Travel Tips:- Kerala

Travel tips:-Kerala

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Kerala has been given many a nameThe Gods own country, Land of coconut, state of enlightenment, one of the 6 destination of the millennium, and according to the National Geographic travel it is one of the 50 must-see destinations of a life-time. It is also popularly known as Land of Ayurveda.

Each state in India has its own distinct culture, language, traditions and food habits quite different from the rest of the states in the country.

Overview:-

v  The state of Kerala has high literacy rate .Here population of women is more than men and newspaper readership is among the highest in the world.

v  Kalarippayattu of Kerala is believed to be one of the oldest martial arts in the world.

v  Kathakali and Mohiniyattom is the main dance forms of kerala.

v  The national festival of Kerala is onam marking 10 daylong festivities across the state.

v  Although Malayalam is the official language of Kerala, but being a highly literate state most people can communicate in English.

v  There are three airports in Kerala with flights to domestic and international destinations. Cochin, Thiruvanthapuram and Kozikhode.

v  More than 300 plus trains connect Kerala to all parts of India.

v  Inter-state private and government buses operate between neighbouring states. Usually journey is performed in the night so that one can escape the heat of the day.

v  Kochi is the major cruise port. Almost all major cruises of global voyage originate from Kochi.

v   There is no meter system for any taxis in Kerala. Taxi operators follow fixed rate system.

Climate

Kerala has three seasons. Summer lasts from mid-May to early September which brings heavy showers. Winter is mild and lasts from mid-October to early February. Retreating monsoon bring heavy rains from last week of September till early November. When in Kerala carry an umbrella as one can be caught in sudden showers no matter what time of the year it is.

 

 

Cuisine

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Kerala is famous for its coastal food wherein use of coconut oil, coconut milk or powder is predominantly used. It also gives a distinctive taste to all the dishes. Many dishes of jackfruit are made in every household. Banana chips of Kerala are famous throughout the world.

 

What to see:-

 

Backwaters

 

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Fondly called as the Venice of the East, for its maze of interconnecting waterways and channels, Alleppey has emerged as a famous backwater tourist centre, which draws scores of tourists each year. The interconnected waterways of Alleppey form part of the 900km of navigable backwaters of Kerala. It is the only place in the world other than Holland where rice is cultivated under the sea level.

Mountains  

The blue mountains of the Western Ghats known as Nilgiris have many hill stations. Munnar is the most popular of them. There are more than dozen waterfalls. The largest waterfalls are at Athirapally.  It is an important tourist destination in Kerala. The best time to explore the tourist attractions in Athirapally will be during monsoon.

Forest Parks

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Periyar National Tiger Park, Silent Valley, Chinnar wildlife sanctuary are some of the most popular tourist destinations.

Beaches

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Kerala has 650km of coastline which boasts of many pristine beaches.

  • Kovalam, the enchanting tropical beach of Kerala which was a favourite haunt of the hippies in the seventies. Highly rated by foreign tourists, Kovalam is one of the finest beaches in India.
  • No trip to the capital city can be complete without a trip to the Shanghumugham beach, where you can unwind and soak up the fun of the sunset against the silhouettes of the small country boats returning home after the catch.
  • Cherai beach has a large sand beach.
  • Kozikhode beach
  • Muzzhappilangadu is the country’s only drive-in beach.

Temples

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  • Located in Thiruvanthapuram sree padmanabhaswamy temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Here lord Vishnu can be seen in a sleeping posture which is rarely seen anywhere else.
  • Guruvayoor temple of sree Krishna is one of the most important pilgrimage centre in India.
  • Thiruvanchikulam Shiva temple is the most ancient Shiva temples of the country. The speciality of this Shiva temple is that, it is the only temple in south India, where lord Shiva and Parvati along with their full family resides.

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  • The idol of Lord Hanuman installed in Nattika sree Hanuman temple in Thrissur is magnificent. It is the largest creation in panchaloha, first of its kind in the world.

Ayurvedic Treatment

Tourists flock to Kerala for Ayurvedic rejuvenation therapies. You must consult a certified Ayurvedic practitioner before you enter into any sort of Ayurvedic treatment. To avoid any serious side effects, the treatment must be properly customized based on your medical history and body conditions.

Shopping

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It is best to do shopping during onam and Christmas seasons. To cash on shopping tourism Kerala government organises Grand Kerala shopping Festival that transforms Kerala into one stop shopping destination.

Billed as one of the Asia’s biggest shopping mall the Lulu shopping mall is in Kochi which spreads over seven acres.

Souvenirs

 

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Vacation to any place is incomplete without the souvenirs. Kerala is famous for hand-made coconut shell products. Aranmulla mirror is a mirror made out of metal instead of glass. Kerala is also famous for coir wall hangings, wooden crafts, brass items models of vellam (snake boat), spices and herbal oils. One can buy lemongrass oil for its rare scent.

Kerala the surreal tropical paradise is truly enigmatic and beautiful.

 

 

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