Aptly called God’s own country, the southern Indian State of Kerala is blessed by nature. There are many reasons to visit Kerala, a few being ravishing beaches, mesmerizing backwaters, rich wild life, colorful dance forms, unique temple architecture and ayurveda. Since 3000 BC Kearala has been an exporter of spices. Rubber, tea and coffee are the other products made in Kerala.
Thekkady is one of the best places to experience wildlife in India. Home to Periyar Wildlife sanctuary, the evergreen forest spread over 750 square kilometers, Thekkady has elephants, sambar, tigers, gaur, lion-tailed Macaques and Nilgiri Langurs. It is also dotted with spice plantations which provide a distinct experience.
The backwaters of Arabian Sea which are made by lagoons and lakes, is another natural wonder in Kerala. Kollam, which used to be a busy port in ancient times, is the starting point for the backwater cruises. A houseboat ride between Kollam and Allepey takes 8 hours and counts as one of the great journeys that can be undertaken.
Munnar is a lush green hill station completed covered by tea plantations. One of the best ways to experience Munnar is to live in a tea plantation and learn the art and science of tea leaves picking and making custom tea.
Kathakali is a colorful dance form of Kerala which is a must experience. It is a dance which tells stories from mythology. The performers have a colorful make-up and wear elaborate costumes. The play is performed with detailed gestures and well-defined body movements.
Kerala is home to the oldest healthcare system in the world called Ayurveda. It aims at bringing a harmony between the mind, body and soul. For hundreds of years 8 families of healers and their descendants treated the entire populace. Today Ayurveda is more widely offered. A panchlarma session, which cleanses the body through a set of 5 procedures, will bring all your senses alive!
|Visa requirements||Foreign nationals require a valid Indian Visa is required to visit Kerala.|
|Languages spoken||Malayalam is the main language spoken in Kerala. Tamil, Telugu, Tulu, Kannada & Konkani are also spoken by some people.|
|Currency used||Indian Rupee|