Kerala, the land of Kathakali, Kalaripayattu (the ancient martial art) and the elephants that one can see strolling lazily in the gorgeous hills of Munnar, is aptly described as God's Own Country. Legend has it the great Hindu sage Parashurama (who is believed to be the sixth avatar or incarnation of Lord Vishnu) threw a battle-axe across the sea and re-claimed the land of Kerala. Whether this is a myth or not, but Kerala certainly has a divine uniqueness with its exhilarating colorful festivals, sprawling rice fields, mango, cashewnut trees and coconut palms.
Kerala, the Godís own country, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. The place has been named as one of the "ten paradises of the world" by the National Geographic Traveler. More than one crore tourists, including 7 lakh foreign tourists visit Kerala every year. The city of Kochi ranks first in the total number of international and domestic tourists in Kerala. Foreign tourists visiting Kerala, mainly comprise of, Americans, Germans, Russians
, Israelis, and from other European countries. Kerala is popular for her beaches, backwaters, mountain ranges and wildlife sanctuaries.
With a history of more than 5000 years, Ayurveda is an alternative treatment method with no side effects.
The beauty of Kerala lies in its backwaters that are unique in the entire world. Brimming with natural beauty and economically viable, this uniqueness of Kerala, makes it a heavenly delight for its visitors.
The boat races of Kerala are very famous. Kuttanad, which was once renowned as the rice bowl of Kerala and the upper Kuttanad area, are the most famous boat racing spots.
Kerala is a small state in the southwest corner of India with pristine waters of the Arabian Sea washing its shores and an equable climate that varies from season to season.
Kerala is rich with about 35 different types of tribal people and tribal dances like Elelakkaradi, Paniyarkali and Mankali have managed to withstand the test of the changing times.
Kerala has a number of festivals, mostly related with their religious institutions. A showcase to the traditional lifestyle and performing arts of Kerala.
India has a rich history and Kerala is no exception having a rich treasure of historical forts and palaces that reflects the splendor of the bygone era of kings and queens.
Nature has always been partial to Kerala with all its exotic seashores and lush green hill stations that are a great delight to all the tourists coming to Wonderful Kerala.
The beautiful backwaters of Kerala make a wonderful home to its traditional houseboats that take visitors on a dreamland journey meandering into the numerous lagoons, lakes, canals, estuaries and the deltas of a number of rivers that drain into the Arabian Sea.
The most prevalent architectural style in the traditional historic and cultural monuments of Kerala is Nalukkettu or Ettukettu.The low sloping roofs and brick walls were designed to match the climatic conditions.
Museums are the best place to see a region's history, traditions, arts, crafts and culture all at once and museums of Kerala have stood up to the glory of the region.
Kerala temples are generally constructed in a mixed medium of stone, brick, laterite and wood as a distinctive architectural style of temple building. The stress is laid on the sanctity, simplicity and a prevailing naturalism, which marked the worship in temples.
The Western Ghats of Kerala is home to as many as fourteen wildlife sanctuaries that are often surrounded some exotic trails in the country. A delight to the adventurous and nature lovers, the air of these habitats has fragrance of spices and other enchantingly aromatic plantations.