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KERALA - The God’s Own Country.

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  • Kerala is considered as one of the most beautiful parts of India and one of the must go destinations in the World. Kerala also known as God’s Own Country with its heavenly greenery, hill stations, beaches and backwaters. One of the perfect places for tourism, holidays, honeymoon etc. Kerala is warm and aromatic. With great views and idyllic climate, Kerala is an amazing experience of a life time. The people in Kerala are extremely laid back and very friendly. Kerala is India’s most advanced society and has the highest literacy rate among the other states of India.
  • Kerala is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world for Indians as well as foreigners. Kerala was just an unknown destination till 1980’s. Later the foundation laid by the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation transformed the state into the best holiday destinations in India. Kerala is also known for its ecotourism activities and is the first state in India to make tourism, an industry. Tourism industry is the major contributor to the state’s economy.
  • Kerala is named as one of the “ten paradises of the World” & “50 must see destinations of a lifetime” by the National Geographic Traveler Magazine.
  • Kerala is popular for its backwaters, hill stations, beaches, wildlife sanctuaries, national parks and heritage tourism. Among the domestic and international tourists in Kerala, Kochi ranks first. Other popular tourist destinations are Alleppey & Kumarakom Backwaters, beaches at Kovalam & Cherai, hill stations in Munnar & Wayanad, national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, heritage sites such as padmanabhapuram palace, Fort Cochin, Mattancherry palace and Muziris.
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  • Cochin:
    Cochin, the “Queen of Arabian Sea” is a rather wonderful Indian city. Cochin is one of the finest natural harbours in the World. It is a small city, yet large enough to be a cosmopolitan. Cochin is a combination of both traditional and modern culture and values. One of the oldest churches in India is featured in Cochin, the Church of St Francis, built in 1503 by the Portuguese. The giant Chinese fishing nets, antique masks of the Jew streets, silence of the Jewish synagogue are few attractions of Cochin. Places for visit in Cochin are, Willingdon Island, St. Francis Church, Vallarpadam and Hill Palace.
  • Kerala backwaters:
    Kerala backwaters are a chain of lakes & lagoons linked by canals lying parallel to the Arabian Sea formed by the action of waves and shore currents creating low barrier islands across the mouths of the many rivers. Kerala backwaters are a network of five huge interconnected lakes formed by more than 900km of waterways. A large number of towns & cities are connected along these backwaters and they support the local people to earn a livelihood. Kerala backwaters are an economic means of transport and have been used for centuries for agriculture, fishing and nowadays rice growing too. In earlier times, the backwaters served as the main means of transport for people and goods from one destination to another. But as the technology advanced, the scenario changed and now the Kerala backwaters plays an important role in promoting Kerala tourism.
  • Backwater cruise is a fantastic way to explore the nature. It is cheap, easy to arrange and is an excellent example of self supporting ecosystem. There are many unique species of aquatic life including crabs, frog’s water birds such as kingfishers, darters, and animals such as turtles that live in and alongside the backwaters. The boats used for backwater cruises are known as “Kettuvallams” and are large slow- moving floating structures with high load carrying capacity. Kettuvallams is a part of Kerala’s rich culture and heritage since centuries and was mainly used for transporting men and materials to different destination. The boats or the canoes used for travelling are made of local materials like wood from jack fruit, tied together using coir (coconut fiber) and sealed with fish oil which lasts for up to 65 years. Tourists all over the World visit Kerala to experience the backwater tourism. It is a unique lifetime experience especially for those who are in love with nature. There are many backwater destinations in the state like Alleppey, kuttanad, Kumarakom, Trivandrum, Kollam, Vaikom, Poothotta, Kochi and Kozhikode.
  • Kumarakom is a scenic backwater destination and one of the most fascinating places to unwind with Vembanad Lake located in Kottayam district. Vembanad Lake is an amazing picnic spot and a great aqua tourism destination that gives you an opportunity to explore the rich flora and fauna. Kumarakom has a wide range of luxury resorts with options like Ayurveda massage, yoga, meditation, swimming, fishing, boating etc. Alappuzha or Alleppey also known as the “ Venice of the East “ , is famous for its boat races, houseboats, coir products, fish and lakes and is one of the major centers for backwater tourism. Kuttanad located in Alleppey also known as the “rice bowl of Kerala”, is a place where farming is done below sea level and is one of the most beautiful backwater regions in Kerala.
  • Hill Stations:
    Hill stations are high altitude town and Kerala is also the host to some of the most beautiful hill stations in the country. Located in the far off heights of Western Ghats, eastern Kerala has regions that include high mountains, gorges, and deep-cut valleys. The lands are covered by dense forests and other regions lie under tea and coffee plantations or some other forms of cultivation. Hill stations of Kerala are sources of spices such as pepper, cardamom, cashew nut, cinnamon etc. The rich flora and fauna in the Ghats altogether make Kerala hill stations an excellent vacation spot. Popular hill stations in the region include Devikulam, Idukki, Munnar, Nelliyampathi, Peermade, Ponmudi, Vagamon, Wayanad and Kottancheri Hills.
  • Beaches: Kerala has the most varieties of beaches and are spread along the 900km Arabian Sea coastline. Kerala beaches are the ultimate family vacation spots. Some of the famous beaches in Kerala are the Kovalam beach in Trivandrum district, the most popular also known as the lighthouse beach. The crescent shaped Varkala beach which is considered to be very sacred and is believed that one is forgiven from his sin by taking bath in this sea. The new generation Cherai beach in Cochin, one of the most beautiful and unique. Few other beaches are Alappuzha beach, fort Kochi beach, Shangumugham beach, Bekal fort beach, Kozhokode beach, Marari beach etc.
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