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Kerala ! Welcome to god’s own country

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Kerala was named as one of the “ten paradises of the world” and “50 places of a lifetime” by the National Geographic Traveller magazine. A long shoreline with serene beaches, tranquil stretches of emerald backwaters, lush hill stations and exotic wildlife, are just a few of the wonders that await you ‘God’s own country’ offers such scenic vistas, it feels God himself came down and declared it his own, with one smooth brush stroke. Kerala is probably the only state in India that pursues Ayurveda as the primary treatment and it also boasts of the first Ayurvedic resort in the world the Somatheeram, The flourishing greenery obviously has something to do with it since there is no lack of medicinal herbs and plants in the state. The ‘land of coconuts’ is as famous for once touching a 100 percent on the literacy scale. One of the lesser known facts about Kerala is that it houses the richest temple in the whole world. The Padmanabhaswamy Temple is not just the richest temple, but the wealthiest institution of worship on the globe because of its towering assets of gold and precious stones. Your Kerala holidays will mean so much more if only you Experience these intriguing, inspiring and fascinating facts about Kerala.

Kochi

Kochi is the local name and Cochin is the name given by British. Unarguably, Kochi is one of the most beautiful places in India. Called as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, the city is the financial, commercial and industrial capital of Kerala. It is home to lakes, backwaters, beaches, ancient monuments, lush greenery and hills. It has been described as the most beautiful city in India by many ancient travellers. Kochi experiences a moderate and pleasant climate throughout the year. Places in Kochi like Chinese Fishing Nets, Jewish Paradesi Synagogue, Church of Saint Francis, Dutch Palace, Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, Dutch Cemetery, Hill Palace Museum, Fort Kochi Beach, Jain Temple, Cochin Spice Market, Mattancherry Palace etc. Over a period of time, Kochi has become of the most-visited tourist destination in South India.

Munnar

Munnar is a beautiful place in Kerala, which cannot be portrayed in a single canvas, which is also called the “Kashmir of South India” a popular honeymoon destination. Everything and anything here will make us excited, the hills, the mist, the valleys, the streams, the waterfalls, tea plantations, rare flora and fauna. Munnar got its name from its strategic location at the confluence of three rivers Muthirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala Rivers. Moonu means three and Aru means river. Eravikulam National Park and the Nilgiri Tahr are considered to be the icon of tourism in Munnar. The lovely Devikulam Lake,  Kolukkumalai the highest tea plantation in the country, the waterfalls like Lakkam, Attukal, Nyayamakad, Chinnakkal, Kuthumkal, Cheeyapara, Valara and Thoovanam, the cattle village or Mattupetty etc makes Munnar the abode of nature. A simple walk amidst the lush green trees in Munnar is more than enough to induce utmost peace in you.

Thekkady

Thekkady in is a dream destination for any tourist visiting India. There are many places in and around this paradise on earth that can excite those who love to get close to the bosom of Mother Nature. Periyar National Park, Thekkady backwater, Periyar Lake are the places that should not be missed at any cost on a tour to Thekkady. Activities in Thekkady like trekking, boating, safari, and adventure rides are diverse and exciting. You can also enjoy indigenous Kerala foods and do some shopping to buy handicrafts, high-quality spices, and also collect some souvenirs. Though Periyar National Park is the major tourist attraction of Thekkady, the lake ride through Periyar Lake is so exotic to the point that it almost eclipses the fame of the wildlife sanctuary. The boat cruise through the calm backwater of Thekkady provides a unique perspective of the wildlife. The greatest attraction of Periyar remains the large herds of wild elephants & Indian tiger that come down to the lake’s edge makes the trip much exciting.

Alleppey

Alleppey is a coastal town where one side is the Arabian Sea and other side completely covered by rivers and canals which is known as “Venice of the East” Alleppey, Which is also called as Alappuzha, it become famous for many reasons like the beautiful combination of lakes, lagoons, crisscrossed narrow canals, rivers, coconut palms, paddy fields and many more. Local people live on the banks of these canals and these canals and rivers are part of their daily life. Road access to these villages which are surrounded by small canals and rivers are limited. Therefore, most of the local people are depend on water transport. Another important attraction of Alleppey is the famous and exciting water sport called snake boat race on the second Saturday of August every year. Each snake boat is manned by about 100 oarsmen who are incredibly passionate about the race. Most attractive and relaxing way of exploring Alleppey backwaters is by Houseboat.

Poovar

Poovar is unspoilt and unexplored, which is one among the natural wonders where the Lake, River, Sea and Beach meet the land and opening out to the sea and a dream golden sand beach, the sound of waves and the birds is truly a window into paradise a rare find in Kerala. The area is filled with well preserved local flora, with hundreds of species of spices, exotic flowers, complete with banana and coconut groves. While its water in distinct shades of blue and green are quite tempting to swim in where the salty water of the Arabian Sea meets the freshwater of the Neyyar River, where you have the entire beach to yourself to sit back, relax and sunbathe. It’s the kind of a spot where lounging on the beach, boating in the backwaters and getting to know the fisher community for those seeking utter rest and relaxation in the midst of pristine nature, and on an uncrowded stretch of sand.

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