The azure waters of Arabian Sea embroider its shores and serene backwaters give birth to quaint environs, Kerala in the truest sense is a haven of a place most rightly called "God's Own Country". Kerala is a strip of land between the ocean and Western Ghats which avails it a salubrious climate making Kerala tours possible throughout the year. People are lovers of art and value principles of simple living and high thinking. Possessing a rich cultural heritage, Kerala continues to charm its visitors with its inspiring temple architecture, glorious festival celebrations and humble cultural practices. Kerala is this and a lot more, therefore while choosingone must keep in mind that it covers all the laudable aspects of this place basking in the hues of lazy Mediterranean sun.
Ranging from exotic wildlife reserves to languid sea shores, coconut groves shading the paths, refreshing Ayurvedic therapies, vibrant performing art forms, pristine backwaters and a ride on traditional houseboats Kerala has a lot to offer its visitors. While planning Kerala tours one can pick from the following experiences and choices the state offers:
Kerala is blessed with natural splendour and is thus home to a wide breeding population of diverse flora and fauna. The region has about 14 wildlife reserves creating protected areas for wilderness. Set high amidst the Western Ghats in Kerala, Periyar National Park is a densely forested area. Nestled in the middle of mountainous Cardamom Hills it is an ideal place to see Indian elephants. Located along the Western Ghats, Eravikulam National Park is captivating scenery the park announced a World Heritage Site by UNESCO is home to numerous wild predators including leopard, Wild Dog, Jackal, Tiger and more.
Performing Art Forms
Dance and music has long been part of religious celebrations in Kerala. These classical art forms are colourful presentations, mostly based upon some or the other mythical episode. Designated Human Heritage Art by UNESCO, Koodiyattom is an ancient form of Sanskrit theatre also amongst other popular forms Kathakali is a 500 year old dance drama form depicting ancient epics. Kalarippayattu is Kerala's own indigenous martial art form.
Ayurveda is an ancient system of traditional medicine which originated in India and is now recognized worldwide as an alternative science of medicine. Using the natural products such as herbs and oils and following a program of therapies, massages and Yoga, Ayurveda works on providing holistic results. Innumerable institutes and resorts offer Ayurvedic therapies in the form it was originally invented. A herbal oil massage on the beach is one of the things one must experience while on a Kerala tour.
Beaches, Backwaters and Boats
These three entities describe Kerala tours best. Situated on the Malabar Coast, Kerala is blessed with a long coastline. Walking on the balmy shores and refreshing water kissing the feet a cool breeze coming from the coconut groves tenderly touches the soul. The entire scenery is spectacular at Kerala. If beaches here create romantic setting the backwater makes it more precious and intimate. Gorgeous water-bodies passing by private huts of locals are best explored on traditional houseboats. The charm of slowly moving amidst backwaters shaded with lush foliage and the air aromatic with smell of floating lotuses, tours to Kerala are incomplete without a visit to its backwaters, beaches and boats.