Kerala, It tells you nothing? And yet peacefully nestled between the Arabian Sea and Eastern Ghats mountain range - the smallest state in the South West Indian spilled much ink since its recent arrival in the tourism industry. It all began in 1995 when the government, studying the pattern of development of the main tourist destinations decided to stake everything on a tourist "sustainable and responsible development." "God's Own Country" became the slogan of the state and all efforts are focused on the protection and enhancement of the extreme cultural and natural wealth of the state.
Taking advantage of certain benefits; rich history with multi-cultural influences, political and economic stability, almost total literacy (91% to 100% depending on the source), Kerala was able to move all the elements for the development of sustainable tourism . Kerala has two national parks and nature reserves ten perfectly preserved in the Idukki region, magnificent plantations of spices and teas that extend out of sight in the mountainous area in Munnar, a pleasant climate, great beaches sandy Kovalam, Backwaters: region of rivers and canals, a large architectural heritage in Kochi (symbol of the legacy of the past and the peaceful coexistence of people of different cultures and beliefs), well preserved traditional arts ( dance theater, dance, martial art, mural, jewelry ...), in short, a true paradise where everyone can find something.
Looking for the contact with nature and atypical experiences? Why not sleep in an ecolodge for example in the Spice Village in Thekkady or in a Tree House at the top of a tree 30 m high in the middle of the forest in the Green Magic Resort near Calicut.Ou well rent a Kettuvallom This traditional boat coconut fiber and browse Ernakulam region and its backwaters according to your desires. Familiarize yourself with the production of handicrafts (mirrors, decorative objects and jewelry coconut) and meet the craftsmen, attend many festive events scheduled throughout the year. The few 819km ² of Kerala offer unique experiences accompanied by local guides, but also training Kathakali dance theater, martial art Kalaripayattu ... many experiences that help make Kerala a decidedly invigorating destination.
But what makes the unique Kerala, is the commitment of the authorities and professionals towards responsible tourism. The government through its Department of Tourism Development KTDC (Kerala Tourism Development Corporation) promote initiatives and investments in this example by offering local people to open "Homestay", comparable to the French guest rooms , or in Ayurveda centers such as to promote traditional medicine that has existed since the 6th century BC, an example: Somatheeram Health Centre, the first center of Kerala Ayurveda. Different accreditation systems are implemented according to the sectors to ensure the authenticity and quality of services. The "Grihasthali project" for example was set up to preserve the traditional heritage buildings, converting it into tourist accommodation with modern amenities, allowing homeowners to maintain their homes through tourism revenues. Similarly, the project "Green Farms" allows farmers to maintain their traditional activities while welcoming and sharing their expertise with visitors.
The KTDC and local receptive full of ideas and drive to promote the richness and specificity of their territory and thus standardize and boost tourist numbers. A recent initiative has been the conversion of the usually quiet Monsoon season in good time for Ayurvedic treatments.
The tourists Kerala is increasing, 23% for international customers between 2005 and 2006 tourism revenues up 17% over 2005.
Kerala is also distinguished by the large number of prestigious awards obtained through its commitment and determination, the price of gold Ecotourism destination for 2006 issued by the Pacific Asia Travel Association PATA, one of three finalists price "Tourism for Tomorrow" organized by the WTTC in 2006 (World Tourism Travel Council), the prize for the best use of new technologies by the Indian government in 2005-2006, the price of Das Golden Stadttor at ITB in Berlin print media campaign in 2007. Finally, the National Geographic sees Kerala as one of the 50 destinations that you must have seen in his life.
Alappuzha also known as Alleppey, is a town in Alappuzha District of Kerala state of southern India. A town with picturesque canals, backwaters, beaches, and lagoons, it was described as the one of the places known as "Venice of the East" Kuttanad, the rice bowl of Kerala with the unending stretch of paddy fields, small streams and canals with lush green coconut palms, was well known even from the early periods of the Sangam age.
The Athirapally Falls is situated on the Chalakudy river, which originates in the upper reaches of the Western Ghats. Many endangered and endemic species of flora and fauna are found in the forests of the Athirapally-Vazhachal area. This area is the only place in the Western Ghats where four endangered Hornbill species are seen.
Ernakulam refers to the western part of the mainland of Kochi city in Kerala, India. The name 'Ernakulam' is derived from the name of a very famous temple of Lord Shiva called the Ernakulathappan Temple. Ernakulam is the commercial capital of the state of Kerala.The Kerala High Court is situated in Ernakulam. Cochin/ Ernakulam,
Guruvayur is a municipal town in Thrissur District, of Kerala State in India. Called as the Bhooloka Vaikuntam or Dwarka of the South, it houses the famous Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple.The Sree Krishna Temple is the fourth biggest temple in India in terms of the number of devotees per day The divine idol installed here represents the enchanting form of Sree Krishna endowed with the four lustrous arms carrying the conch Panchajanya, the discus Sudarshana Chakra, the mace Kaumodaki and the lotus..
