Kerala tourism resource guide covers best Kerala tourist destinations and various things to do in Kerala. As a traveler, how would you react if you find a single destination which has a variety of tourist attraction? You must be wonder and definitely say O God it’s really your own country and obviously, this tagline fits for Kerala tourism. Kerala is known as “God’s own country” because of its wide range of different and enchanting beauties that attracts travelers and tourists from all over the globe in millions. Kerala is also comprised by National Geographic Traveler in the list of top 50 lifetime destinations and also get ranked 13 among paradises in the world. Kerala Tourism offers some great things to do and leaves tourists with unforgettable holiday experience through its mesmerizing mountains, dense forests, spectacular beaches, serene backwaters and enriched culture.
A Brief Overview of Kerala Tourism
The state of Kerala is located in Malabar seashore which has approx 600 km stretch of Arabian Sea in the deeper part of South India. There are many beautiful beach resorts to be found in Kerala’s seashore which offers a healthy stay with Ayurvedic massage and treatment in between lap of nature. The wide network of water canals, backwaters are interconnected and very popular among tourists for the houseboats and cruise-lines. Bird watching is trendy tourism activity in such area for Kerala tourism. Inner land of eastern Kerala has a charming mountain range called the Western Ghats and their hill supports to reach wildlife including a variety of flora and fauna. Apart from it, it is also known for the paradise of spices, coffee & tea plantation.
According to Google’s index report released in the year 2012, Kerala had become the most searchable destination overtook Tajmahal of Agra. These days Kerala has also become a very famous destination for Ayurveda or Medical tourism. Beach resorts of Kovalam near Trivandrum offers Ayurvedic treatments against different physical problems. They also organize Yoga session under expert’s supervision throughout the year for the tourists. In the mid-decade of 80’s Govt. of Kerala decided to develop tourism as a major industry after identified its ultimate potential and became the first state to do so within India. Consequently, the govt agency KTDC (Kerala Tourism Development Corporation) started a full-fledged marketing campaign to make Kerala tourism famous among travelers. They gave a tagline which suits and promote different tourism activities in the state with Kerala, “God’s own country.” They spread the curiosity among the people of India with the help of different campaign, ad films, digital marketing, banners, posters etc thus, the domestic tourist arrivals increased year by year and currently Kerala has comprised in the list of top destinations in the world. KTDC started and launched different tourism products such as ecotourism, Ayurvedic tourism, backwater tourism, adventure tourism, wildlife tourism, medical tourism etc with the help of many private agencies being succeeded to pull the huge number of domestic and foreign tourists.
Moderate climate of Kerala supports it for tourism activities throughout the year even in the mean time of monsoon whether related to South-West monsoon in summer or North-West monsoon in winter, Kerala always ready to greet their tourists uniquely and that’s why they have emphasized on visit Kerala in monsoon to attract the people in rainy days to see the beauty of Kerala. Hence, monsoon has become a best season for visiting Kerala.
From the tourism point of view, the destinations of Kerala can be mainly divided into following components such as Kerala beaches, hill stations in Kerala, backwaters in Kerala which also contain places of historical and cultural significance. Altogether are backbones for Kerala tourism.
Role of Culture in Kerala Tourism
Kerala Tourism cannot be complete without understanding the local’s rich culture including their cuisines, festivals and rituals. First of all travelers need to know the wide range of Keralian cuisines which are best in taste, after all Kerala is spice garden of India. Kerala offers both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food.
“Sadya” which is a typical vegetarian meal served with boiled rice and a host of side-dishes such as sambar, rasam & buttermilk served on a banana leaf especially during special occasions and festivals. “Payasam”, a dessert served with sadya at the end as per custom.
Malabar Biryani is another famous and special cuisine of Kerala which is preferably cooked with chicken, rice and blended spices. Cuisines of Green mussel are another specialty. Various serving dishes are made of it. Crab, Prawn and other shellfish are frequently used, as well by people of Kerala in different location. They generally use coconut oil to cook the food. They cook many of pure vegetarian special cuisine offering in their rituals, as usual found not only in Kerala but all of south India.
Onam is a community based and considered to be a harvest festival celebrated in Kerala in the month of August-September for 10 days. Onam is known as state festival & also play a very important role under overall Kerala Tourism including cultural tourism. The festival lasts for 10 days beginning on the fortnight of the Malayalam New Year. Being the most important festival, It is celebrated throughout Kerala with full enthusiasm and joy. Different cultural programs and activities is organized all over the state which present folk dances and music. Vamana Temple located in Kochi is thronged by people across the Kerala and tourists all over the world to get a glimpse of extravaganza celebration of the festival. Peoples make pookalam from many of colourful flowers in houses on day one and keep it for next 10 days. Similarly, as north Indians make Rangoli from different colourful powder. Onam festival ends on 10th day when King Mahabali was sent back to Pathalam (netherworld) by Vamana, as per mythological story. Apart from this myth, this day is considered promising being birthdays of several deities of various temples located in Kerala.
How to Reach Kerala
Accessibility to major cities in Kerala is possible by all possible mode of transport i.e. Air, Rail and Road. The capital city Trivendrum (Thiruvananthapuram) is very nicely connected to approx all key airports located in metro cities of India and from some of the gulf countries as well. Similarly Kerala have two other major domestic and international airports located in Kochi and Calicut and they are also connected from metros like Delhi, Banglore, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai etc.
The state of Kerala is nicely connected through rail network from all major parts of India. Important railway stations of Kerala are located in city such as Ernakulam, Kozhikode, Palakkad, Thiruvananthapuram and Shornur.
Kerala is very well connected through road network from all over the country. You can enjoy a long drive by road to take entry toward cities in Kerala from any part of India and experience the activities for Kerala tourism.
Best Time to Visit Kerala
From mid October to March is supposed to be best season for tourism in Kerala. The Peak Season for Kerala tourism being starts from April & end in the month of June. If you want to experience the wildlife closely, you may visit Kerala in monsoon. Visiting Kerala in monsoon is also quite good for Ayurvedic treatment at health resorts located in various destinations.