Beaches, Hills, Valleys
Popularly known as "God's Own Country" Kerala is one of the most popular destination on world tourism map. Home to silver-lines of wonderful beaches in the southern India, Kerala also has one of the most popular hill station in South, Munnar Hill Station. Well spread tea gardens & strings of palm trees on the beaches are splendid examples of natural beauty. Kerala is also popular for Coconuts and every nook and corner is filled with coconut vendors to vanquish your thirst. Basking in the sun on the beaches of Kerala fill your life with joy and satisfaction. Kerala having the highest literacy rate in India has richness of ancestral culture, spectacular dance forms, & music and handicraft. Kerala is famous for its beautiful rivers, pious inland water-bodies and a calm, green atmosphere. The backwaters, wildlife sanctuaries, mountain ranges and beaches give you ecstatic pleasure, and the serenity refreshes your mind and body.
What's not so Great?
Language could become a barrier if you are not a Malayali, though there are a lot of people who can converse in English or Hindi. The summers can be a pain in some parts of Kerala. While the hills would remain cool, the rest would be sweating through and through.
One would think that Kerala is only for families with their children. Young adults can have a fantastic time in God's own country. If one is all about relaxing and enjoying some fresh sea breeze while getting a holistic Ayurveda spa treatment, this could be the destination. If there is an appetite for adventure, there is plenty room there too.
People and Culture of Kerala
Kerala is one of the safest regions where people believe in simplicity and honesty. They are very down to earth and live simple yet satisfactory life. While the language of Kerala is Malayalam, most people are conversant in English. Kerala is the land of art and culture, the spectacular dance forms like Kathakali, Mohiniyattom, Koodiyattom and the colorful festivals are the soul of the state.
The White colour is one of the most preferred and there is a sense of respect for the culture, religion and tradition of the state. Political discussions are very common as people have an inclination towards politics and socialist leanings. Popular as the land of art and culture, Kerala celebrates numerous colorful festivals across the year which add to the richness of it's culture.
Wildlife of Kerala
While humans and wild have resided together for a long time in Kerala, as a member of the concrete jungle, you can also go and see the wild up close in the rain-forests of Kerala. With monkeys and elephants in abundance, the rain-forests have been evergreen. There are numerously protected and conserved sites in Kerala, thus, the wildlife will not going anywhere anytime soon. You can ride or walk elephants in the middle of the jungle, bathe them and feed them or just walk around and spot wildlife like the long-tailed Macau or the Indian sloth bear.
Languages in Kerala
With over 3 crore population, Kerala has an amalgamation of spoken languages. Widely popular is Malayalam, the official language of Kerala. Another popular language is English which is taught in all the schools of the state. You would find that many Keralians are bilingual at least. However, apart from the main languages, the state itself is divided into several communities. All of whom have been influenced by the several years of spice trade etc. which makes for a number of dialects and languages.
Hill station and long beaches within kilometers of each other. Rolling backwaters and amazing amalgamation of cuisine.
Geography of Kerala
Though landlocked from all but one side, Kerala is known for its winding canals and rivers, Highlands and golden beaches. The state seems small but continues to be one of theÂ unique places in India. The nation's southwest beauty has seven wild life sanctuaries which make up for 11,125.59 sq.kms of forest. While coastal lands of 4000 sq. km. stretch on the west, they are contrasted by rolling hills of spices and tea.
History of Kerala
Kerala was in a sense truly formed in 1956 after Madras presidency was reorganized. However, it got its name from the first ruler to preside over the region - Keralian Thamboran, though some say the name came from kera which means coconut tree - a widely used plant in the state. Famous for its spices even in the yester years, Kerala had become a hub for spice trade beyond Babylonian times. The fame hasn't left since. Hence, Kerala has had a different influence from - Dutch, French to the British in their culture as well as food.
Costumes of Kerala
Traditional Kerala costume boast of simplicity and elegance. Their colours range from white, off-white to Gold. Different communities and religions wear shades of blue and black. Traditional wear worn by Hindu men is called "Mundu" which is tightly wound at the waist and let loose till the ankles. Women wear "Mundu neriyathu" which consists of a blouse and the "Mundu". For the comfort and daily wear, people have chosen western wear over their traditional garb. Women have aligned themselves towards salwar kameez, Kurtis and sarees. Muslim women on the other hand sometimes prefer the black or blue pudah, while traditional Christian women wear a two piece blouse and a pleated "Mundu".
Ayurveda in Kerala
Kerala not only promises to rejuvenate your body with Ayurveda but also your soul with the surrounded natural beauty. The magic of this old Indian science appeals travelers from all over the world. There are resorts and specialized centers scattered all over the state. You can choose to go to resorts that consider your holistic benefit or Ayurveda centers that only look into your bodily rejuvenation. What is more appealing is the fact that several resorts give this treatment as a bonus for staying at their location, which in our eyes is a bargain.
Local Food and Cuisine of Kerala
Kerala cuisine is a combination of Vegetables, meats and seafood flavoured with a variety of spices. It is marked by the dominance of rice, coconut, seafood and variety of non-vegetarian dishes and lavish use of spices like Pepper, Cardamom, Cloves, Ginger and chilies add to the taste and flavor of food.
Food in Kerala has its own share of vegetarian dishes as well which comprise various tubular and root based vegetables as well as lavish use of beet-root, ginger, garlic and onions along with animal milk. The cuisine here, hence, is an almost balanced blend of non vegetarian and vegetarian preparations. Traditionally, food is served on a banana leaf in Kerala and almost every dish prepared in Kerala has coconut and spices to flavor the local cuisine.
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