You have to be living under a rock if you have not heard about the marvels of Kerala until now. It is not without reason that they call it ‘God’s own country’; the Kerala state deserves that name. With beaches comparable to heaven and lush green meadows, you cannot help but keep your camera in hand at all times just not to miss clicking even a single scenery. From the last many years, the state has never failed to captivate the tourists.
The beaches are mesmeric
Although it is needless to state, every article about Kerala is incomplete without the mention of its pristine beaches. The crystal clear sea water and the impeccable beaches leave the visitors mesmerized throughout their journey. Just to mention a few beaches, you must visit Kovalam, Varkala, Payyambalam, and Kappad beaches.
The people of Kerala
Any region becomes famous not because of its tourist attractions, but because of the conduct of its people. People who have lived in various countries around the world swear by the hospitality of Kerala-ites. The people are generous by heart, polite in their way of talking, and know where they need to give space to the tourists. When you are there in Kerala relying on the locals for any kind of assistance, even the complete strangers will come to help without seeking any benefit in return.
Tropical weather is something not many people may like, but the myths may make you miss on the best part of it- the monsoon! The sights around Kerala become absolutely breathtaking if you are there during monsoon. Kerala is a slender strip of land that is bordered by the Western Ghats on one side and the Arabian Sea on the other. The geography of the state is a good reason why rains are so abundant in Kerala. When it rains in Kerala, you can see practically everything glowing around you.
Any stunning place is imperfect without delicious food, and Kerala never disappoints you for sure. Anything you eat leaves a taste in the mouth that hangs around for quite some time. The cuisines in Kerala have an abundance of rice, tapioca, coconut, and a wide range of spices. The foreign influence on the foods is precisely evident. The Malabar region serves the Moplah cuisine, which the locals learned from the traders who visited there. The Portuguese dish, Cassava is widely served in Kerala. Sadhya is served during Onam festival in the state; it comprises boiled rice along with a lot of vegetarian dishes. It is served on a huge banana leaf. Because of its proximity to the sea, the Kerala cuisines are also rich in fish, mussels, crabs, and prawns.
The rich flora and fauna of Kerala make it a home to a vast variety of species. The national parks and wildlife sanctuaries are there to conserve the natural habitat of rare birds and animals. Two tiger reserves, six national parks, and fourteen wildlife sanctuaries are open to the public to witness endangered and protected species like Lion-Tailed Macaque, Indian Sloth-Bear, Indian Bison, Nilgiri Tahr, Bengal Tiger, etc.
Rejuvenation Tourism is an entire concept in Kerala where the tourists come to live in the region for a long time and revive their being. The age-old health practices, yoga session, and meditation classes transport you to the ancient times and let you take pleasure in simple things.
Kochi in Kerala is known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea; each building in the city whispers a parable of the Portuguese traders, Chinese visitors, Jewish settlers, Muslim merchants, and Syrian Christians. Just like all other places around the world, Kerala has its own stories of external influences, but the state has still managed to preserve its culture and performing arts forms. You can still see the locals practicing dance forms like Kathakali, Kalaripayattu, and Mohiniyattam. The Thrissur Pooram carnival is called the festival of festivals and is famous all through the world. You can come to Kerala for an eternity and never feel like returning home.