Kannur also known as Cannanore, is a city in Kannur district in the Indian state of Kerala. This is the administrative headquarters of the District of Kannur. During British rule in India, Kannur was known by its Portuguese name Cannanore, which is still in fairly common usage. This is the largest city of North Malabar region. Kannur Municipality was established in 1867 and is one of the oldest municipalities in Kerala.
Kollam was formerly called Nelcynda and Thondis or tyndis. During the rule of the chera monarchy in southern Kerala, Kollam was the focal point of trade. Today, Kollam is a major business and commercial centre in the central Travancore region of Kerala. Kollam is the fourth largest city in Kerala and is known for cashew processing and coir manufacturing.
Kovalam is a beach town on the Arabian Sea in Kerala, a state in south India. It is located around 13 km from Thiruvananthapuram Kovalam has three crescent shaped beaches separated by rocky outcroppings. Shallow waters stretching for hundreds of metres are ideal for swimming. The beaches have steep palm covered headlands and are lined with shops that offer all kinds of goods and services.
Kozhikode also known as Calicut, is a city in the northern part of the state of Kerala in southern India. Kozhikode is the headquarters of the Kozhikode district. The city of Kozhikode is Kerala's third largest city and is part of an extended metropolitan region which is the third largest urban agglomeration in Kerala. The city is located 410 kilometres north of the state capital Thiruvananthapuram.
Kumarakom is a popular tourism destination located near the city of Kottayam (16 kilometres (10 mi)), in Kerala, India, famous for its backwater tourism. It is set in the backdrop of the Vembanad Lake which is the largest freshwater lake in the state of Kerala.Kumarakom is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a noted bird sanctuary where many species of migratory birds visit.
Munnar is one of the most popular hill-resort towns in Kerala and in southern India. Munnar is located on the Western Ghats, situated in the Idukki district. Munnar, or rather the ‘three rivers’ as the name literally means is in the Idukki district, a lovely, sleepy, mist covered green heaven situated at the confluence of the three rivers.
Palakkad lies near the Palghat Gap, a pass or natural depression through the Western Ghats ranges that run parallel to the west coast of India, and connects Kerala to the plains of the state of Tamil Nadu to the east. The nearest international airport is Coimbatore Airport, which is about 45 km from Palakkad. Coimbatore airport has connecting flights to Singapore, Sharjah, Colombo, apart from major Indian cities.
Thekkady (Idukki district) is the location of the Periyar National Park, which is an important tourist attraction in the Kerala state of India. Thekkady, located on the banks of the river periyar in the district of Idukki in the high ranges, is one of the most important hill stations in Kerala. Set at an altitude of over 1000 meters, Thekkady is home to the Periyar wild life sanctuary, the most important wild life sanctuary in Kerala. Thekkady is most important hill station in Kerala known for its boat cruises in the Periyar Lake.
Thrissur is also known as the Cultural Capital of Kerala because of its cultural, spiritual and religious leanings towards history. It houses the Kerala Sangeetha Nadaka Academy, Kerala Lalita Kala Akademi and Kerala Sahitya Academy. The city hosts the Thrissur Pooram festival, the most colourful and spectacular temple festival in Kerala.
Trivandrum, is the capital of the Indian state of Kerala and the headquarters of the Thiruvananthapuram District. It is located on the west coast of India near the extreme south of the mainland. Referred to by Mahatma Gandhi as the "Evergreen city of India", the city is characterized by its undulating terrain of low coastal hills and busy commercial alleys. The city houses many central and state government offices and organizations. Trivandrum is bordered by the Arabian Sea on the western part and the Western Ghats on the eastern front. Its miles and miles of sandy beaches, wild life sanctuary, palaces, and ancient temples and museums have all made it one of the most favored tourist destinations in Kerala.
Vagamon is a hill station located in Kottayam-Idukki border of Kerala, India. It has a cool climate with the temperature between 10-23°C during a summer midday. It is situated 1,100 metres above sea level.Travelers can enjoy trekking and climbing this high hill. The area is fully surrounded with Tea estates and lakes. Indo-Swiss Project dairy farms is situated on the hill.
Varkala is a sea side beach resort on the shores of the Arabian Sea in South Kerala. Located at a distance of 51 km from Trivandrum, Varkala boasts of having one of the most calm and serene beaches in Kerala. The beach also known as the Papanasam beach, is a major tourist attraction among both tourists and devotees alike as it is believed that a bath in the waters of the beach is sure to rid one off al mortal sins.
Wayanad district stands on the southern top of the Deccan plateau and its chief glory is the majestic rugged terrain of the Western ghats, with lofty ridges interspersed with dense forest, tangled jungles and deep valleys. Quite a large area of the district is covered by forest but the continued and indiscriminate exploitation of the natural resources point towards an imminent environmental crisis. Wayanad is nature’s green paradise with its pristine valleys and mountains, sprawling plantations, waterfalls, exotic species of flora and fauna and wild life sanctuaries