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About Kerala

The Arabian Sea lies to its west while the towering Western Ghats surround Kerala from the east. Besides boasting a 100% literacy rate, the southern Indian state of Kerala also features world-class health care systems, country's lowest infant mortality and highest physical quality of life. Whether in terms of cultural richness, geographical features or natural bounties, Kerala has been attracting tourists from all across the globe. Expansive sandy beaches, emerald backwaters, verdant hill stations, exotic wildlife and a pristine flora and fauna all of this and much more makes Kerala one of the finest holiday destinations on earth. Backpackers, honeymooners, naturalists, researchers, families and kids can all be seen soaking up the charm that is Kerala. What's more, each of the travel destinations in Kerala is just a few kilometres from the other.

Ayurveda, Yoga and Meditation
Notwithstanding the fact that Ayurveda came into existence around 600 BC in India, it is practised with utmost dedication in Kerala even today. Not only travellers from all across the world, but even Hollywood celebrities are turning to Ayurveda and their most preferred destination for the therapy is Kerala. Medical tourism in Kerala have come a long way. Ayurvedic centres, yoga institutions and spas are well distributed all across the state.

Backwaters and Houseboats
Around 900 km of the state is covered by backwaters that include lakes, lagoons, estuaries, canals etc. 'Kettuvalloms' or the traditional houseboats of Kerala offer exciting crusing option along the backwaters. These houseboats are made from ethnic materials and are interestingly devoid of nails. Popular backwater destinations in Kerala include Alleppey, Kochi, Kollam, Trivandrum, Kumarakom, Kozhikode, Kuttanad etc.

Art forms
The numerous art forms of Kerala bear testimony to a rich and vibrant culture. Whether it is the variety of classical dances, ritual arts or the forms of martial arts, the state has in store a number of surprises for the modern day traveller. Kutiyattam, Kathakali and Theyyam are the major classical dance forms of Kerala.

Hill Stations and Wildlife
For wildlife lovers, there are numerous fascinations in Kerala. Hill stations in Kerala rise to an average elevation of 1,520 m. Popular hill stations include Wayanad, Munnar, Idukki, Wagamon, Nelliyampathy and Devikulam. Around 10,336 km of Kerala's total area is under forest cover; 1/5th of this area has been converted into wildlife parks and sanctuaries. Major wildlife destinations are Periyar, Kumarakom, Nagarhole, Idukki, Eravikulam, Silent Valley and Thattekad.

Fairs & Festivals
The spirit of Keralaites can be well observed and experienced during festivities. They are really warm hearted people and like to be connected to their exuberant cultural heritage. Both religious and harvest festivals are celebrated with equal fervour. Widely celebrated festivals in Kerala are Thrissur Pooram (temple festival), Ochirakali, Onam (harvest festival), Thiruvathira and Vinayaka Chaturthi among others.

These are not all. There is a lot more to Kerala than actually meets the eye. For travellers and holidaymakers, options truly abound. There are hordes of tourist attractions for you to explore and bring back the memories home. And how can you forget the toothsome delicacies of Kerala? Fish biryani, pulao, thoran, Pootu, idlis, Pathiri, Kozi curry,fish curry and Malabar lamb curry are just a few of them.