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The state of Kerala, divided into 14 districts has emerged as one of the hottest tourist destination in India over the period of years. This lush green state lies in a narrow strip of land bounded by the Arabian Sea in the west and the Western Ghats on the east and bisected by numerous small streams. A long coastline lined with plenty of clean and beautiful beaches, vast stretches of Backwaters, hill stations full of exotic wild life, sprawling tea plantations, traditional art forms and dances, exotic cuisine and the famous “Ayurvedic” treatments have all made Kerala a dream destination for tourists, both domestic and international. Kerala is often referred to as “Gods Own Country” as the region has preserved much of its natural beauty.
Kerala has the highest literacy rate amongst all the states of India. The people of this state are simple, God-fearing and hospitable. The local language spoken here is Malayalam, but the majority of locals can speak communicable English.
“Ayurvedic” treatments have become very popular among the foreign tourists. This is an ancient form of treatment which uses herbs and leaves having curative properties. These herbs are extracted from the forests which are scattered all over Kerala. Ayurveda believes in not only the treatment of the affected part, but the individual as a whole. It is natural way to rejuvenate yourself thereby eliminating all the toxic elements of the body. The monsoon season is considered the best for such therapy as the atmosphere is dust free and cool enabling the body to open up the pores of the skin so that they respond well to the herbal oils. Since this form of medicine has become extremely popular, many such centres have cropped up. Tourists are advised to take treatment in government approved Ayurveda centres.
Kerala lies between the Lakshadweep sea and the Western Ghats, roughly between north latitudes 8°18' and 12°48' and east longitudes 74°52' and 77°22'. The state has a coastline of about 590 kilometres and geographically, the state can be divided into three climatically distinct regions: the eastern highlands (rugged and cool mountainous terrain), the central midlands (rolling hills), and the western lowlands (coastal plains). The eastern region of Kerala consists of high mountains, gorges and deep-cut valleys immediately west of the Western Ghats' rain shadow. The Western Ghats form a wall of mountains interrupted only near Palakkad, where the Palakkad Gap breaks through to provide access to the rest of India. The Western Ghats rises on average to 1,500 metres above sea level, while the highest peaks reach to more than 2,500 metres. Anamudi, the highest peak in South India, is at an elevation of 2,695 metres. Just west of the mountains lie the midland plains comprising central Kerala, dominated by rolling hills and valleys, ranging between elevations of 250-1,000 metres. Kerala’s western coastal belt is relatively flat, and is criss-crossed by a network of interconnected brackish canals, lakes, estuaries, and rivers known as the Kerala Backwaters. Lake Vembanad, Kerala’s largest body of water, dominates the Backwaters; it lies between Alappuzha and Kochi and is more than 200 km2 big. Around 8% of India's waterways (measured by length) are found in Kerala.
The entire state is so beautiful that you can spend weeks traveling and exploring Kerala. The main sights of tourist interest can be grouped under the following heads:
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Kerala has a rich cultural heritage and numerous traditional dance forms are popular in this region. Some of the more famous traditional dance forms are Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, Thullal and Oppana. The region is also known for the ancient Martial Arts technique. The tourism authorities hold regular shows of these dance forms to entertain the tourists. Besides these some of the other events worth watching are the Snake Boat Race and Elephant Race.
Kerala has a tropical climate and moderate weather conditions exist throughout the year though the summer months (March to May) can be quite hot. Since Kerala is located on the coast and lush green plantations are present all around the temperature are moderated to some extent. It rains heavily in Kerala during monsoon season (June to August) which keeps tourists away during this period. The best time to visit Kerala is during the winter season (November to February) when the temperature is moderate and there is hardly any rain. Temperatures during the day vary from around 28 °C in July and August to 33 °C in March. Nights are in the 23-26 °C range year round. The average annual precipitation is around 3,300mm! From December to March it's mostly dry, but from May to October it pours! Especially June and July with around 800-900mm each month are extremely wet.
Kerala has three international airports to cater the requirements of foreign and domestic tourists:
Taxis can be hired for traveling to the state of Kerala from the neighbouring states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka but it is advisable to travel by train or plane instead as the journey is comfortable, efficient and affordable too.
Interstate buses are available from the neighbouring states but the journey can be tiring and time consuming.
Flights are available between the major cities (Trivandrum, Kochi, Kozhikode) of Kerala, but it is more convenient to cover the same distances by rail/road as the distances involved are not much and it saves the hassle which is associated with air travel.
Excellant train connection is available between most of the major cities of Kerala. With the completion of the Konkan Railway project, journey time has considerably reduced from western part of India to the major cities of Kerala.
Taxis can easily be hired for travelling to the major tourist locations of Kerala. The rates vary depending on the season in which you are visiting but it is better to enquire about the rates from more than one tour operator.
The roads are by and large good in this area and even the interior town and villages are well connected by State Transport Corporation buses. Kerala receives heavy rainfall during the monsoon season which sometimes damages the roads in interior locations. These local buses display the destination station mostly in Malayalam (local language) hence it is advisable to double check the destination station before you board the bus. Fortunately majority of local population can speak some level of English.
Many of the cities of Kerala are located along the famous Backwater Stretch extending from Kollam to Alappuzha and then from Alappuzha to Kochi. It is unique experience to undertake this inter-city travel on a boat passing through the beautiful backwaters. Regular ferry service is available from Kollam to Alappuzha at an affordable rate.
Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) has numerous guesthouses and hotels across Kerala, which are comfortable and well-maintained. Most of the KTDC properties are for the premium segment but numerous other budget hotels and guesthouses are available to suit the needs of travellers of all budget. The peak tourist season in Kerala is from November to February, when the rates shoot up for all activities. However if u enjoy the rains and don’t mind getting drenched you can try visiting Kerala during the monsoon (June to August) when the houseboats and hotels are all available at dirt-cheap rates.
|K.T.C.Guest House & Houseboats||West of K.S.R.T.C. Bus Station Alleppey-11||Guesthouse||-|
|Ezhara Beach House||House No : V11/347 Kuttikkagam P.O,||Apartment||-|
|Cavalryan Homes||VII/401, Neerchal, Ambalavalayal Post Sultan Bathery||Hostel||-|
|Panchavadi Beach Resort||Beachroad Papanasam Verkala||Hotel||-|
|Palmleaves Beach Resort||Puthenthope PO Trivandrum Kerala||Guesthouse||-|
|Bell Mount Resort||N.H. Road||Hotel||-|
|Reds Residency - Homestay||11/372, Beach Road Near Dronacharya Main Gate Fortcochin||Guesthouse||-|
|Rainbow Holiday Home||Old Market Road Kalpetta Wayanad||Guesthouse||-|
|The Haiwa Beach Residency||North cliff Varkala Beach||Hotel||-|
|Kunnola Beach House Kerala||Ezhara Beach Kuttikakkam P.O.||Guesthouse||-|
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