Seek Bliss In God’s Own Country

Over the time, Kerala has become one of the major tourist destinations in India. Moreover, the state has made many efforts to make it one of the most sought-after destinations amongst tourists not only from India but across the world. Kerala has tropical greenery with fresh air with enormous expanses of water and sky. The state is known for its numerous backwaters, exclusive houseboats, hill stations and wellness in the form of Ayurvedic treatments. In this article, TnH would like to introduce major attractions and facts of Kerala for its travellers…

Geographically, this state is surrounded by land on three sides and by Arabian Sea in west. Additionally, it has deep valleys like Silent Valley and soaring mountains with vast coastline to surprise a visitor in India. The palm fringed beaches and coffee and tea plantations with ancient culture make it a land that is often called as “God’s Own Country”.

Best Time to Visit
Though, all of the seasons are good to explore Kerala but Monsoon as well as winter seasons are the best to witness the exclusive lush beauty of this state. This year, it is anticipated that monsoons will arrive in Kerala after first week of June. So, if you wish to visit here start packing your bags. Kerala looks at its best during this season so don’t miss the chance to witness its beauty.

Popular attractions to visit in Kerala Serene Backwaters
Kerala has incredible backwaters which you shouldn’t miss. It offers you a chance to witness surrounding natural beauty like waterfalls, thick forest, water animals, slowly flowing seawater, pleasing landscapes and much more. Some of the most popular backwaters to sail while you are here are Kumarakom, Alappuza (also known as Alleppey), Kozhikode, Kollam, and Kottyam. You must take a cruise of houseboat to experience the views around backwaters.

Hill Stations
Some of the popular hill stations in Kerala you can visit are:

Wayanad
With its mist clad mountains and mountainous rivers, Wayanad is an idyllic hill station. The grand beauty, thick rainforest, dazzling waterfalls and spice plantations provide not just a lot to see but also load of adventure sports to indulge in. The best time to visit Wayanad is from October to May. Some of the popular places you should visit while in Wayanad can be Chembra Peak, Pakshipathalam, Soochippara Waterfalls, Kuruva Island and Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary.

Munnar
The most famous hill station of Munnar is as popular for its romantic locale as for its thriving tea gardens. And if you plan well, you can see the valley turn blue during the ‘bloom of Neelakurinji’, which flowers only once in twelve years. The ideal time to explore the beauty of Munnar is October to November and January to May. Eravikulam National Park, TATA Tea Museum and Mattupetty Dam and lake, are the places you can visit.

Silent Valley
You must visit Silent Valley for a memorable holiday trip while in Kerala. It has much of the natural charm that is well preserved till today and it is also home to a number of rare species and the Kurumbar Tribes. The best time to visit Silent Valley is December to April. ‘Silent Valley National Park’ is one of the most ecologically diverse areas on the planet with some flora and fauna which are found nowhere else in the world. Apart from that, Idukki and Thekkady are some of the other popular hill stations.

Picturesque Beaches
The exotic beaches are enclosed with sunkissed sand, tropical vegetation and long stretch of blue sea. Some of the popular ones which you must visit are at Kappad, Alappuzha, Nattika (Thrissur), Vadanappilly beach (Thrissur), Marari Beach (Mararikulam, Alappuzha), Cherai Beach, Beypore beach, Fort Kochi and Varkala.

Ayurvedic Treatments
“Ayurveda – harmony of body, mind and soul”. Sprouted in the pristine land of India some 5000 years ago, Ayurveda, the science of life and longevity, is the oldest healthcare system in the world and it combines the profound thoughts of medicine and philosophy. Kerala possesses an steady tradition of Ayurveda that has surpassed the many invasions and intrusions both foreign and native. For hundreds of years the Ayurveda Vaidyas were almost the only access for people seeking healing from every kind of disease in Kerala. It is the only State in India which practices this system of medicine with absolute dedication. There are many Ayurvedic treatment centres and resorts in Kerala for you get yourself holistic healing from all kind of stress or ailments.

Culture of Kerala
As far as the culture Kathakali, Mohiniattam, Kuttiyatam and Kalaripayattu are Kerala’s top arts. The culturally flourishing society evolved its own ethnic classical dance-drama form called ‘Kathakali’. Some of the popular festivals are the tourism edition of Allepey’s Nehru Cup Snake Boat Race, the Ettamanur Festival at Ettamanur, and the most popular is the harvest festival, Onam, in August / September.

How to Reach?
Well, here comes the most important question, how can you reach to Kerala? You can reach here through different ways:
By Water: Cochin is the main sea-port opening out into the Arabian Sea.
By Air: There are three airports in the state, located at Trivandrum, Kochi and Kozhikode, and Kannur are International Airports. The Karipur Airport, Kozhikode plays host to domestic airlines.
By Road: Kerala has a very good commutation road network. Kerala is directly connected by road to both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. National Highway no. 47, 17, 49, and an extensive system of metalled roads connect Kerala to the rest of the country. You can take buses, tourist taxis, and autos to commute from one place to another.
By Train: There are 200 railway stations in Kerala, connecting places both within and outside Kerala. You can avail of superfast, and express trains to reach one’s chosen destination.

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