Kerala Tour Packages
Forming a strip of land along the southwest coast of India, Kerala is home to a wide diversity of scenery within its narrow confines.
Kerala Tour Packages-Experiences
Kerala has some of Southern India's finest beaches, the backwaters immediately inland, spice-planted midlands and the tropical forests of the Western Ghats that rise inland parallel to the coast. Its colourful cultural life and welcoming people also add to the charm.
The spices of Kerala attracted traders, invaders and settlers to its harbours and these influences are reflected in the state's many historic buildings.
The temples of Trivandrum, the state capital, are in the Dravida style of the Cholas who conquered Kerala in the 10th and 11th centuries, while its museums and public buildings were designed by British architects.
Many of Kochi's buildings show the influences of the Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial powers, and the town is also home to one of the oldest churches in Sothern India.
The influence of trade with the Arabs can be seen in the Islamic quarters of Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasargod.
Kerala's own distinct identity is bet explored in its Syrian Christian churches, wooden plantation houses and beautifully painted Kerala temples, and Thrissur district, which has holy temples as well as a number of important institutions for the dance dramas of Kerala and the classical music of Sothern India.
For decades, charted flights have landed at Trivandrum because of its proximity to Kovalam, which is now seeing an upmarket renewal with luxury resorts developing along its beaches, as well as further south at Chowara and Poovar.
North of Trivandrum the historic towns of Kollam, Alappuzha and Kottayam offer access to the backwaters, a special attraction of Kerala. These are navigable waterways that pass through a lush green landscape of plantations, villages, fishermen and waterfront markets. For many travellers, a night on board a houseboat, or a sunset boat trip, is a highlight of their stay.
The stretch of coast north of Kochi is less visited than the southern one, but it is now seeing more development, with resorts growing up alone the beaches and backwaters near the great fort of Bekal, the historic city of Calicut and the historic town of Kannur.
Running parallel to the coast, the Western Ghats are richly forested and are also planted with tea, coffee and spices. One of the most popular destinations in these hills is Periyar Lake, where tigers, elephants, sloth bears, wild dogs and other wildlife come to drink.
Munnar, the main hill resort of Kerala, is about 1,500m above sea level amid a dramatic landscape of tea plantations, high peaks, stunningly beautiful lakes and wildlife-rich forests.
In the past, the barrier formed by the Western Ghats protected much of Kerala from Invaders, with the exception of aggressors from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, who entered through the Palakkad Gap. Near the Gap are the rainforests of the Silent Valley and the Anamalai Hills. The hills of the Wayanad district are the setting for attractive waterfalls and wildlife reserve that are contiguous with those of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
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