Kerala Tourism
     + Attractions
     + Great Boat Race
     + Beaches
     + Widlife
     + Backwaters
     + Hillstations
     + Art Forms
     + Ayurveda
     + Thrissur Pooram
     + Kathakali
     + Mohiniyattom
 
 
 
   
KERALA

"Come holiday in a land hand picked by the National Geographic Traveller as one of the 10 paradises in the world. Kerala is a long stretch of enchanting greenery in the South West Coast of India. The tall exotic Coconut palm dominates the landscape. The sea, backwaters, lakes and waterfalls – 30% of Kerala landscape is dominated by water...."

Area: 38,863 Sq.Km | Population: 31,841,374 | Literacy rate: 98% | International Airports: Trivandrum, Cochin, Calicut
 
 
     
ATTRACTIONS OF KERALA

Kerala Tourist Attractions
 
 
   
THRISSUR POORAM - the greatest show on earth

Among the varieties of Festivals celebrated in Kerala, Thrissur pooram is the most thunderous spectacular and eye-dazzling pooram will be held on the month of April in Trichur maiden every year opposite to Vadakkumnathan Temple. It is a magnificent spectacle with nightlong Fire works and a splendid procession of hundred and one Elephants.

For pooram they provide splendidly caparisoned elephants in the richest of adornments with their mahouts holding parasols of coloured silk. As the day of the pooram arrives, the elephants in their disciplined dignity line up on the opposite sides of the maiden to the music of the traditional panchavadyam – the conch, cymbals, trumpet and two kinds of drums. The Festivity begin to the Feverish rhythm of the drums and the opposing parties unveil their splendid displays of coloured.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
BEACHES

Kerala has a 600 km long shoreline and is known to have some of the best beaches in the world. The beaches of Kerala are beautiful, clean and dotted by the palms and coconut trees. Come to the beaches of Kerala to have vacation you will cherish all through your life. Relax on the golden beaches, indulge in beach activities, sip refreshing and fresh coconut water and try the ayurvedic massages by our professional masseurs.

KOVALAM

Location: About 13 Kms. south of Thiruvananthapuram city.
It is one of the best bathing bays in the world - Kovalam, where a sheltered beach and a shallow sea offer excellent bathing facilities. The scenery around the place is enchanting. Even a casual visitor to the state will not fail to observe the peculiar ecological patterns of Kerala as soon as he tours some distance in the state.

MARARI BEACH VILLAGE

Location: 12 km from Alleppey and 60 km from Cochin City.
Everyone loves endless golden beaches. So much so, they've become something of a tourism clich, often indistinguishable from one another.But the allure of a beach is not just in the sand and the sea. It's in the living environment that surrounds it.In the trees and plants, the birds and fishes that call it home. And most of all, in the culture, life and colour of the people who belong there. Because it is only this that makes it special, different from other interchangeably pretty stretches of sand around the world. A beach is just a beach, until you find its living heart. For us, the search ended in the little village of Mararikulam.

POOVAR

Location: Poovar Beach is approximately 45 minutes drive from Kovalam.
Poovar Beach separates the Neyyar River from the sea. Essentially a fishing village, it is a beautiful and unexplored beach resort. You can reach the Poovar Beach by water taxis only. The beach is not used for beach activities and water sports because of the fishing population. But Poovar beach can be visited to its peace and tranquility.

VARKALA

Location: 54 km from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) city, Kerala.
Varkala attracts tourists not only for its beach resort but is also a famous pilgrim center. The beach is ideal holiday destination if you are on a look out for calmness and serenity. At Varkala beach, bask in the golden glory of the sun to get yourself a lovely copper tan. The mineral water of the hills is believed to possess medicinal properties. Varkala is known as the 'Southern Kashi' because of the 800-year-old Janardhana temple dedicated to Ayyapan and Hanuman.

CHERAI

Cherai Beach is a beach in the Cherai village of Ernakulam district of Kerala, south India. Cherai is a part of Vypin Island.

Cherai Beach is just 30 km from Kochi, the business capital of Kerala and 30 km from Cochin International Airport. The nearby towns are North Paravur(6 km)and Kodungallur (10 km) and nearest railway station is Aluva (20 km).

The 15 km of long golden beach is very clean, shallow, and attracts swimming and sunbathing. This is one of the few places where we can see the lagoon (poyil) and ocean separated only by a few hundreds of meters. One of the main events in this beach is the tourism fest during December.

Best season to visit is all throughout the year barring the rainy season(June - October). Tourists can find beach resorts and cottages nearby the beach.

BEKAL

Visit the beautiful Bekal Beach in Kerala and have a memorable beach holiday on Kerala tours with Kerala Backwater. Bekal Beach is located at a distance of 14 Km from Kasargod in Kerala, India. The Bekal Beach area is being promoted as a tourist destination and the beautiful sandy beach backed by swaying palm trees is truly worth seeing. The serene atmosphere, the sandy stretches of unspoilt beaches and the mesmeric rhythm of the waves as they roll up to the Bekal Beach make it an idyllic beach destination in Kerala. You can see the mesmerizing Bekal Beach on Kerala tours with Kerala Backwater.
 
