Kerala

Kerala or Keralam is an Indian state located on the Malabar coast of southwest India. It was created on 1 November 1956 by the States Reorganisation Act, and it combined various Malayalam speaking regions. The state has an area of 38,863 km2 (15,005 sq mi) and is bordered by Karnataka to the north and northeast, Tamil Nadu to the south and southeast and the Arabian Sea towardsthe west.

Kerala popularly known as Gods Own Country is truly a blessed land with all the natural attractions and most modern amenties. A tropical state located in the southern tip of india , kerala is famous for its backwaters, beaches , hills, house boats , wild life, adventure, culture, traditions art forms , ayurveda,monsoon, greenery and everything else in between.

A majority of the people of Kerala are Dravidians, who also inhibit most of the southern part of India. Hinduism is the principal religion with considerable percentages of Muslims and Christians. The craftsmen of Kerala here can pick up the humblest and meanest bits of material and imbue them with magical mastery. Woodcarving is the most important of craft forms that this state has developed. Kathakali is a 300-year-old dance form developed exclusively in Kerala combining the performing art forms of opera, ballet, masque, and pantomime. The dance is a beautiful blending of color, dance, music, drama, and expressions. In a sense, a lot of the fame that the state has gained is mainly due to the popularity of this dance form. Other dance forms of Kerala are Krishnanattom, Mohiniyattom, Thullal, Koodiyattom, Kolkkali, Thiruvathirakali, Kakkarishi Natakom, Oppanna, and Chavittunatakom. Panchavadyam, Nadanpattu, Omanathinkal Kidavo and many more music forms have evolved over the centuries in Kerala.

Onam is a time for sports and festivities and in Kerala-where one third of the area is low lying, covered with canals, lakes, and backwaters-the people take to their boats and country crafts to celebrate. Christmas is another festival that is celebrated with much vigor and enthusiasm in the state. Other important festivals of Kerala are Eid, Muharram, and other festivals that are traditionally celebrated all over the country.

Places to Visit

Hot Destinations Lakes Hill Stations
Cochin Akkulam Lake Chembra Peak
Munnar Mananchira Chithirapuram
Varkalar Veeranpuzha Devikulam
Poovar Vellayani Lake Idukki
Kumarakom Paravur Kayal Lakkidi