Friday, January 4, 2013

Kerala - God's Own Country

Kerala is blessed with spectacular natural beauty that never ceases to amaze tourists who flock in large numbers to visit this coastal piece of land. On the East of this scenic beauty are the mighty, lush green Western Ghats. The Arabian Sea with its blue water lagoons graces it on the west. The serenity of pristine backwaters of Kerala is world–renowned and is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Kerala.  When the sun, sand and beaches of Kerala are combined, it truly deserves the epithet– ‘God’s Own Country.’

Some interesting places that have gained recognition from tourists are the wildlife and elephants of Periyar, the Tea plantations and spices of Munnar, the Backwaters of Alleppey andthe golden beaches of Kovalam and Varkala. Various other notable tourist destinations that must be at the top of your must–visit destination are as follows:

Alappuzha (Alleppey)

It is hailed as the Venice of the East &it is famous for its boat races, backwater holidays, beaches, marine products and coir industry. Another delightful experience while in Alappuzha is a houseboat cruise.


A small hill station in Kerala, Munnar is marked by vast expanses of tea plantations, colonial bungalows, rivulets, waterfalls and cool weather. It is also an ideal destination for trekking and mountain biking. Just a few kilometers away from Munnar, you can also visit the Mattupetty Lake. You can avail facilities for travelers. For the view of breathtaking nature do not forget to carry a pair of binoculars.


The Periyar forests of Thekkady are one of the finest wildlife reserves in India. Picturesque plantations and hill towns provide great opportunities for treks and mountain walks in Thekkady. The Periyar Lake near Thekkady is a manmadelake and one has to buy tickets in advance for enjoying the boat rides here. 


Palm–fringed Kovalam beach is an internationally renowned beach with three adjacent crescent beaches. It is a true paradise for honeymooners and individuals who want to relax in the true beauty of nature.


Varkala offers excellent accommodation facilities for tourists and is fast becoming a popular health resort with many Ayurvedic massage centres. If you want to relax and rejuvenate, this is the most preferred destination.


The imposing fort at Bekal is one of the largest and best preserved forts in Kerala. The beautiful expanse of the shallow beach near the Bekal fort known as Bekal Fort Beach and has been developed as an exotic beach location. The beach gets illuminated during the evening hours so that tourists can spend more time at the beach even after the sun set.

Besides leisure and relaxation, there are plenty of outdoor activities that one can enjoy in Kerala. Since Kerala backwaters offer a serene environment, canoeing is a great experience there. Some other hotspots for adventurous activities include Kollam Backwaters Karumadi Lake, Kayamkulam and Ashtamudi Lake.

Kerala is truly a paradise. If you haven’t been there, you must visit it to experience Kerala’s divine beauty!

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