Kerala is a state located in the southwestern part of India, close to the Arabian Sea. It is rightly known as “God's own country” and is a popular tourist destination that receives a large number of visitors every year. This is due to its sublime natural beauty, rich culture and traditions, and unique attractions. Kerala is famous for its tranquil backwaters, pristine beaches, art forms, spices, and charming floating houses.
The “Alappuzha” houseboats are a major tourist attraction in the state and are truly extraordinary. They are like a Michelin star hotel on the water and offer an unforgettable experience. There are around 500 houseboats in the state that will take you on a Kerala cruise. The Padanilam Temple is located in the Alappuzha district of Kerala and is one of the most famous attractions in the state.
Freshwater fish such as kadu (Heteropneustes fosilis biting catfish) and brackish water species such as Choottachi (orange chromide Etroplus maculatus) are native to Kerala's lakes and waterways. The annual Thirayattam festival is held in the sacred forests and sanctuary of the villages of the southern Malabar region (Kozhikode and Malappuram districts). Kerala is also home to many reptiles, such as the king cobra, viper, python, several turtles and crocodiles. Shopping in Kerala is an experience like no other.
Handicraft items such as models of uru or snake ships, sandalwood chests or bracelets, and traditional oil lamps called Nilavilakku can be found in places like Kochi and Munnar. Coffee lovers should not miss out on getting hold of an aromatic bag of locally grown kaapi. Banana chips are another famous item that should be included in your shopping list. Kerala has something for everyone - from its tranquil backwaters to its unique architecture, ecotourism experiences, Ayurvedic treatments, and unforgettable culinary experiences.
So if you're looking for a place to relax and take some time for yourself, Kerala is definitely worth considering.