 
   
ART FORMS

KATHAKALI

Speaking of celebrations, the Arts are an integral part of all celebrations in Kerala, probably non-more so than the most famous dance form, kathakali. Carrying on an ancient art, richly costumed their faces mashed and painted, these performers enact stories from Indian mythology. Some times continuously for days. From dusk to dawn. Kathakali is perhaps the only dance form in which entire body is use to portray emotions. Beginning at the age of seven, the disciples’ studies under the guru for around seven to eight years, to gain mastery over basic techniques. Kathakali has been referred to as the first theatre imagination of the world.

MOHINIYATTOM

The dance of the enchantress is a distinct type of dance form, which has existed in kerala for hundreds of years. It has been remarked that there is a resemblance between mohiniyattom and the land of its birth. The graceful movements of the dances has been compared to the palms swaying in the gentle breeze and the sweeping wants which are so much a part of Kerala’s lush landscape.
 
 
   
THE GREAT BOAT RACE

This is the greatest event on the backwaters of Kerala is held on the Second Saturday of August every year magnificent Snake boats compete for the prized trophy.

The Great Boat Face, tracing its roots to ancient naval warfare. 50 meter long wooden craft, with stand-up sterns resembling the hood of the cobra are powered by over a hundred ebony bodied oarsmen.

In a scintillating display strength and rhythm to the accompaniment of war – cries and songs cheered on by the thousands who throng the banks, these races set the otherwise serene backwaters on Fire.
 
 
 
 
 
 
THE PERIYAR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

Kerala in South India, also called God's Own Country, is home to many rare and special forms of animal, bird and marine life. The wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala provide refuge to different forms of wildlife in Kerala and provide tourists with an opportunity to see these rare creatures in their natural surroundings. Some of the unique wild animals that tourists can see on tours of Kerala, with Kerala Backwater are elephants, Nilgiri Tahr, tigers, leopards, lion-tailed macaque, deer, monkeys, civet cats, squirrels including the Malabar giant squirrel. You can see different varieties of birds including woodpeckers, Malabar hornbills, kingfishers, cormorants, darters, plovers, and brahminy kites along the backwaters of Kerala. You're also likely to see many species of butterflies and moths, flutter by as you float along a Kerala Backwater. On the shoreline you can see many species of crabs, mudskippers, turtles and deeper in the water you can see fish and even crocodiles.

PERIYAR

Periyar National Park, in Kerala, India, is one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in India, which you can see when you travel with Kerala Backwater. Situated at Thekkady in the Idukki district of Kerala, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is situated around the artificially created Periyar Lake. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary was declared a Project Tiger reserve in 1978 and is one of the most beautiful wildlife sanctuaries in India. Its unique ecosystem which consists of thick moist deciduous vegetation, dense evergreen forests and the aquatic environment of the Periyar Lake make Periyar a unique and precious wildlife resource.

The animals you can see in Periyar Wildlife sanctuary are tigers, though they remain concealed in the dense jungle and elephants, which can be seen in herds and family groups along the banks of Periyar Lake. The interaction between the elephants in a herd and their behavior while they drink, bathe and engage in mock fights and play on the lake's edge is a fascinating sight. A boat cruise on Periyar Lake a good way to observe the elephants from a short distance away, without disturbing them.Other wild animals that you can see in Periyar are leopards, Gaur or Indian Bison, many varieties of Deer, including barking deer, chital and sambhar, Malabar Giant Squirrel, Covet Cat, mongooses, Nilgiri Langur, wild boar and many species of monkeys. Birds seen at Periyar Wildife sanctuary include Black-winged Kite, Brahminy Kite, Great Indian Hornbill, kingfisher, darter, cormorant, barbet, plover, jacana, and many others. Over 250 species of birds have been seen at Periyar National Park. Reptiles seen in the wildlife sanctuary include crocodiles in the lake, tortoises, frogs and snakes including King Cobras and Kraits

WAYANAD

Established in 1973, the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is contiguous to the protected area network of Nagarhole and Bandipur of Karnataka on the northeast and Mudumalai of Tamil Nadu on the southeast. Rich in bio diversity, the sanctuary is an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve , which has been established with the specific objective of conserving the biological heritage of the region. The sanctuary is rich in flora and fauna. The management lays emphasis on scientific conservation with due consideration for the general lifestyle of the tribals and others who live in and around the forest. Elephant, spotted deer. Bison, tiger, cheetah, wild bear etc. can be spotted here. Elephant rides are arranged by the Forest department.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
BACKWATERS

Backwaters are ahead and behind made up by the ponding of sea to the beach by the movement of the waves. They are usually formed in the form of lagoons, of lakes and estuaries. The lake Vembanad is largest strech of Backwaters in Kerala measuring 83 kilometers length, and crosses three zones before reaching the sea with the port of Kochi. The lake Ashtamudi, significance, having eight arm, are the larger second strech and are the passage to the backwaters. These lagoons and the lake Kayamkulam were formed in 1866 A.D, when the large flood envasé to the top of the old ports. These backwaters in the keralahave become roads between the interior ground and the sea.

