Sandwiched between the majestic Western Ghats in the east and the glorious Arabian Sea in the west, Kerala is an enticing land of diverse tradition, natural beauty, heart whelming hospitality and true serenity. Located at India's deep south, it is a place that has been infinitely blessed by Mother nature. Being the home to many fascinating art forms and haven of Ayurveda, the ancient magical Indian treatment, this greenish strip of land stands apart in India's map. Blessed with sunken beaches, breathtaking jade hills, spectacular waterfalls and serene backwaters, the picturesque landscape of Kerala is true treat to your eyes.
Kerala is a blessed land with an endless network of lakes, canals, estuaries, lagoons and delta's of 44 rivers that flows into the Arabian Sea from the Western Ghats. The delightful backwaters of Kerala are the outcome of water flux and shore currents formed in the rivers, creating low barrier islands at the mouths of river beds. These backwaters which have a unique ecosystem – fresh water of the river meets sea water of Arabian Sea, forms home for rare species of flora and fauna making Kerala the most fascinating spot on earth.
Ashtamudi Lake is the most visited of the lakes in Kerala Backwaters. Located in the district of Kollam, it is the most preserved lake in India which is the home of many aquatic species like crabs, frogs, water birds etc. Major rivers like Vembanad river, Periyar, Chaliar along with other numerous small rivers and rivulets which offers an exotic Houseboating experience and spectacular panorama while sailing across the brackish backwaters to every tourists who enters God's own country.
Alleppey, the city with the most famous port along the Malabar cost has a glorious charm and is the heart of aqua tourism in Kerala. A boat cruise across the backwaters of Alleppey offers you a very interesting experience of the life style, culture, toddy tapping, fishing, coir-making, prawn farming etc which is definite to remain with you over the years. So come down Alleppey for a lazy and stress free water trip and go back fresh and cheerful with long lasting memories in your hearts.
On the lakes of Vembanad Lake at Kumarakam, Kottayam, situates Kumarakam Bird Santuary which is a favourite haunt of rare species of migratory birds that folks here in thousands. Being the most ideal place to watch avian life, you will be excited to see golden-backed woodpeckers, night herons, kingfishers, paradise fly-catchers, and egrets which are a common scene here.
Kuttanad, well known place for its geographical peculiarities is an endless stretch of paddy fields and palm fringed tiny islets. Known as the 'rice bowl of Kerala', it is perhaps one of the most fertile regions in the world. Four major rivers in Kerala i.e Pampa, Meenachil, Achankovil and Manimala bring their bounties into the region making it the most alluring land with seamless brackish backwaters.
The Nehru Trophy Boat Race is a popular Vallam Kali held in the Punnamada Lake near Allappey. The race named after Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru is conducted on the second saturday of august in every year. It's the most splendid water regatta that is indeed a visual treat. Lakhs of tourists come down Kerala during the time to witness this breathtaking extravaganza in water!
Kerala offers a complete Ayurvedic rejuvenation to your body, mind and soul. This divine science of life and longevity promises holistic wellness using rare species of medicinal herbs and oils which has magical curative capacity. The state has numerous unique centers to experience the ancient Indian traditions – Ayurveda, yoga and meditation which opens a door to blend with the enchanting rhythm of the nature.
Kathakali, Kerala's traditional classical dance is one of the oldest theater forms in the world. Noted for its attractive and colorful make up of the performers, it is a stylize dance form that narrates the eventful stories adapted from epics like Mahabharata and Ramayana. This great art form is a perfect blend of music, dance and acting which is indeed a wonder for the foreigners who come down Kerala.