Kerala, popularly known as 'God's Own Country', is sandwiched between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea. Today, the state is among the top 10 tourist hotspots in the world by virtue of its natural splendour.
A travel to Kerala would take you to its undulating backwaters gliding through the canals and estuaries. Count on some amazing spectacle as you skim past paddy fields, coir villages, rustic homes and coconut groves.
The golden beaches in an eternal affair with the Arabian Sea would sweep you off your feet; the misty hills in green velvet and the alluring fragrance of the tea and coffee plantation would beckon you to a worldly sojourn as you travel to Kerala. Do not forget to pay a visit to some of the state's national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. You may catch up some rare wild lives in the natural surroundings.
|Location||Southernmost tip of India|
Arabian sea at the west
Tamilnadu in the east and south
Indian ocean at the south
Karnataka in the north
|Latitude||Between 8°18' and 12°48' North|
|Longitude||74°52' and 77°22' East|
|Area||38, 863 sq km|
|Climate||Summer - Hot and humid|
Winter - Pleasant
|Average Annual Rainfall||311 cm|
|Religion||Hinduism, Christianity, Islam|
|Best Time to Visit||October to March|
|Clothing||Light cotton throughout the year|
How to Reach Kerala
How to reach Kerala is a commonly asked question. A modern and progressive state with a cosmopolitan look, Kerala is accessible quite easily. Well connected by all major systems of transport, the place is now one of the most sought-after travel destinations in the world. Cochin is the main sea-port opening out into the Arabian Sea. Travelling to Kerala is a wholesome experience, educative and enriching, rejuvenating and fulfilling.
An important tourist destination among Indians and foreigners, Kerala is very well connected by:
There are three airports in the state, located at Thiruvnanthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode, two of which are International Airports. The Karipur Airport, Kozhikode plays host to domestic airlines, while the Thiruvnanthapuram International Airport and the Cochin Airport, Nedumbassery operate both domestic and international flights.
A very strong commutation network makes Kerala easily accessible from all parts of the country. Kerala is directly connected by road to both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. National Highway no. 47, 17, 49, and an extensive system of metalled roads connect Kerala to the rest of the country. Buses, tourist taxis, and autos are the main modes of road transport here.
There are 200 railway stations in Kerala, connecting places both within and outside Kerala. One can avail of super-fast, and express trains to reach one's chosen destination. The train services link the state to all the important cities of India including the four metropolitan cities namely, New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai.
Shopping In Kerala
The God's Own Country cradles some of the best shopping haunts in India. Shopping in Kerala is also an attraction, if you are planning your vacations here. Indigenous handicrafts prove to be the major crowd pullers. The backpackers crave to stack their rucksacks with collector's items that have the unique insignia of the backwaters. Culture, tradition, mythology and fusion of aesthetics have left an indelible imprint that characterises the wonderful handicrafts of the land of sun and coconuts.
Kerala is the shopping heaven of South India. Several arcades and emporiums have cropped up in several nook and corner of the various districts which are a storehouse of the rich reservoir of handicrafts, spices and textiles. You can also drop in at various exhibitions from where you can pick up some wonderful artifacts to jazz up the decor of your house. Your task has been rendered easy by Maps of India. Click on where to shop for further details.
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Last Updated on : July 14, 2014