Kerala is a state situated in the southern tip of India. Kerala is bounded by The Arabian Sea in the west, Tamil Nadu in the east and Karnataka in the north. Kerala is known as ‘God’s Own Country’. It is probably one of the greenest places. It is a green Venice, where the nature rules. Legend has it that Parashuram; the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu threw his axe into the sea. The place where the axe fell gave birth to the state of Kerala. The main festival of Kerala is Onam. Kerala is famous for its spice export from ancient time.
Kerala, with its diverse geographical features and cultures, has a lot to offer to the tourists. Kerala is an ideal blend of beauty, art and history. It is well known for its Backwaters, Beaches, National Parks and Hill Stations. The palm fringed beaches are inseparable parts of Kerala tourist attractions. The beautiful coastal state is a dream holiday destination in India. Today Ayurveda has become a major tourist attraction of Kerala. Some of the beautiful places of the state are:
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): It is the official capital of Kerala, and is situated on the west coast of India. It was the spiritual centre and capital of Travancore. Mahatma Gandhi called this city as ‘Evergreen City of India’. It is known for its mild climate. The main destination to be visited while in Thiruvananthapuram is Kanyakumari, the southernmost point of the country. This city is visited by a number of foreign tourists. The internationally renowned beach, Kovalam is located 15 km south of Trivandrum. It is one of the finest beaches of India.
Munnar: Munnar is located amidst the Western Ghats in Kerala. It was the summer resort for the British Government during their rule. Munnar is located at an altitude of 1600m, at the converging point of three rivers, namely Kundaly, Nallathanni and Muthirappuzha. It is one of the finest hill stations in the south. The prime attractions in Munnar are the Eravikulam National Park and the Anamudi Peak, the highest mountain of Kerala.
Wayanad: Wayanad is a perfect spot for the nature lovers. It lies at an altitude varying from 700-2100 meters above the sea level. This district has the highest number of tribal settlements in Kerala. The popular highlights of Wayanad are Edakkal Caves, Thirunelli Temple, Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary and Pallikunnu Church.
Kumarakon: Kumarakon is a sub-tropical paradise for tourists. It is a cluster of little islands, popular for its Backwater Tourism. Its prime attractions are the Kumarakon Bird Sanctuary and the Vembanad Lake, which is the largest freshwater lake in Kerala. The swaying palm trees, green paddy fields and the water ways present here attract the tourists. There are also a number of resorts present here which offer Ayurvedic massage, yoga and meditation.
Kochi: Also known as Cochin, Kochi is situated in the south-west coast of India in the beautiful south Indian state of Kerala. Kochi became the first European township in India when the Portuguese settled here. It is a busy port city, famous for the Chinese fishing nets in its harbor. Kochi is popularly referred to as “Queen of Arabian Sea”. It is also known as the ‘Gateway to Kerala’. The top tourist locations in Kochi are Fort Kochi beach, St. Francis Church, Marine Drive and Santa Cruz Basilica.
Thekaddy: Thekaddy is famous in Kerala for its wide variety of wildlife. The animals found here include Boars, Deer, Elephants and Macaques. One of the most popular wildlife sanctuaries of the country, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is situated here. Thekaddy is the pride of Kerala and a testimony to nature’s splendor.
Thrissur: Thrissur is one of the most populous cities of Kerala. It was previously known as Trichur. Kerala is truly the hub of cultural activities. It has been of great religious and cultural significance for many centuries. One of the biggest festivals in India, Thrissur Pooram is celebrated in this city.
Kollam: Kollam lies on the shores of Ashtamudi Lake in Kerala. During their reign, Portuguese called this city as Quilon. Kollam is known as the ‘Land of Cashews’. The famous destination in Kollam is the Thankasseri Lighthouse, built by the Portuguese. Another important place is the Mata Amritanandamayi Ashram, a famous shelter for the refugees. The calm and scenic Thirummulavaram and Tangasseri beaches are also worth visiting.