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Welcome to God’s Own Country: Kerala
Kerala, one of the southernmost states in India is popularly known as “tropical paradise of waving palms and wide sandy beaches”. Better referred to as God’s Own Country, this strip of narrow coastal land slopes across the Western Ghats and extends to the Arabian Sea. With excellent sporting choices, eco tourism opportunities, beautiful rain forests and lovely mountains with lush green vegetation, this is a land worth visiting.
How to Reach Here
By Air - Kerala has three major airports extending international and domestic services worldwide. They are:
- Cochin International Airport: It is the state’s largest Airport with connecting flights to entire Middle East, Maldives, Sri Lanka and South East Asia. You can also avail flights to various destinations in India too.
- Thiruvanathapuram International Airport: With excellent connectivity to all parts of India and abroad, this airport has also Chartered flights from New York, London and Moscow.
- Kozhikode International Airport: Comparatively newer that the other two airports, this airport has limited connectivity except places in India and Middle East.
By Rail - There are excellent rail services to and from and within Kerala. Just logging on to the Indian Railways website will help you find the exact rail service you are looking for in Kerala. Trains are the most commonly utilized means of transportation In Kerala connecting you to all corners in the country and within.
Getting In and Around Kerala
Kerala has excellent connectivity by roads, air and rail.
Air - Air Taxi and helicopter services can be availed between Trivandrum and Cochin, although this turns to be quite an expensive affair.
Rail - You have trains connecting every nook and corner of the state and is quite ideal for long journeys within the state. You can avail of Fast passenger trains, Express Trains, Super fast trains and Rajadhani Trains according to your needs and convenience.
Bus - Kerala boasts of an excellent network of bus services operating in and around the state as well as interstate. There are luxury coaches and even sleeper coaches you can utilize for long distance journeys.
By Car - Roads are beyond doubt the most popular and primary means of transport here. You can either hire a taxi or rent a car to get around Kerala.
Auto rickshaws - Popularly known as autos, they are ideal for travelling a short distance. Just ensure the driver switches on the meter before you begin travelling to avoid unnecessary issues when you alight.
Ferry - With umpteen and extensive water bodies spread out all over the state, a lot of places are also connected by ferry services too. This is true of especially areas of Kuttanad and Alapuzha. This ca be quite an enjoyable journey if you haven’t travelled by ferry so far.
- Eco Tourism Villages: The first state to embrace the idea of eco tourism in the entire Asia, Kerala has quite a number of eco tourism villages worth visiting. Kumbalangi Model Village for Sustainable Tourism, Thenmala Eco Tourist Village, and Akkalum Tourist Village are all model eco tourism villages that you can visit here.
- Historical Attractions: Famous for its historical monuments, you can see a lot of historical monuments here. They include Cherman Perumal Mosque in Kodungallur, Bekal Fort, Hill Palace in Cochin and Palaces at Sree Padmanabhapuram are all worth mention.
- Religious Centers: Kerala is renowned for its religious attractions that include temples, mosques and churches. Guruvayur, Chottanikkara, Churches I Trichur, and Mosques in Mambaram are all famous.
Things to Do
Adventure Sports - The large waterways in Kerala provide ample opportunity for a wide range of water sports. There are also other sporting attractions like mountain biking, oxen racing and tree climbing.
Cruises - Kerala is famous for its back water cruises and all you need to do is rent a house boat for a day.
Festivals - Kerala is a land of a variety of festivals namely Onam, Thrissur Pooram, Vishu and Thriuvathira and Nehru Trophy Vallam Kali. Visiting Kerala at particular times of the year when these festivals occur is sure to be a treat for the eye and a wonderful spread of authentic Kerala Cuisine.
Shopping - There are umpteen shops that offer you a wonderful spread of items at reasonable prices if you are interested in shopping. Be it oils and spices, souvenirs, fabric or paintings and murals, Kerala has an excellent collection that makes itself proud.
Where to Stay
As Tourism is an excellent source of revenue for the state, Kerala offers you a wide range of accommodation choices to suit every budget. All the important cities in the state provide you with a wonderful choice of hotels right from five star hotels to basic accommodation facilities that make it very easy for you to take your pick. There are lovely hotels facing the beach and located in the picturesque mountain ranges and banks of rivers and kayals that are a real pleasure to stay in if you are one for scenic beauty.
Kerala also has excellent facilities for home stay accommodation too. Home Away offers a wide plethora of home stay accommodation that you can choose from according to what exactly your needs are. There are lovely sea facing villas in Kannur, Trivandrum and beautiful cottages in Krishnagiri, Alleppey and lovely apartments that are budget friendly in all major cities of Kerala. Most of these accommodation facilities offer you an authentic taste of Kerala culture and cuisine too.
Kerala Cuisine has a distinct taste and flavor compared to any other part of India. Non veg dishes are very popular and rice is the staple food here. You get lip smacking sea food prepared perfectly with the right amount of spices in almost every haunt in Kerala. Sadhya is one full veg meal that you must not miss when you visit Kerala. This is an experience that you should try out. Breakfast also provides a wide choice of authentic Kerala dishes like Appam, Stew, Idiyappam, Puttu and Dosas that are a real treat.
Although crime rate in Kerala is much less compared to other states in India, there are pick pockets in crowded areas and buses. So take care not to carry too much money or valuables while travelling around the city.