Kerala

 

Wedged between the Western Ghats on the East and the Arabian Sea on the West, the narrow strip of land known as Kerala is a destination of a lifetime.

The timeless beauty of the palm fringed beaches of Kovalam and Varkala, the majesty of the undulating hills of Munnar and Vagamon, the serenity of the pristine backwaters of Kumarakom & Kuttanad and the enchanting woods and forests of Thekkady and Silent Valley will have you bowled over.

That such a small terrain can hold diverse geographical features and cultures is a wonder in itself.

Any mention about Kerala, conjures in one's mind, an image of pristine backwaters, palm fringed beaches, tranquil villages and greenery in profusion. God has generously bestowed this land with the bounties of nature and so it only seems natural when Kerala is referred to, as God's own country.

A much sought-after destination for tourists in India and abroad, Kerala is named as one of the 'Ten Paradises of the World' and 'Fifty Places of a Lifetime' by the National Geographic Traveler Magazine. The alluring serenity of this place leaves every tourist spell bound, making them come back year after year.

Be it the sun-kissed beaches or the misty hill stations; the rhythmic backwaters or the forestlands rich with all varieties of flora and fauna; pilgrim centres or historic monuments; Kerala has everything you might travel far and wide to see. Just one visit and you will know why Kerala has the lovely epithets attached to it.

Main Tourist Attractions in Kerala

The Bedazzling Beaches of Kerala

 


Travel to Beaches of Kerala in order to explore the traditions and culture of the people living alongside the coastline. Although Kerala beaches to take up a backseat because of the backwater cruises and the Ayurveda holidays, yet it is recommended that if you are in Kerala and you must pay a visit to the sensuous beaches of Kerala. Plan you tour to Kerala beaches now! and discover the "undiscovered beach hideaways" of Kerala.

Periyar National Park

 


The Periyar wildlife sanctuary a perfect tourist spots for wildlife enthusiasts. Periyar is renowned wildlife sanctuary in India. Travel to Periyar and have a time of your life in a park that is a haven to a number of wild and feathered species. Also known as Thekkady Wildlife Sanctuary, it provides a perfect atmosphere for watching wild animals in their natural habitat. Spanning over an area of 777 sq. km, the sanctuary occupies a good space on the Cardamom hills of Western Ghats. Travel on the splendid artificial lake within the sanctuary to experience the exciting wildlife of the Periyar wildlife sanctuary. The forest here slopes into the periyar lake, which serves as the waterhole for the animals where they can be spotted taking a dip or drinking the water. Boat services are available to take the visitor around the lake.

Elephant, Guar, Sambhars and Tigers are the major attraction of the sanctaury.. A variety of other wild species including Bison, Spotted Deer, Leopards, Malabar Flyings Squirrels, Stripe necked Mongooses and countless others can also be spotted around the Periyar lake. There are over 260 species of birds here, including Nilgiri Wood Pigeons, Blue-Winged Parakeets, White Bellied Tree Pies, Laughing Thrushes and Fly Catchers.

The Blue Water Adorning the City

 


Backwaters of Kerala
is one of the most fascinating tourist attractions of Kerala as well as of India. It is believed the large part of Kerala lives along these backwaters. They snake over the state physique, bestowing paddy fields with good harvests, and provide the whole village with drinking water and other facilities.

The backwaters refer to the large inland lakes of Kerala. Today these backwaters play an indispensable part in the lives of Keralites as these water ways act as the transport of people and produce.

Backwater is a body of stagnant water connected to a river. The backwaters of Kerala- meandering inland lakes networked by canals - stretch to over 1900km. Boat across these tranquil stretches are an experience unique to Kerala. Large Kettuvalloms (traditional country crafts over 60ft. in length) have been converted into luxury houseboats for these cruises. Local Malayali people call it Kayals.

Kerala Festivals

 


The festivals of Kerala are vivacious and packed with centuries of unbroken tradition and culture. They are spectacular, endearing, colourful, mystical, miraculous display of fireworks, processions of gold bedecked elephants etc. You'll have to keep coming back for a lifetime to really witness this myriad range of experiences

Other attractions

  • Alappuzha
  • Bekal
  • Fort Kochi
  • Kovalam
  • Kumarakom
  • Munnar
  • Thekkady
  • Varkala
  • Wayanad
  • Muzhappilangad

How to reach

By Airways

There are three airports in the state located at Thiruvnanthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode to of which are International Airports. The Karipur Airport, Kozhikode plays host to domestic airlines while the Thiruvnanthapuram International Airport and the Cochin Airport, Nedumbasherry operate both domestic and international flights.

By Railway

There are 200 railway stations in Kerala connecting places both within and outside Kerala. One can avail of Super-Fast, and express trains to reach ones 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

Public ferry services, speed-boats and even houseboats or 'ketuvallams' are other popular modes of transport in the vast network of waterways especially in the Backwaters of Kerala.

By Road

 A very strong communication 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.

 

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