Kerala God’s Own Country is another diverse state in India with plenty of things to know and experience. The Kerala state had a prominent place in the history of India and stands first in the Human Development Index & literacy rate in the country. Kerala is very famous for its Spices not just for a century or two but for more than 5 millennia.
The spices of Kerala would be those who brought the Europeans into the nation. The state is also famous for tourism which is very diverse too with Beaches, backwaters, hill stations, forests, and much more natural attractions. Kerala was named as one of the top ten paradises of the world by the National Geographic’s Traveler Magazine in 2012.
The culture of Kerala is developed over the centuries and expanded through foreign contact. The culture of Kerala is largely preserved and seen in everyday activities from lifestyle, festivals, language, literature, arts, and cosines majorly. Onam is the biggest festival celebrated by Malayali in the months between August and September. Dance, Music, and Literature are very unique at the same time show similarities with the other parts of the country.
Cinema had become a part of the Kerala culture in the 20th century and only expanding in the 21st century. Kerala had many prominent personalities in the cinema field who had received many national awards over the years in many categories.
Kerala tourism had a separate place in the country and receives a large percentage of foreign and local tourists. For many decades since Independence the state had little known for its attractions, but in the early ’80s government had taken a large campaign to boost tourism.
They had developed many places with proper infrastructure and reached out to people. It had become quite successful. The major destinations in the state are beaches, backwaters, hill stations, wildlife and bird sanctuaries, waterfalls, holy places, and lighthouses. The natural attractions are plenty in Kerala for people to enjoy.
Places to visit in Kerala:
Since the state of Kerala is present parallel to the Arabian sea, it had a total of 600 km of coastline.
- Marari Beach
- Alleppey Beach
- Vizhinjam Beach
- Kovalam Beach
- Bekal Beach
- Kappad Beach
- Beypore Beach
These are some of the many worth seeing beaches in the state and receives a lot of foreign and local every year.
Backwaters are very famous for the natural beauty of coconut trees and boating.
Hill stations in Kerala are famous and attract large tourists from other states of India in the months of April and May. Since the summers in India are really harsh people tend to seek cool places, and Kerala in the south attracts a large part of them. Kerala had plenty of potential for hill stations, but many still lack a lot of infrastructures.
These are some of the most visited hill stations in the state and receive maximum tourists every year. There are many attractions nearby the hill stations like waterfalls, sanctuaries, and scenic beauty.
Things to do:
There are endless things to do in Kerala and enjoy the most of it. You can go to the beaches of the Arabian Sea and take a swim, watch the sunset, and take a beach ride. You can go to the forests and sanctuaries and watch the variety of animals, migratory birds and go for a safari.
Get wet under waterfalls or take an elephant bathing in kodanad or have boating in Alleppey backwater. As I said there are plenty of ways to enjoy life in Kerala you can watch the boat races, watch the beauty through a bike ride. Go to coffee and tea plantations, visit historical places, go trekking, and much more if you are more creative and innovative.
Best Time to Visit Kerala:
The ideal time to see Kerala is determined by what exactly are you most interested in visiting. Hill Stations are best to visit during the summer as most people will be trying to escape from the heat. During winters and rainy season, the hill stations are very cool and moist due to low temperatures and rainfalls. If you’re interested to find the shores, then winter is the ideal period of the year.
As the winters come just after the rainy season, the streams are mostly filled with water and provide you with a really awesome view of the waterfalls. Bird sanctuaries are also very famous for the migratory birds which come during the summer to breed. Beaches and Backwaters are good to visit throughout the year. So the best time to visit Kerala mostly depends on your personal interest.
How to reach:
Kerala has three Airports, and all the three are International Airports as Kerala had many people making a living abroad in Gulf countries. Another Airport is upcoming in Kannur which is also an International Airport. So, for people who are thinking to visit through Air, then you can reach your destination very easily.
Other recommended transportation methods are by railways and road. The Railways in Kerala is very well established with stations in every major city and town. Traveling by road is one of the most convenient ways as most of the destinations like hill stations and sanctuaries are mostly accessible only by road.
Kerala is as diverse as India and any other state in the country with plenty of unique things to learn and enjoy. It isn’t so easy to have double-digit growth in the tourism of the state. Kerala is one place you shouldn’t miss if you are a nature lover as most of the tourist attractions are linked directly.