Attractions of Kerala - God's Own Country

Wildlife of Kerala


Culture of Kerala


BASIC INFORMATION

A silver of dense greenery sandwiched between the Arabian Sea and the forested Western Ghat Mountain, the state of Kerala stretched for 500km along India’s southwest coast, and is just 120km wide at its broadest point. Kerala is blessed with unique geographical features and the lush tropical landscapes, fed by two annual monsoons, together with the beautiful backwaters, intoxicate every newcomer.

Area : 38,863 Sq.Km; Capital: Thiruvananthapuram; Population: 34 million; Language: Malayalam; Literacy: 100%; Best time to visit: October to March; Airport: Thiruvanathapuram, Kochi (Cochin), Kozhikode.

Visas : We request you to carry your visa for entry to India/Kerala on your holiday. For clarification please contact the Indian Embassy or Indian High Commission. For Visa extensions contact Office of the Commissioner of Police, Thiruvananthapuram.

 

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Money : There is no limit to the amount of foreign currency that visitors can bring.

Banks : Banks are open for transaction from 1000 – 1530 hrs except Saturdays.

Credit Cards : Main hotels, restaurants, tour operators and shopping centers honour major credit cards.

Travel Kits : Cotton outfits, hats, sunglasses, sunscreen lotion etc.

Foods : All standard restaurants offer a variety of cuisines including Continental, Chinese, Indian and typical Kerala fare.

Water : Tap water is purified and quite safe to drink. It is not advisable to drink water from slow moving streams, lakes and dams. Bottle water is also available.

Emergency numbers : Police control room: 100; Fire Station: 101; Ambulance: 101.

Temples : Some temples do not permit entry of non- Hindus.

Small scale and related relaxed, Kerala’s cities and towns are all within easy reach of each other. The most popular tourist destination is undoubtedly the great port of Kochi (formerly Cochin), where Kerala’s extensive history of Mattancherry and Fort Cochin-hub of a still thriving tea and spice trade. The capital, Thiruvananthapuram (aka Trivandrum), almost as far south as you go, and a gateway to the nearby palm-fringed beached Kovalam, provided varied opportunities to sample Kerala’s rich cultural and artistic life.

More so than anywhere else in India, the greatest joy of exploring Kerala is actually in the traveling itself, especially by boat, Ferries, cruisers, wooden longboats and even houseboats ply the backwaters, slowly meandering through the spellbinding Kuttanad region near historic Kollam (Quilon) and Alappuzha (Alleppey), on the southern tip of the huge Vembanad Lake that stretches northward to Kochi (Cochin).


The only way to escape the humidity of the lowlands is to head for the hills. Roads wind through landscape dotted with churches and temples past spice, tea, coffee and rubber plantations, as well as natural forest, en route to wildlife reserve such as Tholpetty (Wayanad) and Periyar (Thekkady), where sightings of wild elephants are virtually guaranteed. The former British hill station of Munnar, surrounded by endlessly rolling fields of tea, Palakkad with its spice plantations and the beautiful forested district of Wayanad with its indigenous tribal population are further highland options.

The hotel sector form one of the most important segments of tourism industry in Kerala.Major cities like Cochin, Kochi, Trivandrum (Thiruvanathapuram), Alappuzha (Alleppey) have a number of deluxe hotels. All important tourist destinations like Munnar, Kumarakom, Kovalam, Periyar (Thekkady) do have at least one deluxe hotel. A new classification standard of heritage hotels has been introduced to cover functioning hotels in places, havelis, castles, forts and residence built prior to 1950.Each city has wide range of budget hotels. Houseboats, these are fully furnished and staffed floating hotels. Houseboats are moored on the Srinagar's Dal and Nagin lakes and on the backwaters (Alappuzha or Kumarakom) of the Kerala.

This web site is a present to the lovers of tourism and travel & tour trade who look to travel in Kerala.This century demands a change in the approach towards tourism and tours & travel in Kerala.This web site provides information on basic infrastructure facilities like hotels, travel by road, rail and flight in Kerala.Other vital tourism factors like hotel accommodation, places of interest like wildlife sanctuaries, hill stations, beach resorts, ayurveda, yoga, tribal tourism are also incorporated. This web site is not merely a travel and tourism guide but an attempt to explain the diverse cultural ethos of Kerala tourism in its true form to travel lovers. We are very experienced as tour operators at the travel wing of Halo Backwaters with a very extensive and in depth knowledge of tourism potential of Kerala.We keep updating our data bank by attending the various travel and tourism fairs around India and Kerala.This web site of the tourist guide offers an in depth coverage with background and recommendations for travel in Munnar, Thiruvanandapuram (Trivandrum), Kovalam, Varkala, Kollam (Quilon), Alappuzha (Alleppey), Kottayam, Kumarakom, Thekkady (Periyar), Palakkad, Kochi (Cochin) , Ernakulam, Thrissur (Trichur), Guruvayoor , Kozhikode (Calicut) and Wayanad.

Traveling around : Air, train or road can reach Kerala. The three major airports are Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram), Cochin (Kochi) and Calicut (Kozhikode). There are efficient rail services from the main coastal towns to the rest of the country. Most visitors will use tourist taxi to get around. Tourists can travel by road to all corners of Kerala.

The best time to visit Kerala is between November and March and during August and September, when the skies are clear and humidity at its least debilitating. June and July is considered the auspicious time to begin a course in Ayurvedic treatment if you want to really experience the benefits, but a beach holiday is out as the sand often disappears under the high tides and crashing waves.
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