Some general information about Kerala

Kerala, Gods Own Country…

“equitable climate, long shoreline with tranquil beaches, serene stretches of emerald backwaters, verdant hill stations, exotic wildlife, waterfalls, sprawling plantations and paddy fields, ayurvedic treatments, enchanting art forms, magical festivals, historic and cultural monuments… this is Kerala”

Sandwiched between the Lakshwadeep Sea and the Western Ghats, Kerala is bordered by the state of Karnataka to the north, Tamil Nadu to the east, and the Arabian Sea to the west. No wonder, it is being regarded as the God's own country.

Kerala, with only 540 kms in length and an approximate 120 Kms of width, is a charming little state with myriad number of natural gifts to attract the tourists. The climate and hospitality being offered by the hosts allow the tourists to enjoy a stress less stay.

Click to enlarge A village scene

The natural advantage of Kerala lies in its unique features like equitable climate, long shoreline with tranquil beaches, serene stretches of emerald backwaters, verdant hill stations, exotic wildlife, waterfalls, sprawling plantations and paddy fields, Ayurvedic health holidays, enchanting art forms, magical festivals, historic and cultural monuments etc. Over and above, most of these destinations are separated by only a few hours drive. No other tourism spot can boast of such an advantage.

It is only a matter of few hours for the traveler to get himself rescued from a 5 º C temperature of Munnar to a beach which marks a temperature of + 20 º C. After a ride on a Kettuvallam in the tranquil and spacious backwaters, a tourist can enjoy the ride on a more adventurous and primitive kattamaran being used by the local fishermen for fishing in the deep sea. Within a limited space Kerala unleashes innumerable opportunities for unlimited fun filled with extreme actions.

Awards & Accolades received by Gods Own Country…

  • International Award for Leisure Tourism (2000 - 2001) – “Pacific Area Travel Writer´s Association”
  • Best State that promoted tourism in India (2000) – “Outlook Traveler & Travel Agents Association of India”
  • Best Performing State Award (1999 - 2000) – “Government of India”
  • State of Enlightenment status accorded to Kerala Tourism – “National Geographical Traveler, April Issue”

Most districts in Kerala are unique in one way or the other. Apart from the fact that Thiruvananthapuram is the capital of Kerala it is known for many tourism spots like Kovalam beach, Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple and various museums and palaces; Alappuzha for it's backwaters, Idukki for its mesmerizing hill stations, Thrissur the cultural capital, Kozhikode for it's old world charm and the entrancing Wayanad for its natural genuineness.

The People

Kerala is also known for its ethnic diversity. Majority of Keralites uphold the legacy of the Dravidians. A small portion of the population is descendants of Indo-European migrants from the North. Certain hill tribes exhibit affinities with the Negrito peoples of Southeast Asia. Most of the Keralites followed the Hindu religion, but there are also minority communities like Christians, Islams, Jains and Jews.

The official language of Kerala is Malayalam. Persistent contacts with the outside world have contributed for the formation of an intriguing blend of culture and a cosmopolitan outlook.

How to Reach Kerala

Air: The three airports in the state are at Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode. All these airports meet international standards and connect the state with places across the globe.

Rail: There are around 200 railway stations in Kerala having trains connected to almost all corners in the sub continent. Long-distance express trains tie the state with important places outside Kerala like Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata.

Road: Kerala has an extensive network of roads connecting to different parts of the state and its neighbors. National highways 47, 17, and 49 connect Kerala with other parts of India.

Climate of Kerala
Click to enlarge Workers processing coconut husk

Kerala has an equitable climate that varies little from season to season. The temperature normally ranges between 27º C and 32º C in the plains but drops to about 21º C in the highlands.

Winter: The temperature in Kerala during winter season averages between 32º C and 20º C. Kerala is strongly buffeted by both the southwest and northeast monsoons. Rainfall in many parts of the state exceeds 118 cms. Best season: October to March.



Population of Kerala

33 million.

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