Fondly referred to as “God’s own Country”, Kerala, with its palm-fringed coastline, biodiversity of the Western Ghats mountain range and cultural vibrancy, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India and, indeed, the whole of Asia. Included in the National Geographic Traveller’s list of “50 Places of a Lifetime” Kerala has an equitable climate, diverse wildlife, long shoreline with over 50 serene beaches, tea plantations and spice fields and an extensive network of canals and water channels popularly known as the Kerala backwaters. All this, together with the ancient art of healing, Ayurveda, has intoxicated travelers since first the Greeks sailed to the Malabar Coast in search of riches and pleasure.
The ancient gateway and most popular region still, is the coastal district of Kochi (formerly Cochin). The old quarters of this city still reverberate with the colonial charm, which brings out the long historical connection of this port city; most popular and iconic sights being Fort Kochi and the Chinese Fishing Nets.
Down south, Trivandrum (now Thiruvanathpuram), serves as the gateway to the coconut palm fringed backwaters of Kerala and the balmy beaches of Varkala and Kovalam are renowned destinations for Ayurveda healing.
The verdant green state which is both mentally and spiritually uplifting makes you want to slow down, for Kerala is a place for relaxed holidays. Enjoy the tranquil beaches, live the romance of the seemingly endless network of canals and lagoons that form Kerala Backwaters. Behold the sight of mud splashed elephants in the wild, let your taste buds tingle with eclectic cuisine, dance to the rhythm of festivals and celebrations and absorb the mesmerising way of life because there’s no rushing, just romancing when you are holidaying in Kerala.
Undoubtedly, one of the best features of holidaying in Kerala is to travel The Backwaters. A mystical ride from the historical town of Kollam to the most popular backwater destination, Alappuzha in the Kuttanad region, aboard a traditional kettuvallam, brings out the true essence and romance of Kerala.
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