Kerala historically known as Keralam, is an Indian state in South India on the Malabar coast. It was formed on 1 November 1956 following the States Reorganisation Act by combining Malayalam-speaking regions. Spread over 38,863 km2 (15,005 sq mi), it is bordered by Karnataka to the north and northeast, Tamil Nadu to the east and south, and the Lakshadweep Sea to the west. With 33,387,677 inhabitants as per the 2011 Census, Kerala is the thirteenth-largest state by population and is divided into 14 districts with the capital being Thiruvananthapuram. Malayalam is the most widely spoken language and is also the official language of the state.
Top tourist destinations in Kerala
From historical to natural attractions, the diversity of Kerala lies not alone in its landscape but also in places of interest. A wildlife lover would opt for the forest of Periyar while the scenic calmness impresses a honeymooner in Kumarakom. Seafood lovers are on a voyage to the interiors of the state from Alappuzha.
Kumarakom: Located in the Kottayam district, Kumarakom is around 14 km from central Kottayam bus stand. The longest stretch of backwaters is from Kottayam to the Vembanad Lake, offering amazing ambience to the tourists. The bird sanctuary here is spread across 14 acres and a natural habitat for migratory birds. At any given time during the peak season, couples who love the houseboat rides and the other day-night boat trips throng the place. There is government of Kerala ferry services as well for a complete expedition of the backwaters. Kumarakom is known also for the posh hotels and luxury resorts located close to the backwaters strip.
Kovalam: Kovalam is another backwater sites full of coconut groves and lovely resorts. Located on the southern tip of the place, Kovalam is a combination of three prominent beaches. A popular destination for foreigners, the place is also the anglers retreat. Fishing activities take place during the early mornings and you see the anglers boats lined up daytime.
Munnar: Munnar is the only hill station of Kerala offering picturesque landscape view to th tourists. Once you visit Munnar, you are stunned by the welcoming climate, blooming flowers on the hillside, and miles of valley slopes. The Devan hills have large tea estates, rubber plantations, forests, and national parks. For a traveler interested in adventurous activities, the mountainous slopes are ideal.
Alleppey: Alleppey is a famed place for backwater tourism and the Nehru Boat Race that takes place annually here. During this time, there are several coming to the state for the entertainment. You have the huge rowing boats and strong men competing for a presigious trophy. From the Alappuzha beach, you can travel to the district to see the other attractions of Kerala like the Krishnapuram Palace a trip of just 47 km. There is also the Mullakkal Rajeswari Temple and the Pathiramanal Island.
Dance Forms of Kerala
Kathakali: Kathakali is one of the world-renowned dance forms of Kerala. Kathakali literally means, "story-play". Kathakali is some 300 years old but its roots go back almost 1500 years. Kathakali draws from almost every type of formalized dance, drama and martial arts. A number of its elements and choreography have been influenced by the 9th century art of Kuttiyattam, the only surviving form of Sanskrit theatre. Despite the inroads of modern theatre, cinema and television, Kathakali, continues to attract enthusiastic audiences in and outside Kerala.
Mohiniattam: Mohiniattam is one of the major classical dance styles of India. Mohiniattam from Kerala is perhaps one of the most graceful dances and totally identifies with the green environment; gentle singing of the palm trees and the calm ocean waters of Kerala. Kerala has always preserved all traditional arts and the people of the state consider it an integral part of everyday life.
|PACKAGE NAME||PACKAGE INCLUSIONS||DURATION|
|Kerala Tour 1||Kerala Tour 1||03 Nights /04 Days|
|Kerala Tour 2||Kerala Tour 2||05 Nights/ 06 Days|
|Kerala Tour 3||Kerala Tour 3||07 Nights /08 days|