One of the major reasons that make Kerala a popular holiday destination is its backwater stretch. The backwaters is made up of a network of more than 900 kms of brackish lagoons of interconnected waterways fed by 44 rivers, covering about half the state of Kerala.
With a long coastline of 550kms, Kerala is home to some of the country?s best beaches. Over 20 spectacular beaches of pristine white sands, picture perfect sunsets, safe swimming, and a good variety of beach activities like kayaking
Besides the exhilarating backwaters, the serene beaches and the luxuriant green reserves of Kerala, the coffee and tea gardens are destinations in themselves. Coffee orchards cover a total area of about 682 hectares. Gavi, Munnar and Nenmara are popular coffee plantation regions.
Kettuvalloms or houseboats are typical Keralan boats that were used in the early days for the transport of rice and spices from the villages to the ports. Literally, it means ?boat of knots? because the boat was held together with knots of coir without the aid of a single nail.
Ayurveda or the "Science of Life" practiced for more than 5,000 years, is India?s gift to the world. It is a natural holistic treatment that lays emphasis not just on the cure of physical ailments but also to its prevention. It is a complete naturalistic treatment system that treats not just the affected part
Dating back to the 17th century, this traditional dance of Kerala, literally meaning ?story-play?, is a sort of a dance-drama theatre. Artistes in elaborate make-up and heavy costumes enact stories from the great epics Mahabharat, Ramayana, and the ancient scriptures
The Chinese fishing nets or Cheena vala of Kochi are believed to be Chinese in origin. Having been an important spice trading centre and having attracted traders from all over the world, it is probable the Chinese who had come here to trade, had introduced it.
Kerala is home to many aromatic delights ? pepper, cinnamon, cloves, bay, cardamom, vanilla and nutmeg. Besides giving life to most dishes, spices are high on therapeutic value. Many home-stay arrangements are available in these spice farms
With a total forest cover of 10,336 sq kms, Kerala provides a natural habitat for diverse wildlife. The steep topography creates great variation in climate and soil conditions, resulting in high levels of bio-diversity. The Western Ghats, with its diverse physical environment
Said to be the oldest, most scientific and comprehensive form of martial art in the world today, it originated in South India. It is believed to have originated in the 12th century and was practiced by the Chera warriors against the Cholas.
Festivals are integral to the character of Kerala, and Onam the annual harvest festival (Aug/Sep) is the biggest one. It marks the homecoming of the legendary King Mahabali and is stretched over ten days of which the first and tenth days are most important. Onam is a time for rituals
During the months of August ? September, Kerala comes alive with festivity at the boat races, the biggest and most spectacular events of Kerala. The boat race is probably the largest team sport in the world, involving four helmsmen, 25 singers and 100-125 oarsmen on long
Thrissur Pooram, held in the Malayalam month of Medam (April/May) is the most colourful and spectacular temple festival of Kerala. It consists of a procession of richly adorned elephants from neighbouring temples to the Vadakumnathan temple.
One of the major reasons that make Kerala a great holiday destination is its backwater stretch made up of a network of more than 900 kms of brackish lagoons fed by 44 rivers, covering about half the state of Kerala. Man-made canals and waterways connect villages