KUMARAKOM

Kumarakom is a good reason for Kerala being known as God’s Own Country. With mangrove forests and coconut trees decorating the canals and the banks of the water ways, Kumarakom resembles a paradise. With Christianity being the predominant religion, the area is dotted with beautiful churches.

Located 10 km from Kottayam and on the Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom is a little village and offers Ayurvedic Massages, Meditation, Yoga, Boating and Fishing facilities. The Pathiramanal Island, near Komarakom has a mythological significance to it. It is believed that the Island was formed when a young Brahmin dived into the Vembanad lake to perform his evening ablutions. Legend says that due to this water gave way for land to rise and thus this Island was formed.

The Vembanad Lake is a balancing tank against floods and it has conditioned the lifestyles of the people, animals, birds and flora flourishing on its banks.

ALLEPPEY

Alleppey, an exceptional coastal township, is a network of lakes and lagoons and canals crisscrossing each other. It’s nearness to the Arabian Sea has given Alleppey a special place in the maritime history of Kerala. Alleppey has often been referred to as the Venice of the East by travelers from around the world. The beach of Alleppey, which is also called Alappuzha, has a 140 year old pier which extends up to the sea. In the stormiest of nights, this sea shore has provided a safe anchor to sailors from time immemorial.

Apart from the Chavara Bhavan and the Champakkulam church, Ambalappuzha temple located 15 km south of Alleppey is one of the top attractions. Built in typical Kerala architecture, this temple has the paintings of the 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu engraved on its inner walls.

The deliciously sweet palpaysam (milk desert) made here as daily offering to the gods attracts huge crowds. The ‘velans’ (sorcerers) perform Pallipana every 12 years in this temple. This temple was the first to host “Ottanthullal”, a satiric art form by the poet Kunchan Nambiar.

KOLLAM

This historic coastline district known for its marine and cashew industries was one of the oldest ports on the Malabar coast and a major international trading point .30% of this town is covered by the renowned Ashtamudi Lake, making it the gateway to the magniicent backwaters of Kerala..The backwaters around Kollam, which extend from the Ashthamudi Lake, are exceedingly beautiful.The backwater tour from Kollam to Alappuzha is the longest cruise in Kerala.
 
 
 
 
 
 
HILLSTATIONS

Much of kerala's exotic appeal is centred in the highland area of the western ghats. Rising to an average height of 1520 m, the tropical forests of the ghats house rich flora and fauna. Not to speak of expansive, loamy plantations of tea, coffee, rubber and fragrant cardamom.

MUNNAR

Munnar - breathtakingly beautiful - a haven of peace and tranquility - the idyllic tourist destination in God's own country. Set at an altitude of 6000 ft in Idukki district, Munnar was the favored summer resort of the erstwhile British rulers in the colonial days. Unending expanse of tea plantations - pristine valleys and mountains- exotic species of flora and fauna in its wild sanctuaries and forests - aroma of spice scented cool air - yes! Munnar has all these and more. It's the place you would love to visit - it's the place you would wish never to leave.

VAGAMON

Vagamon 64 kms from Kottayam and 34 kms from Pala situated at an elevation of 1100 metres above sea level is a trekker's paradise. It is an ideal tourist spot surrounded by the greenery of tea gardens, beautiful meadows, deep puzzling valleys and dales. The enchanting hill station dotted with tea gardens will soon be one of India's foremost ecotourism projects. This also one of the breeding centre of the Kerala. Live stock board is located here.

Vagamon is roughly 100 kms from Cochin, the commercial capital of the State. It is also 60 kms from Kottayam -the nearest railway station. It is easily accessible by road from Kottayam and Cochin. Other tourist attractions around Vagamon like Bird Sanctuary at Kumarakom, Hill resorts at Munnar, Kodaikanal etc. are easily accessible by road from Vagamon.
 
 
   
KERALA - the land of Ayurveda

Ayurveda believes in the treatment of not just the affected part, but the individual as a whole. Making it the natural way to refresh yourself, eliminate all toxic imbalances from the body and thus regain resistance and good health.

Kerala’s equable climate, natural abundance of forests (with a wealth of herbs and medicinal plants) and the cool monsoon season (June – November) are best suited for Ayurveda’s curative and restorative packages. Today, Kerala is the only state in India, which practices this system of medicine with absolute dedication.

Monsoon, the ideal time for Rejuvenation.

Traditional texts reveal that the monsoon is the best season for rejuvenation programs. The atmosphere remains Dust Free and cool, opening the pores of the body to the maximum, making it most receptive to herbal oils and therapy.
 
 
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