Famously called as ‘God’s Own Country’, Kerala is blessed with unique geographical features and position. Thousands of tourists come to this beautiful land year after year to experience the matchless charm of its tranquil beaches, palm-fringed backwaters, swift-flowing rivers, blue lagoons, green laden hill stations, dense forests and exotic wildlife. Kerala is among the 50 destinations of a lifetime selected by the National Geographic Traveller and also one of the thirteen paradises in the world.
Kerala is bounded by the Western Ghats on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west and shares borders with Tamil Nadu on the east and Karnataka on the north. Stretching over an area of 38.855 square kilometers, Kerala enjoys equable climate throughout the year.Kerala has played a vital role in the commercial and cultural history of India. Presently, Kerala is one of the fast developing states in the country with stressing emphasize on I.T. Sector, and tourism.
The congenial cultural atmosphere has nurtured religion and art in Kerala and made Kerala a precious gem in the necklace of Indian culture. The traditional art forms in Kerala such as Kathakali, Koodiyattam, Koothu etc. showcase the essence of Dravidian culture in its all splendor and glory. There are a number of folk art forms in Kerala such as Theyyam, Thira, and Padayani which redefine the mythological narratives in a primitive spirit of performance with vigor.
The word ‘Keralam’ is an amalgamation of two words kera (“coconut tree”) and alam (“land”), meaning the land of coconut trees. Legend says that Parasurama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu created keralam by throwing his axe into the river. With its enigmatic mythology, vibrant cultural life, breathtakingly beautiful landscape and hospitable people, Kerala unfolds in front of you the multiple pleasures of tourist exploration
Kerala, a State in the Republic of India, has 14 districts or administrative divisions. The major cities are Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode. There are three airports in the state which provide international and domestic connections.
Here is some quick information on Kerala which will be useful for travellers visiting the State.
|Location||:||Southwestern tip of India.|
|Area||:||38,863 sq km.|
|Language||:||Malayalam. English is widely spoken.|
|Religion||:||Hinduism, Christianity, Islam|
|Summer||:||February – May (24 – 33°C)|
|Monsoon||:||June – August (22 – 28°C)|
October – November
|Winter||:||November – January (22 – 32°C)|