Kerala "God's Own Country" of Nature

25th March, 2020

Kerala is one of the states of India which is located on the southwestern Malabar coast of India. Thiruvananthapuram is the capital city of Kerala. People from all over the world are attracted by the soothing beauty of Kerala. The various beaches, forests, wild lifes museums, parks, etc make it a magical place to experience the nature's beauty. It is famous for its rich culture and heritage. In Kerala, the Lungi, locally known as Kaili or Kalli Mundu, is worn by men The women of Kerala wear traditional costume called Mundum Neriyathum in which the mundu is the lower garment and neriyathu is the upper one worn over a jacket or a blouse. Another popular and traditional dress for the women folks of Kerala is the Sari.

Popular destinations in Kerala

1. Cochin

Cochin (or Kochi) is popularly known as the Queen of Arabian Sea, the city also flaunts one of the finest natural harbours of the world. Old Kochi which is presently called West Kochi refers to a group of islands that comprise Willingdon Island, Mattancherry, Fort Kochi. Fort Kochi refers to the peninsular portion and Ernakulam refers to the mainland part of the city. Ernakulam is one of the districts in Cochin which is known as the commercial capital of Kerala. The district is famous for its ancient temples, churches, and mosques. The district includes the largest metropolitan region which is Greater Cochin.

2. Munnar

Munnar is a town located in the Western Ghats mountain range in Kerala. It is surrounded by rolling hills consisting of the tea plantations. There is a tea museum located in the Nallathanni Estate which presents the tea production history of the region. Munnar is famous for the Eravikulam National Park which is a habitat for the endangered mountain goat Nilgiri tahr. Wildlife Sanctuary is an ecotourism site that protects various animal species. Fields of blue Neelakurinji flowers bloom on the mountains of Chinnar once every 12 years. Other popular places to visit in Munnar are Lakkam Waterfalls, Mattupetty Dam and Kundala Dam and 2,695m-tall Anamudi Peak, Pothamedu viewpoint, Attukal, and Chinnakanal waterfalls.

3. Alappuzha

Alappuzha which is also known as Alleppey is a city on the Laccadive Sea of Kerala. It is s best known for houseboat cruises which gives you a one-time mesmerizing experience. It is famous for its rustic backwaters, a network of tranquil canals and lagoons. The Mullakkal Temple here features a traditional design. An annual event of snake boat races is conducted in the Punnamadda lake where various people participate and enjoy the event with sportsmanship. One can also visit Alappuzha beach, Marari beach, Vembanad Lake, and Pathiramanal island and enjoy the magical beauty of nature.

4. Thiruvananthapuram

Thiruvananthapuram (or Trivandrum) is known for its British colonial architecture and many art galleries. The Zoo here is the home of Bengal tigers, Asian elephants, and Indian rhinos. It is famous for Kuthira Malika (or Puthen Malika) Palace, adorned with carved horses and displaying collections related to the Travancore royal family. The giant Dravidian-style Padmanabhaswamy Temple is dedicated to Vishnu, with a 7-tier entrance tower (gopuram). Along the coastline are the awesome beaches of Kovalam and Shankumugham.

5. Thekkady

Thekkady is also known as Periyar or Kumily. It is the best place where you can find wildlife sanctuaries that are famous for its dense evergreen, semi-evergreen, moist deciduous forests and savanna grasslands. It is home to herds of elephants, sambar, tigers, gaur, lion-tailed macaques, and Nilgiri langurs.

Popular activities in Kerala

1. Boating

Boating is done at the Periyar Lake in Thekkady where the boat will take you around the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary through the lake. One can see wild animals during this boat ride but need to be very quiet. Mullapperiyar dam can also be seen only during this boating and cannot be accessed by road.

2. Bamboo rafting

Bamboo rafting in the Periyar river can be enjoyed throughout the day, but early mornings or late evenings rafting gives pleasurable experience. This is the time when elephants, deer, and other wildlife animals come to quench their thirst in the Periyar river.

3. Elephant riding

At Carmelagiri's Elephant Park, you can experience elephant rides through the lovely woods and get to know these majestic animals.  In addition to riding the elephants, you can also see the mighty ones taking a dip in the water and having a bath and feed fruits to the elephant

4. Jungle Safari

Jeep Safari takes you through the famous tea estates and waterfalls of Thekkady. You travel past 5 dams, surrounded by beautiful landscapes. Drivin through the roads of the forest and enjoying the glimpses of a variety of unique animals gives you a very different experience.

5. Stay in the houseboats

Staying in the houseboats with your loved ones and enjoying the moonlight gives you a magical experience. Different types of houseboats are available in the Allepey.

Special events in Kerala

Various shows conducted in Kerla which can give you a thrilling experience are :

  1. Kathakali                                       
  2. Martial Arts                                    
  3. Tribal dance                                
  4. Musical fountain                      
  5. Magic show 

Specialities of Kerala

Kerala is a very well known place for the production of spices. Different types of spices are available here at cheaper prices. Mahatma Gandhi Road in Thiruvananthapuram is the main boulevard, lined with art and antique shops, carpet sellers and sari stalls. The most popular items that can be bought by tourists are handicrafts, spices and nuts.

Must try delicacies of Kerala

Kerala is famous for food items such as:

  • Sadhya
  • Puttu – kadala curry
  • Appam – stew
  • Idiyappam – egg curry
  • Dosa – sambar
  • Malabar biriyani
  • Naadan kozhi varuthathu / spicy chicken fry

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