Kerala Tourism - God's Own Country - Archive of OTDYKH Leisure-2018

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Winding waterways, unspoilt beaches, rejuvenating Ayurveda, rich art forms, colourful festivals, delightful cuisine... Kerala, the green land that adorns the southwestern tip of India is fast becoming a haven for the world-weary traveller. Acclaimed by the National Geographic Traveler as 'one of the ten paradises of the world’, Kerala offers not just a bounty of unparalleled natural attractions, but a world of peace and serenity. That makes an experience in God’s Own Country truly out-of-this-world.

Beaches
Thanks to a 600 km long coastline that extends its entire length, 9 out of Kerala’s 14 districts have a beach to flaunt. Serene, secluded and spellbinding, some of them are among the best in the world.
While Kovalam is perhaps the most famous of beaches, there are several lesser known ones, where one can experience the bliss of solitude. The beaches of Kerala are inseparably linked with the land’s history too. Here you’ll find the footprints of ancient travellers and explorers on the sands of time. Like the Kappad beach, where Vasco da Gama, the pioneering Portuguese traveller landed in 1498.

Backwaters
The essence of Kerala is its backwaters, the name given to a unique geographical formation comprising a network of innumerable lagoons, lakes, estuaries and canals. These backwaters form the basis of a distinct life-style. The people here lead a life centred around water with waterways replacing roads for all practical purposes. A journey in a houseboat is the ideal way to discover the beauty of Kerala.
Known as kettuvallams, the houseboats of Kerala offer exquisite holiday experiences. Most of them come with bath-attached bedrooms, a living room, open deck and a kitchenette. The crew - an oarsman, a cook and, if required, a guide - ensure a sensational voyage filled with simple pleasures, exotic sights and memorable experiences. During Onam, the harvest festival (Aug-Sept.), the serene backwaters come vibrantly alive as the venue for the legendary snake boat races of Kerala.

Hill stations
Kerala has a number of enchanting hill resorts, punctuated with cool plantations of tea and spices. These hills are embroidered with meandering roads, rivulets, springs and waterfalls and are much sought after by adventure sport enthusiasts - thanks to the excellent options for trekking, paragliding etc. With its sprawling tea plantations, picture-book towns, winding lanes and various holiday facilities, Munnar is one of the most popular hill stations in Kerala, one most sought after by honeymooners.

Ayurveda
Kerala is the only place in the world where the holistic system of medicine based on nature called Ayurveda is practised to perfection. Long before the world discovered the magical power of Ayurveda, Keralites had made it part of their lives. The State’s equable climate and natural abundance of forests (with a wealth of herbs and medicinal plants) make it an ideal destination for Ayurveda. Ancient texts prescribe Kerala’s cool monsoon season (June - November) - when the atmosphere remains dust-free and fresh, opens the pores of the body to the maximum - as the perfect time for the treatments of Ayurveda.

Wildlife
Nestled in the lush forests of Kerala are 12 wildlife sanctuaries and 2 national parks with rare flora and fauna. Among these are the Neelakurunji, the exotic blue flower that washes the Munnar hillsides in blue once every twelve years, and the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. More than half the world population of the Nilgiri Tahr roam the hills of Eravikulam near Munnar. The attractive assortment of fauna in the forests of Kerala includes animals like elephants, sambar deer, leopard, lion tailed macaque, gaur, sloth bear, tiger, wild boar, bonnet macaque, Malabar giant squirrel etc.

Cuisine
Typical Kerala cuisine is strongly flavoured and is marked by the liberal use of coconut. (Not surprising since the State accounts for 60% of India's coconut production). Rice forms the staple diet. Kerala wakes up to one of the best breakfasts in the world - both in terms of taste and nutritional value - like puttu (made of rice flour and coconut) and kadala (gram) curry; idiappam (noodle like rice cakes) and egg/vegetable curry; appam (soft centred lacy pancakes) and mutton/vegetable stew. Served on a plantain leaf and eaten with the hand, the sadya is the traditional feast of Kerala. A three-course meal, the sadya includes an amazing variety of up to 40 vegetarian delights. Among the non-vegetarian delights are the sea and backwater delicacies like prawns, lobsters, crabs, mussels etc. all enticingly cooked with exotic spices. Karimeen or pearlspot, a backwater fish is famous for its great taste.

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Address: Department of Tourism, Park View, Trivandrum 695 033 Kerala, India

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