God’s Own Country – Kerala



Kerala – As soon as the name strikes in your mind, the images of crystal clear back water lagoons, palm fringed beaches, tranquil villages and greenery in abundance take the space. God has blessed this land with bounties of nature and no doubt why is it called God’s own Country. Truly it is! Named as one of the ‘Ten Paradises of the World’ and ‘Fifty Places of a Lifetime’ by the National Geographic Traveler Magazine, this place is the most sought after tourist destination for tourists in India and abroad.

God's own country Kerala

The rhythmic backwaters, the forestlands, a wide variety of flora and fauna, sun kissed beaches, pilgrim centres, historic buildings, the ever alluring tranquility of this place leaves the tourists fall in love with it.

The season to visit never ends in Kerala, thanks to the equable climate. This stste of India has gained a Pan global reputation for its rejuvenation therapy in Ayurveda which also let the visitor flock it time and again. Most of India’s finest beaches are in Kerala, the internationally renowned is the Kovalam. A beautiful bay of calm waters presents a plenty of leisure options. Ideal for sunbathing, swimming and rejuvenating body massages, this beach attracts everyone.

Kovalam beach Kerala

A boat trip across the back waters of Kerala is a tranquilizing and relaxing experience.  Enjoy the comforts of luxurious houseboat and appreciate the village life. Kumarakoram is called the world of wonders. The sight of backwater village life, the green shores, the pure natural beauty will mesmerize you. Enjoy the beauty of Pathiramanal, a small island amidst backwaters is a splendor. To find specimens of Kerala’s rich tradition, visit Vaikom. You will find many interesting sights and mix of diverse lifestyles here. Not to forget that it is also a famous backwater destination.

Kumarakoram

Do not miss to taste the delicious Kerala snacks on your visit to Thanneermukkom, a village known for Salt Water Barrier. It is the largest mud regulator in India. The visit to Kumbalangi will welcome you with the beautiful sights of Chinese fishing nets and Pokkali cultivation.  Forts and historic monuments are in plenty in Kerala. The historic Bekal Fort offers a magnificent view of the Arabian Sea from its tall observation towers. Tsome of these forts were built during the Portuguese. So you will find impact of Portuguese culture in them. You can visit East Fort, Poonjar Palace, Koyikkal Palace.

Koyikkal Palace

The nature enthusiasts will be on their toes all the times. After they have experienced the rich beauty of beaches and backwaters, they will definitely go for a relaxing body massage once they visit 14 wildlife sanctuaries. Periyar wildlife sanctuaries, Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary are a few from the list where you will appreciate the stunning mix of flora and fauna.

The aroma of spices from endless acres of plantations of cardamom, vanilla, pepper, tea and coffee is simply magical. The place is also known for its picnic spots. Locals and visitors flock the Akkulam tourist village, Veli Tourist Village, Kallar on weekends. This place is truly God’s own country with every marvel of the nature complementing the other.

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  1. Carla says:

    We went to Kerela in the end of monsoons(August end)…Moving along the backwaters was perfect during the day..the gentle breeze provided natural air-conditioning…

    EVERYTHING was so PERFECT…The houseboat on which we stayed at Alleppey was really awesome..We were staying in a huge two-bedroom houseboat..We opted for a non-ac as it was very pleasant..At nights we shut down the windows and still it was very cozy!!! I was really happy at the price we got complete meals snacks and drinks less than our budget..

    The staff was awesome, amiable, showing us and telling us amusing tales..They cooked us delicious food including huge fresh water prawns bought at a waterside shop!

    All along the houseboat sailed in the cool and calm waters..The captain made sure we settled at the ideal spot when the sun set-”VERY ROMANTIC”!!

  2. Max Schreiner says:

    Cochin is the best base for backwaters..Both popular backwater destinations are only one and a half hour away from both Allapuzza and Kumarkom..

    Kerela is Venice with kingfishers and the sight of locals making coir ropes..Kuttandu Dykes is a pace really seeing worthwhile it is the only place in the world where farming is done below sea level..!!!

  3. Doss Rudd says:

    The backwaters of Kerela are quite famous..Actually they are chains of lagoons lying parallel to the Arabian coast, also known as Malabar coast..

    Traveling to the backwaters is one of the high points of the Kerela visit!

    The house boats are slow moving, huge and exotic barges used for leisure trips…

    They are reworked models of Kettuvallams.. “Kettu” means “tied with ropes” and “Vallam” means “boat” which in earlier times were used to carry rice and boats..

  4. Erica Smithson says:

    I’d been to Kerela last year our flight was via Mumbai to Kerela…When we were about to land at the Cochin airport, I caught the heavenly glimpse of millions of coconut trees from my window all covered with a light fog..The sight was so amazing and green that it has stayed in the eye of my mind ever since then!!

    I, along with my grandpa and aunt stayed at Cochin for 2 days, where we saw many historical forts and ate South Indian food at the local restaurants! The dosas were huge and there were 10 types of chutneys(coconut gravy) to be had with it…Yummy food! The people are warm and friendly, and even the locals understand English..

  5. Jacques Doyle says:

    We stayed 2 nights at Munnar and Thekkady the beautiful foggy hill stations…Since we went there in August end, the climate was really pleasant..It used to get really cold at nights and early mornings were beautiful! ThePeriyar lake we visited this place in afternoon,…At first we felt light breeze, but as soon as the boat started sailing, the breeze grew stronger..You had to hold on tightly to the rod or stands if you were standing!

    Our next destination was the Alapuzza village where we stayed in the lavish houseboat for a day enjoying the beautiful sunsets and delicious vegetarian meals..!!(Non-vegetarian is also available, but you must try the pure local cuisine which is very delicious).

    We then headed to Kovalam…The beaches are beautiful and clean..I felt so thrilled on stepping into the sand and when the soft waters of the sea jumped softly over my feet! The atmosphere was so tranquil and the evening breeze and the soft sounds of the people around added to the overall impact..I had a great time of my life here at Kerela..!

  6. Dr Dre says:

    Kerela is truly amazing place on Earth! Thanks alot for so much of information and thanks to the other readers for sharing their experiences about this heaven on Earth!

  7. Evan Iglesius says:

    Thank you so much..India has got so many beautiful places, Taj Mahal, Kashmir Valley, Kerela…

    India is culturally really very rich..It has got very rich heritage…

    It is not for nothing that it is called the ‘Land of God’..
    Keep posting! :-)

  8. Latha says:

    I just relocated from Kerala. This article brings back good memories. If you are planning your next trip to Kerala, plan after the Monsoons preferably October or November.
    It’s a good time. Also June is good. Houseboats are good but pricy, it’s affordable if you travel as a group.

    If you are from France or a French speaking country look online for a local French group. They know how to get a good French speaking guide, cheap rooms and more.

    Travel agencies are also a help – they charge money but the packages are worth it.

    Yes carry a mosquito repellant, portable water purifier, clean bedspreads (cotton), loose fitting clothing for summer, and a small sweater for winter.

    Check out the Ayurveda retreats, they are good as well.
    .-= Latha´s last blog ..Stuff Your List Full Of Buyers And Start Seeing Five and Six Figures =-.

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