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Kerala – with it’s Beautiful destinations

 Exotic beaches, beautiful landscape, serene mountains, peaceful backwaters, vibrant culture – Kerala is truly God’s own country!

Kerala conjures up images that even a wizard would find hard to match. A tiny state in South India, Kerala has become a dominant player in the tourism sector. Word of Kerala’s exotic beauty and languid charm has reached the farthest corners of the world and tourists from far and near, from different cultures and religions, come together in Kerala to celebrate the colours of mother nature.

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So, why is Kerala such a sought after destination? The best thing about Kerala is that you could ask for the sky here and you would not be refused! You can ask for the most beautiful beaches, you can ask for the most poetic hill stations, you can ask for the most pristine backwaters – and you will get them all in Kerala.

While some might like to spend a major time of their holiday on one of the beautiful beaches of Kovalam or Kozhikode, others might prefer spending their time in the serenity of beautiful hill stations like Munnar and Thekkady. Cochin, the capital city of Kerala, is a city steeped in ancient history and vibrant culture. The colonial landmarks draw a lot of attention from tourists, as do the buzzing markets of Cochin.

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Languid and calm, the backwaters of Kerala are definitely a must visit. The backwaters in Cochin, Kumarakom, and Alapuzzha see a generous flow of tourists throughout the year. The houseboats on the backwaters are floating vessels of peace and solitude and are much sought after by honeymoon couples. It is hard to imagine a more romantic setting than being on a floating boat in the serene backwaters of Kerala.

Apart from the usual tourist delights, Kerala is also home to some of the most sacred and religious places in India. The Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple receives a huge number of devotees every year from all over the world. Another equally prominent and sacred temple is the Sabarimala Sree Ayyappa Temple. Kerala is a mix of sublime beaches, sanguine backwaters, peaceful hill stations, sacred temples, and an ever evolving culture. All of this makes Kerala what it is fondly called – God’s Own Country.

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Destinations to Visit:

Munnar

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  • Tea PlantationsThere are quite a few varieties of tea that adorn the tea plantations of Munnar. These vast stretches of green give you the opportunity to observe different varieties of the tea leaves in their formative stages.
  • ClimateMunnar’s climate is mild and remains cool throughout the year. Even during the summers, the maximum temperature does not exceed 25 degree Celsius. The cool climate provides you with the ideal opportunity to indulge in activities such as mountain biking and trekking.
  • Rare Flora and Fauna SpeciesMunnar is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna such as the Nilgiri Tahar, the Grizzled Giant Squirrel, Nilgiri Wood-Pigeon, Elephant, Gaur, Nilgiri Langur and Sambar Deer.
  • SpicesMunnar is well known for the wide variety of spices it has to offer. Different kinds of spices you will find in Munnar include Ginger, Garlic, Cardamom, Vanilla, Pepper, Cinnamon, Cloves and Nutmeg. Apart from that the Coffee and Tea cultivated in the region are also popular.

Thekkady

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  • Wildlife of Periyar SanctuaryThe Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a wide variety of animals and trees. The wild animals to look out for and capture in the kaleidoscope of your camera include the Sambar Deer, Nilgiri Tahr, Wild Pigs, Nilgiri Langur and the highly endangered Lion-Tailed Macaque.
  • ClimateThe climate in Thekkady generally remains cool and pleasant throughout the year except for a couple of months in the summer when the temperature touches the 36 degree Celsius mark. The mild climate makes it easier for you to indulge in various activities such as jungle expedition, trekking and bamboo rafting.
  • Plethora of ActivitiesThere are plenty of invigorating fun activities to choose from – nature walks, the Periyar trail, boating, bamboo rafting, trekking, plantation visits and much more. The Periyar Trail is an exciting and unique excursion tour, which takes the tourists deep into the wilds of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.

Kovalam

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  • BeachesThe beaches of Kovalam are truly beautiful and magnificent. Apart from a number of private beaches, the most famous beaches of Kovalam are the Lighthouse Beach, Hawa Beach (Eve’s beach) and Samudra Beach.There are a host of activities you can enjoy on the beach, like beach volleyball, surfing, sunbathing, massages and much more.
  • SeafoodKovalam has a variety of restaurants and eateries that serve seafood. From delicious prawns to delectable lobsters; your craving for seafood is sure to be satiated in Kovalam.
  • Ayurvedic MassagesKovalam is known for its traditional Ayurvedic massages. The massage is extremely relaxing and releases tension from the body and mind. This is an experience that you certainly don’t want to miss out on!There are stalls at the Lighthouse beach offering Ayurvedic massages and almost all hotels and resorts in Kovalam have a spa with Ayurvedic wellness treatments on offer.

Alleppey

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  • BackwatersAmong the attractions of Alleppey, the backwaters hold the numero uno spot. The intricately woven networks of inland waterways connecting the backwaters paint a picture of perfection.
  • Scenic BeautyThe ravishing beauty of Alleppey is a visual treat to behold. From the backwaters to the beaches, from the green paddy fields to the temples, everything about Alleppey is intertwined in an ageless beauty.

Cochin

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  • BeachesThe beaches of Cochin are a fun place to be. The ocean, the palm trees, the sandy beach and the crashing waves make for a relaxing experience. Beach activities include beach volleyball, surfing, swimming and jet skiing.
  • Cochin CarnivalPerhaps the best time to be in Cochin is during the New Year. The atmosphere during this time is electrifying owing to the Cochin Carnival. Scintillating dance performances, animated shows, concerts and mesmerizing parades light up this extraordinary carnival.

Kumarakom

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  • Peaceful SettingAway from the madness of city life, Kumarakom is an escape to a wonderland of peace and tranquility.
  • FoodKumarakom is famed for its delicious cuisine. The local delicacies are a delightful combination of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, though both have a generous sprinkling of spices.

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