Geographically, located in the southwestern Malabar Coast of India. Kerala got the status of statehood on November 1, 1956. Many Malayalam speaking regions had merged to make this beautiful state, which spreads across an area of 38,863 km2 (15,005 sq mi) square kilometers. It lies in the extreme of the Southwest peninsula of India, situated between the Western Ghats on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west.
It shares its borders with Karnataka to the north and northeast, Tamil Nadu to the east and south, and the Lakshadweep Sea to the west. As per the 2011 Census33,387,677 inhabitants residing peacefully in Kerala.
The varied demography, different traditions, and culture have made it one of the most attractive tourist destinations in India. Kerala tops among Indian states in human development, mass literacy, economic parity, women empowerment, harmony between religions, the progressive and liberal mindset of people, least in corruption, etc. so Kerala got the name God's Own Country.
The state has 14 districts, divided into 77 taluks, 152 community development blocks, 941 Gram panchayats, six corporations, and 87 municipalities. Renaming of several cities took place in the 1990s: Thiruvananthapuram (earlier known as Trivandrum). Thiruvananthapuram is the capital of the state, while many other cities' names had also changed include Kochi, Kozhikode, Kollam, Palakkad, Alappuzha, and Thrissur.
Tourism in Kerala
Kerala has emerged as one of the most popular tourist places in India. The natural beauty in the form of beaches, mountain ranges, wildlife, backwaters, and lush green areas offer a splendid view to the visitors. There are many places to be visited here. The cities and the places in Kerala have a significance of their own.
Thiruvananthapuram is the capital of the state, where tradition and modernity coexist. Beautiful beaches, monuments and museums, intricately carved temples, art galleries, and the greenery makes the city more attractive for the tourists. As the state is replete with nature, it has something to offer to everyone.
Kochi, earlier known as Cochin, is popularly known as 'Queen of the Arabian Sea' and is also called 'Gateway to Kerala' Beaches, museums, and islands are the cynosure of all tourists eyes. The boat ride and the live Kathakali performances impress and draw the attention of the visitors.
A small town, as well as a hill station Munnar, lies in the Southwest of Kerala. Tea plantations, waterfalls, holiday facilities make it a famous resort town. National parks and wildlife are also eye-catching, and one should not miss that. Activities such as rock climbing, bicycle riding, and boating give the visitors another reason to love this place.
The Backwaters of Kerala are other important tourist destinations in the state, made up of the interconnected rivers, lakes, and canals which merge into the Arabian Sea. Houseboat or Kettuvallam rides and the boat races during festivals are alluring for the tourists.
Special mention is needed to describe the Kerala architecture. Kerala Vastu Shastra is the other name for spectacular beauty. Traditional Theravada (houses of the feudal families), malls, temples, and many other buildings seen all over the state give a splendid treat to the eyes of people.
Kerala has much more to offer to its visitors. The magical festivals, splendid art forms, exotic cuisines, ayurvedic health vacations give a unique experience to the tourists in the state.
Beaches in Kerala
- Alappuzha Beach
- Cherai Beach
- Kozhikode Beach
- Muzhappilangad Beach
- Thirumullavaram Beach
- Payyambalam Beach
- Kannur Beach
Best Time to Visit Kerala
Any time of the year. There are no extreme climatic seasons. Monsoon is good for ayurvedic treatment; summers are the perfect time for those who want to visit hill stations and backwater trips. March-May is hot and humid during the daytime.
How to Reach Kerala
Kerala is accessible through different modes of transports. It is easily reachable through roads, railways, and air. The western coast of the state is mostly approachable through national highways, and the eastern coast is accessible through state highways. Railway networks spreading all over Kerala, connecting almost every major city and town. The state has three main international airports. It makes Kerala well-connected to all the major cities and states in India.
Kerala State Information
|Date of formation||01/11/56|
|Governor||Arif Mohammad Khan|
|Chief Minister||Pinarayi Vijayan|
|Recognition||The first state to be declared as "Complete Digital State"|
|Tourist attractions||Kovalam, Wayanad, Kannur, Thekkady, Kasargodu, Moonnar, Kumarakom, Alappuzha|
|Festivals||Nehru Trophy boat race (Aug), Thrissur Pooram (May), Onam festival cum tourism week (Aug-Sept), Pulikali (May)|
|Major dance and music forms||Mohiniyattam, Kathakali, Kalaripayattu|
|Arts and crafts||Kalamezhuthu paintings; Murals in temples using 'pure' colours such as white, red, black, green and ochre; Bell metal idols, lamps etc.|
|Size||38,863 km2 (15,005 sq mi)|
|Population (Census 2011)||33,387,677|
|Forests and wildlife sanctuaries||Periyar NP, Wayanad NP, Silent Valley NP|
|State bird||Great Indian hornbill|
|State flower||Kanikonna or Indian laburnum or amaltas|
|Major crops||Coconut, rubber, coffee|
|Factoids||Edakkal caves in Arnbukutty Moun am have petroglyphs or rock carvings and are believed to have been made by Neolithic men.|
|Believed to be the oldest of all martial art forms, Kalaripayattu gets its name from lalari' or school and 'payattu' or practice.|
|No. of Districts||14|
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