History of Kerala suggests that it was ruled by Chera Dynasty till 1100 A.D. After their decline, the area came under the power of Zamorin Dynasty. They were the most powerful rulers in Malabar region and had trade relations with Chinese and Arabs. The British finally took over the territory in 18th century.
Do not miss to participate in the snake-boat races, temple festivals and flamboyant feasts while exploring Kerala.
Following are the main tourist attractions of Kerala
The long shiny coastlines, glittering water and cheerful sunny morning make Kerala beaches simply inescapable. They occupy mostly the southern part of the state, stretching along 550km of the Arabian Sea. The swaying coconut trees dotted along the coast, add to the beauty of the foaming waves.
Few of the famous Kerala beaches include Alappuzha, Varkala, Bekal, Cherai, Beypore, Chavakkad, Chowwara, Kappil, Kappad, Kolavipalam and Kizhunna
Tour to Kerala Beaches for walks along the long shore, relaxing sunbath, surfing and healing Ayurveda massages. The tranquil beaches also boast of few elegant and luxurious resorts in the country.
Tourists can engage themselves in water sports activities like parasailing, waterskiing, swimming, surfing and water scooter ride. You can also spot architectural monuments embracing these beaches, like the Bekal Beach is famous for its artistic and magnificent Bekal Fort. Even the art lovers can enjoy quality time by watching sand art designs at several beaches.
Colloquially called as ‘Kettuvallam’, they are the most indispensable part of the state’s tourism. They are nature-friendly and built of huge logs of Jack wood or ‘Aanjili’.
The wood is fastened together through coir ropes and a coating of caustic black resin is applied on it. Interestingly, not even a single nail is used to construct the boat. Travellers can take the cruise from famous backwater spots like Kumarakom, Kottayam and Alleppey.
Kerala Backwaters are a mesh of brackish lagoons running parallel to the Malabar Coast. They are a labyrinth of interconnected canals, streams, lakes and rivulets. An enchanting ride from Kollam to Alappuzha on the traditional Kettuvallam brings out the true essence of the Kerala Holiday Packages.
Some of the famous backwater destinations are Kollam, Paravur, Munroe Island, Kasaragod, Kozhikode, Alleppey and Kuttanad. Though, mostly these spots are calm and serene, the view is quite different during Kerala Boat Race festivals. You can spot hundreds of boatmen rowing a wooden barge rhythmically.
Kerala Ayurveda Tour is a much wanted break from the daily monotonous life of the city. It not only relaxes the body but also rejuvenates your soul and mind. Ayurveda comes from two words, 'Ayur' and 'Veda' meaning the ‘science of life.’ Known for their curative powers, these Kerala Ayurveda packages are widely preferred by both local and foreign tourists.
The practise believes in a healthy way of living by preventing diseases. It tries to eliminate the root cause of any ailment. Rich and exotic herbs are used in preparing the concoctions. The Ayurvedic treatment has been proved effective in curing problems like arthritis, digestive disorders, skin ailments and eye-diseases.
Kerala hill-stations present yet another facet of this destination. The rugged and soaring Western Ghats endow the site with several charming hill-stations. These chilly hotspots are apt for summer vacations, nature sightseeing, adrenaline-rushing treks or simply answering the ‘call of the mountains’.
Winding paths, multitudes of flora and fauna, picturesque valleys, scintillating silver streams and the lush-green tea-gardens make the destination irresistible. Munnar, Wayanad, Devikulam, Ponmudi, Nelliyampathy, Vagamon, Peermade and Malampuzha are few popular hill-stations in Kerala.
Kerala is bestowed with spice-scented hills, shimmering backwaters and sun-kissed beaches, together emitting a sense of awe-inspiring charm. Adding to it are the flourishing virgin forests and exotic wildlife creatures! No doubt, nothing teaches the beauty of wildlife like exploring the undiscovered contours of Kerala wildlife destinations.
Cuddled lovingly by the verdant Western Ghats, the wildlife national parks of Kerala are amongst the finest in the world. The incredible variety of flora and fauna find a shelter in a total of 13 wildlife sanctuaries and 5 national parks. These sanctuaries offer tourists with an ample opportunity to explore the wildlife in its natural habitat.
Shopping in Kerala
Give a nice bookend to your trip to Kerala with some shopping. Stuff your travel kitty with great quality of spices, cashews, tea, coffee, coir products, handicrafts and crunchy banana chips. You can also purchase Kasavu Mundu- the traditional handmade cotton sari with a golden border. Kathakali masks and sea-shells are good souvenirs to carry back home.
How to Reach
Air: Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi have the two international airports which connect the state to almost all the major cities in abroad and India.
Rail: Direct trains run from cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai and Bengaluru.
Road: National Highways 17 and 47 connect the state to almost every corner of the country.
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