The thin strip of land in South India, flanked by the Western Ghats on the East and Arabian Sea on the West, is the God’s own country known as Kerala. The freshness of the air, the tranquility of the place and the lush green countryside makes the state a natural rejuvenation centre. Come and visit for a healing therapy and experience the warm hospitality of the people in the wonder land.
Kerala has three international airports, Cochin International Airport, Trivandrum International Airport and Calicut International Airport. Trivandrum is the capital city of Kerala and Cochin is the commercial hub of the state. Kerala experiences a tropical climate throughout the year. Kerala is best known for age-old Ayurveda treatments. The most famous ayurvedic hospitals are the Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala and Thaikkattu Mooss Vaidyaratnam Oushadhasala, both known to manufacture their own ayurvedic medicine. The beaches, hill stations, backwaters and the wildlife of Kerala promises a complete holidaying experience.
Explore the beautiful sandy beaches, and enjoy the spectacular view of the Arabian Sea as it stretches far beyond the horizon. Take a boat ride through the interiors of the backwaters. Enjoy a backwater cruise in a “kettuvallam”, the houseboat, for an unforgettable experience. Take a peek at the rural life of Kerala, best seen in a houseboat cruise, as the boat navigates in the backwaters. Try out the exotic Karimeen dish caught fresh and prepared to suit your taste. Visit the misty-hills and the lush green forests for a whiff of fresh mountain air and watch the endemic and endangered species of the area.
Kerala prides itself in its oldest and most scientific martial art form of the world, Kalaripayattu. It is an art of self-defense that takes years to get mastered. Theyyam is a ritual art form from North Kerala performed by men. The face and body painting associated with this form of dance is the most striking feature. Mohiniattom is a classical dance of Kerala performed gracefully by the women folks. The most famous form of dance is Kathakali, a dance-drama presentation of the good triumphing over the evil. Kerala is also known for celebrating Temple festivals in its richness and grandeur, the most famous being the Thrissur Pooram. Melam, a classical orchestra, is performed during the temple festivals. The instruments used for the medley of music are chenda, ilathalam, kombu and kuzhal. Most of the Hindu temples of Kerala are decorated with mural paintings depicting legends and mythological stories.
Kerala cuisine is famous for its spicy vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Rice is the staple food of the state. All the main dishes dosa, appam, idlis, Idiyappam are made up of rice. Coconut cream and fresh ground coconut is commonly used in most of the dishes. The fresh spices which includes cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper, ginger and cloves, add flavour to the Kerala dishes. The unique combination of coconut and the fresh spices tantalizes our taste buds. Try out the mouth-watering spicy fish curry, prawn dishes of the Kuttanad regions and the fowl and meat dishes of the hilly regions.
Kerala is the best place to shop for spices, cashews, clothing, junk jewelry, traditional wears and gold ornaments. Own the famous Kerala Kasavu saree, a cream colour cotton saree with an elaborate gold border. Kerala is known as the Spice capital of the World and the spices from Malabar Coast of Kerala are exported world-wide. The spices are known for its purity and freshness. Commonly found spices include cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, clove, vanilla, black pepper, turmeric and nutmeg. Kerala is also famous for cashew production. The cashew nuts are not only sold within the country but also exported to far off places for its premium quality. You can buy garden fresh spices and dry fruits in Broadway in the main city of Ernakulam as well as across spice shops in Kerala.