Kerala, popularly known as the God's own country is one of the most popular tourist locations of the South Asia. Bordered by the Arabian sea in the west and the western ghats in the east, the state provides ample opportunity for a visitor to trek, camp and see wildlife.
Known for its backwaters, hill stations, coconut palms, spices and cultural traditions like Pooram, Kerala is a land of diversity. This is true even when it comes to people and the religions they follow. It is a state with high literacy rates and the development standards are higher than some of the most developed nations.
The cuisine of Kerala is as diverse as what the state offers a visitor. The traditional sadhya gives everything that each of your taste buds ask for.
Kerala offers the best of tourism through its scenic locations, ayurvedic treatments, cultural traditions, eco-tourism initiatives and the diverse terrains from the romantic hill stations of Munnar and Nelliyampathi to serene rain forests in silent valley and to the sun kissed beaches in western coast of Kovalam, Cherayi and Shanghumukham and backwaters of the Central Travancore area.
There are numerous Historical Monuments that tells a visitor the story of how the land formed by Parashurama became the God's own country. The Padmanabhauram Palace in Trivandrum, The Hill Palace in Kochi, The Vadakkekara Palace of Thrissur, Bekal Fort, Palakkad Fort and Thalassery fort are some of the few monuments of historical importance.
The various festivals of Kerala are also hard to miss. In April-May, the magical Thrissur Pooram, famous for its elephants and crackers will surely make a visitor revisit the place. The Attha Chamayam of Thripunithura, on the Atham day, 10 days before Onam is another marvel of Kerala. During Onam season the flower carpet in front of each homes regardless of the religion the person follows tells a visitor about the religious harmony of Kerala. The Vallamkalis (Boat races) in the backwaters of Vembanad is one of the few sporting festivals in South Asia. The different Memory days in all the churches of the land are celebrated with joy. The major festivals of Kerala are Onam, Vishu, Ramzan, Christmas and Bakrid. The life in Kerala is all about celebrations.
Kerala is considered as one of the 50 places one should visit before they die by National Geographic Magazine and aptly so. The place has ample options for stay in different hotels.