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God’s Own Country!

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Popularly known as God’s own country, “Kerala” is a must visit destination in India. Mesmerizing beauty and jaw dropping views make it one of the most alluring places to visit.

The capital

Thiruvananthapuram, being the capital of the state, is one of the main tourist hubs. The famous highlights are the admirable beaches like Kovalam and Varkala, and famous temples like Padmanabhaswamy temple. If you go to Thiruvananthapuram, you will have a glimpse of various heritage architecture with a very unique style. This is one of the most eminent thing about the capital, in addition to the delicious authentic south Indian food. There are plenty of shops that sell famous sarees and lungis that are the commonly worn dresses of Kerala. The markets have a lot of variety of world famous tea and spices. There are plenty of tea flavors that are available including the pleasing chocolate flavour.

The backwaters

The breathtaking backwaters of Kerala encompass a stretch of lakes and canals. They are one of the most prominent tourist attractions in the world. The backwater cruises are once in a lifetime experience. The main entry point of the backwaters is Alleppey, which is the heart of the state. It is one of the most invigorating and relaxing experiences in India. The dense green landscape, verdant palm trees, villages and huts along the waterway make the journey more beautiful. The addition to the delightful experience can be the “houseboat“. The traditional long vesselled boats which have almost every kind of amenity including rooms, restrooms, kitchens and air conditioners make the journey more peaceful and soothing.

The beaches

I was in college when I went to Kerala on a trip with peers. The beach view was astonishing. I never thought beaches could be so clean, the water had a different kind of blue colour that made me wonderstruck. I took the motorboat ride, which took me far in the beach. I still remember there was a point where I could see the unobstructed horizon, where the sky met the ocean. That is still the most beautiful view I have ever seen on a trip. Kerala has some of the most clean and splendid beaches. The most famous one is the Kovalam beach, also known as light house beach.

The hill stations

Thekkady, Vagamon, Munnar and Ponmudi are some of the popular hill stations amongst which Munnar is the main tourist attraction. It is famous for its tea and coffee plantations and scenic beauty. Munnar has equally impressive resorts which also provide lot of adventure activities for the excursionist. Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most visited place of this lovely hill station.

The people

The people in Kerala are helpful, kind and friendly. They even help you to figure out everything easily even if you cannot understand the local language. They are a wonderful bunch of people. I witnessed people helping the tourists with every possible way and they always try to make the visitors comfortable. I even learnt some of the most common words of the local language from the shopkeepers and they felt happy about it. The people of Kerala make it even a much better place for the tourists coming from all around the world.

Transport and food

The most common means of transport is the local bus and the most common word to call the drivers is “Anna”. Some of the other means of transport to travel around in Kerala are auto rickshaw, taxi, ferry and boat. South Indian dishes like dosa, idli, sambhar, vadda etc are the most famous local cuisines. Some of the places serve you the food on banana leaf which is their specialty. Likewise coconut water is also widely available.

To sum up, Kerala is a fascinating place. Whether you are looking to relax and unravel in the serenity and tranquility of nature or indulge in thrilling adventure, Kerala has divergent options to offer.

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