Secluded beaches, palm-fringed backwaters, picturesque hill stations, lush tropical forests, spectacular waterfalls... India's most idyllic state, Kerala is truly God's own country.
Located at the southernmost tip of India, Kerala is caressed by the Arabian Sea in the west, while the majestic Western Ghats tower up to 2700m in the east. Nourished by forty-four rivers, of the Bharathapuzha-also known as the Nila-has had a profound impact on the culture and lives of the people here.
Kerala is today one of the most sought-after new age destination in Asia. Apart from being acclaimed as one of the ten paradises of the world, Kerala is also India's most advanced society.
100 % literate, the state has India's highest Physical Quality of Life Index, the highest life expectancy and is India's cleanest and most peaceful State. A land charming in every detail, Kerala has played host to travellers since time immemorial.
Most of India's finest beaches are in Kerala. For virtually its entire 600km length, the Kerala coast is lined with sandy beaches, rocky promontories and coconut palms. Each year greater numbers of visitors arrive here in search of the tranquil, palm-fringed beaches.
The backwaters of Kerala-meandering inland lakes networked by canals stretch to over 900 km. Boat trips across these tranquil stretches are an experience unique to Kerala. Large kettuvalloms (traditional country crafts over 60 ft. in length) have been converted into luxury houseboats for these cruises.
Lying on the windward side of the Western Ghats, Kerala has a long chain of lush, mist-clad hill stations that are home to exotic wildlife. All the hill resorts in Kerala offer the most magical experience of nature in all its virgin beauty.
Nestled in the luxuriant forests of the Western Ghats in Kerala are thirteen wildlife sanctuaries. And skirting these exotic destinations are some of the most delightful trekking trails in the country. All awash in the spice-scented air of endless acres of plantations ranging from cardamom, vanilla and pepper to tea and coffee.
The forests of the Western Ghats are punctuated with large and small waterfalls that roar, gurgle and splash down the mountain side. Almost all these scintillating cascades are the venues for picnics and excursions round the year.
Kerala is the only place in the world where Ayurveda, the ancient form of science and the holistic system of medicine based on nature is practiced to perfection. The state's equable climate, natural abundance of forests and the cool monsoon season are best suited for Ayurveda's curative and restorative programmes.
The festivals of Kerala transcend the level of mere entertainment. They are inherited from an age-old tradition that exudes the essence of the state.
A closer look at the Kerala calendar will reveal that it is a land where festivals never end. Apart from traditional festivals like Onam and Vishu there are a score of temple festivals life the world-renowned Thrissur Pooram.
Blessed as it is by nature and a vibrant people, Kerala also has a rich repertoire of music, dance and arts. Most of these are unique to the land and reflect the lover for life of its people. From the renowned Kathakali, considered to be the complete art form as it synthesizes all that is best in the fields of drama, music and dance to the folk dances which are reflections of the rhythmic impulses of a sensitive people.
Kerala has an impressive array of historic and cultural monuments. In regions like Fort Kochi which was a trade centuries, the architecture is a curious mix of typical Kerala, European, Chinese, Jewish and Arabic styles.
The most prevalent architectural style is the traditional Kerala style- nalukettu or ettukettu (four or eight sided structures with a central courtyard and veranda opening to it). The low sloping roofs and brick walls were designed to match the climatic conditions and terrain of the land.
Kerala is ideal to shop. The state is renowned for its handlooms, gold ornaments, spices etc. The handicrafts of Kerala are known for their uniqueness so style, perfection of from and elegance of design. All of these are available as shops across the state.
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