|Welcome to Kerala, God's Own
Country. One of India's most progressive regions and yet it
has all the aspects of a tropical paradise, complete with palm
trees waving over sandy beaches lining the blue seas of lush
travelogues. It offers beautiful beaches; backwater trips along
peaceful lagoons and canals, hill stations, wildlife sanctuaries
and complex cultural customs. In this entrancing state, there
is much to explore and enjoy - splendid festivals with intriguing
rituals; herds of elephants leading giant processions; exotic
handicrafts and seafood preparations; cosmopolitan cities where
the past is always within reach and small towns where time has
stood still. All this and more, makes Kerala
the ideal holiday destination.
|Kerala is one of the ten 'Paradises Found' by
the National Geographic Traveler, for its diverse geography
and overwhelming greenery. It is a land much acclaimed for the
contemporary nature of its cultural ethos, and much appreciated
for the soothing, rejuvenating paradise that it is.
|Geographically, Kerala is a
narrow fertile strip on the southwest coast of India, sandwiched
between the Lakshadweep Sea and the Western Ghats. The Western
Ghats with their dense forests and extensive ridges have sheltered
Kerala from many mainland invaders and the long coastline has
encouraged maritime contact with the outside world - a contact
that has resulted in an interesting blend of cultures.
|It is the only state that has a highest literacy
rate (100%) among other Indian states. The climate varies little
from season to season. The temperature normally ranges from
80° F to 90° F in the plains but drops to about 70°
F in the highlands. The state gets its due share of both the
southwest as well as the northeast monsoons, and the rainfall
is heavy, averaging around 118 inches annually.