hits Kerala between June and August, and it is perhaps the best time to unveil the real beauty residing here.

How to Reach Kerala 
Thiruvananthapuram airport connects the state with all major Indian metropolises, including Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Mumbai.
Indian Railways is another option to visit this beautiful destination.
Roads in Kerala are extremely beautiful, and road journeys can be enjoyed by taking state buses, cars and tourist taxis.

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