India's most advanced society : A hundred percent literate people.
World-class health care systems. India's lowest infant mortality and highest
life expectancy rates. The highest physical quality of life in India.
Peaceful and pristine, Kerala is also India's cleanest State.
With the Arabian Sea in the west, the Western Ghats towering 500-2700 m
in the east and networked by forty four rivers, Kerala enjoys unique
geographical features that have made it one of the most sought after
tourist destinations in Asia. An equable climate. A long shoreline with
serene beaches. Tranquil streches of emerald backwaters. Lush hill
stations and exotic wildlife. Waterfalls. Sprawling plantations and paddy
fields. Ayurvedic health holidays. Enchanting art forms. Magical
festivals. Historic and cultural monuments. An exotic cuisine... All of
which offer you a unique experience. And what's more, every one of these
charming destinations is only a two hour drive from the other. A singular
advantage no other destination offers.
For administrative purpose, the state of Kerala is divided into fourteen
districts. Most of these districts offer all the tourism products typical
of the State.
Backwaters » Alappuzha Backwaters
Kerala is on the southernmost tip of
India. It stretches along the coast of the Arabian Sea and is separated
from the rest of the sub continent by the steep Western Ghats. The state
lies between 80 18 ' and 120 48 ' north latitude and 740 52' and 770 22'
east longitude. The breadth of the state varies from 32 kms in the extreme
north and south to over 120 kms in the middle.
you are nourishing the idea of spending some good time, amidst the sights
and sounds of the hydrosphere, then step into a country boat and wind
through the labyrinth of canals in Alappuzha. While cruising through these
canals, one would come across many interesting aspects of day-to-day life on
the land as well as on water.
» Kuttanad Backwaters
Kuttanad, the rice
bowl of Kerala is all about an agrarian community, striking a chord of
harmony with its physical setting. Noted for its farming below sea level
(about 4 to 10 feet) the land of Kuttanad possesses a socio-cultural
fabric of its own. Four major rivers in Kerala viz. Pampa, Meenachil,
Achankovil and Manimala flow into the region.
» Pathiramanal Backwaters
small island on the backwaters of Alappuzha,is a haven for hundreds of
rare birds migrating from different parts of the world.Surrounded by the
Vembanad Lake,stretching from Alappuzha to Kochi and the Kayamkulam
lake,Pathiramanal is accessible only by boat.The green island thus forms
an ideal place for a break in the journey while on a backwater cruise.The
mainland Alappuzha has a vast network of lakes, lagoons and fresh water
rivers criss crossing it and is a district of immense natural beauty.
» QST & R Block Kayals Backwaters
& R Block Kayals (backwaters) remind the visitor of the famous dikes
of Holland.A striking example of the indigenous agricultural engineering
know-how,here cultivation and habitation are made possible at four to ten
feet below the sea level.For this purpose extensive land has been
reclaimed from the backwaters and is protected by dikes built around it.A
leisurely cruise along the canals here is a memorable experience.
» Sasthamkotta Backwaters
situated about 29 kms from Kollam town, can be rightly called the 'Queen
of Lakes'. This vast fresh water lake flanked by hills on three sides is
the largest of its kind in Kerala. The ancient Sastha Temple, which lends
its name to the town, is an important pilgrim centre. This temple
dedicated to both Lord Ganesha and Lord Ayyappa is surrounded by hills and
forests, and the monkeys inhabiting the premises are considered holy. The
monkeys of Sasthamkotta are believed to be the faithful entourage of the
ruling deity, the Dharmasastha and therefore they have a spiritual
ambience about them. The monkeys are devotee-friendly, and the thousands
of devotees visiting the temple take pleasure in feeding these monkeys
with nuts and fruits.
Museums in Kerala
Ambalavayal Heritage Museum
Ambalavayal Heritage Museum
Madhavan Nayar Foundation
Napier Museum & Art Gallery
Pazhassiraja Museum and Art Gallery
Tea Museum- Munnar
The Hill Palace Museum
The Museum of Kerala
Beaches in Kerala
Fort Beach, Kasaragod
Kappad Beach, Kozhikode
Monuments in Kerala
Koyikkal Palace, Nedumangad
Kunchan Smarakam, Palakkad
Shakthan Thampuran Palace, Thrissur
Synagogue at Chennamangalam