Kerala is counted as one of the beautiful states of India. It is called God’s own country. According to the Hindu Mythology, Lord Parsurama who was an Avatar of Vishnu once threw his axe from Kanyakumari towards the north and thus a land arose from the ocean which is now known as Kerala. This story literally makes Kerala “God’s own country”. It is so called because of its lush greenery and breath-taking sceneries.
Here I am trying to cover most of the things which you may or may not know about Kerala. If we talk about the overall scenery of Kerala is gifted with the some of the best flora and fauna. It is a land with diverse landscapes. The serene beaches especially the Kovalam beach, dense forests of Nilambur and Periyar, picturesque Athirappilly Waterfalls, the royal backwaters of Allepey and the beautiful tea plantation of Munnar make this place gods too must love to reside. The natural habitat of the state makes it a haven for different animal and bird species. The landscape of Kerala encompasses highland deciduous, evergreen forests and partially evergreen forests in different parts of the state.
If you are planning to go for a trip, Kerala is among the best. For the short Trip as well as long trip you can plan accordingly. And more over it is a place where every person of each age group can enjoy. If you are a spiritual person it is for you. If you enjoy the scenery it is for you and if you are looking for an Ayurvedic treatment ,you will find the most experienced professionals.
Here I will tell you some of the best places to visit in Kerela like :
- Alleppey: esteemed as the ‘Backwater Capital of India’ or the ‘Venice of the East’, Alleppey is known for its silent backwaters and bountiful beauty
- Wayanad & Munnar: It is hill station
- Cochin: called the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’
- Kovalam: Kovalam is the home to some of the most picturesque and playful beaches in the country.
- Tekkady: The ‘Spice Capital of Kerala’, Thekkady is much popular as the natural abode to numerous exotic wildlife species.
- Vagamon: It is a hill station
- KozhiKode: Dotted with an array of historical landmarks, tourist spots and attractions, this wonderful city is also a lively reminiscent of the Dutch and British eras in India
- Astamudi: in this pictorial city, you can witness cashew processing, coir manufacturing plans, traditional fishing, and lot more
- Kavvyi Backwaters: in this pictorial city, you can witness cashew processing, coir manufacturing plans, traditional fishing, and lot more.
- Mallapuram : in this pictorial city, you can witness cashew processing, coir manufacturing plans, traditional fishing, and lot more.
- Marari: Marari Beach rated among the top five ‘Hammock Beaches’ by National Geographic, this virgin beach proves to be a wonderful place to laze around, enjoy sun basking, indulge in beach activities, and lot more.
- Nelliampathy: Nelliampathy is fondly called the ‘God’s Own Village’
- Thrissur: Palakkad or the ‘Gateway to Kerala’ is truly a paradise for the nature lovers and admirers and is adored as the ‘Granary of Kerala’.
Kerala is the land of exotic spices. Kerala cuisine is a blend of both vegetarian and non- vegetarian dishes but spiciness and taste assuring that it lingers long in your mind. Some foods are so common that even it is available as a fast food in other states like Dosa, Idli, Uttapam, Payasam, Sambhar etc. but if you are searching the authentic food of Keralites it is Puttu and Kadala Curry, Idiyappam and lot more.
Men wears lungi with Kara. Mundum-neriyathum is used more often by women.
Onam is the biggest festival in Kerala. It is the Festival of Kerala with State holidays for 4 days starting from Onam Eve (Uthradom) to the 4th Onam Day. It is also one of the most secular festivals. There are other festivals too which you can enjoy if you are present at that time.
Kerala is also known for his highest literacy rate in India. In Kerala, women are also more educated than the rest part of the India.
Several ancient ritualised arts are Keralite in origin. These include kalaripayattu—kalari
(“place”, “threshing floor”, or “battlefield”) and payattu (“exercise” or “practice”). Among the world’s oldest martial arts, oral tradition attributes kalaripayattu’s emergence to Parasurama. Other ritual arts include theyyam and poorakkali.
Originated over 500 years ago, Kathakali is a spectacular classical dance form of Kerala. It is a combination of drama, dance, music, and ritual. Kathakali is one of the oldest theatre forms in the world. The word ‘Katha’ in Malayalam means Story and ‘kali’ means Play. Kerala is home to several performance arts. These include five classical dance forms: Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, Koodiyattom, Thullal and Krishnanattam, which originated and developed in the temple theatres during the classical period under the patronage of royal houses.
State language is Malayalam but people speak other language too like English. The state has the highest media exposure in India with newspapers publishing in nine languages, mainly English and Malayalam. Kerala has four international Airport.
- Trivandrum International Airport
- Cochin International Airport
- Calicut International Airport
- Kannur International Airport
Cochin International Airport is the busiest in the state and the seventh busiest in the country. It is also the first airport in the world to be fully powered by solar energy and has won the coveted Champion of the Earth award, the highest environmental honour instituted by the United Nations.
Cochin International Airport is also the first Indian airport to be incorporated as a public limited company, it was funded by nearly 10,000 non-resident Indians from 30 countries. Kerala is one of the first states in India to form a welfare policy for the transgender community.
It is not the end. Few times I also visited that place. I have seen and feel the traditional beauty of that state. People are immensely helpful. Even though they do not know your language they try to communicate with you in sign language. You will feel safe in night also. The people live a quite simple life, no show-off nothing. In addition to the natural beauty there are man-made beauty too. It is the people who is living over there who is maintaining both the beauty.
The government rules are strictly followed by the people. Roads are clean what else you need the first things when you landed on the soil of Kerala.