About Kerala

KERALA – THE GODS OWN COUNTRY

With the Arabian Sea in the west, the Western Ghats towering 500-2700 m in the east and networked by 44 rivers, Kerala enjoys unique geographical features that have made it one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Asia. An equable climate, A long shoreline with serene beaches, Tranquil stretches of emerald backwaters, Lush hill stations and exotic wildlife, Waterfalls, Sprawling plantations and paddy fields, Ayurvedic health holidays, Enchanting art forms, Magical festivals, Historic and cultural monuments and An exotic cuisine. All of which offer you a unique experience. And what’s more, each of these charming destinations is only a two hour drive from the other – a singular advantage no other destination offers.

Colorful Kerala is an enchanting kaleidoscope full of breathtaking surprises .The equable climate, serene beaches, tranquil stretches of backwaters, lush hill stations and exotic wildlife, waterfalls, sprawling plantations and paddy fields made it as one of the sought after tourist destinations in Asia. To a tourist, Kerala offers one of the best beaches in the country at Kovalam and one of the finest wildlife sanctuaries at Thekkady. Though this land is busy raising valuable cash crops like tea, rubber, cardamom, coffee and cashew nut, but, it still lives at the leisurely pace of ageless craft plying in canals and backwaters. These salient features made this small land as one of the best ten paradises of the world by the National Geographic traveler.

 Kerala at a Glance

With the Arabian Sea in the west, the Western Ghats towering 500-2700 m in the east and networked by forty-four rivers, Kerala enjoys diverse geographical features. Kerala is divided into three geographical regions: Highlands, which slope down from the Western Ghats onto the Midlands of undulating hills and valleys into an unbroken coastline with many picturesque backwaters, interconnected with canals and rivers. The Western Ghats are nowhere more than 120 kms from the sea.
Bestowed with a pleasant and equable climate throughout the year, Kerala is a tropical land with the coast running down its entire length and the Western Ghats forming a protective barrier against the dry winds from up north. The monsoons (June-September & October-November) and summer (February-May) are the seasons markedly experienced here, while winter is only a slight drop in temperature from the normal range of 28-32°C.
Kerala is one of India’s most progressive states in terms of social welfare and quality of life. The State boasts of one of India’s highest literacy rates, highest life expectancy and lowest child mortality rates. The literacy rate for women is one of the highest in all of Asia. Enjoying a unique cosmopolitan viewpoint, the people of Kerala, at all levels of society, have greater access to services and opportunities – as well as a greater say in their governance.
Kerala’s history is closely linked with its commerce, which until recent times revolved around its spice trade. Celebrated as the Spice Coast of India, ancient Kerala played host to travelers and traders from across the world including the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch, French and the British. Almost all of them have left their imprint on this land in some form or the other – architecture, cuisine, literature.

“God’s own country.
Or a heaven on earth.
Place full of mountains,greenery and streams, Oh Kerala! God created you with utmost care”

- Jason Anderson

Location

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Kerala is situated on the southwestern coast of India, a country in South Asia. This tropical paradise enjoys a unique topography with Arabian sea, a part of the Indian Ocean on the west and the Western Ghats on the east.

One of the most connected states in India, Kerala can be reached mainly through air, rail and road. The geography of Kerala is unique as it is located between mountains and forests on one side, and the sea on the other.

 

 

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