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An Introduction to Kerala
A gorgeous state on the tropical Malabar Coast on the southwestern belt of India, Kerala is bordered by the Indian Ocean islands of Lakshadweep and the Maldives to its west and south and the states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to its east and northeast respectively. A major attraction among globetrotters all over the world, the state has been a consistent contributor to the country’s economy with Kerala tourism particularly on the upward trend for the last few decades.
Originally ruled by the Cheras, Kerala has been mentioned in the Ashoka edicts during the Mauryan dynasty. After a series of dominances and captures by various empires and communities like Cholas and many more eventually the British took over. Gradually the state has earned the status of one of the favorite tourist destinations in India.
Kerala offers a host tourist attractions; from backwaters to wetlands; from mountains to beaches; from forts to monuments. Kerala backwater cruises are probably the most amusing tourism activities in this state. Almost the very mention of Kerala takes you on a ride on the houseboats on emerald waters along tall trees, thickets, shrubs and bushes. Houseboat cruises in the regions of Alleppey, Kollam, Kuttanad, and Kochi are the major cruise options for adventure freaks. One of the key tourist attractions in India, the backwater cruises in the state of Kerala are wonderful experiences on houseboats or kettuvalloms that are made with open lounge, one or two bedrooms with attached bathrooms and a kitchen serving authentic Keralite cuisine.
Apart from the backwaters, Kerala is famous for some of the most graceful forms of art – the classical dances, Kathakali and Mohiniyattam. These dances are some of the cultural demonstrations of choreography that present India as a classic country on the world map. A show of any of these genres of dances while touring Kerala will be really an engaging experience.
Exploring the monuments and temples of Kerala is another major tourist activity in this state. Visits to Bekal Fort, Guruvayoor Temple, Edakkal Caves, and Napier Museum are will be thoroughly fulfilling.
The wildlife reserves in Kerala are among the must visits on your tour to this state. Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Eravikulam National Park, Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary and Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary are ideal outings for wildlife enthusiasts.
The Keralite cuisine is one of the important attractions in Kerala. The tastes of Malabar Biriyani, Avials, Puttu, Thorans, idlis, Appams and rasam and Kerala fish curry will stay on long after you have left the place.
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