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Kerala Beach Kerala is situated on the southwestern region of India, popularly known as ‘God’s Own Country’,the land presents vistas of greenery from the majestic heights of Western Ghats with its exotic hill stations undulating west ward to endless miles of placid back waters, whispering green coconut corridors long shore line, golden beaches with hot sunshine and warm sea, enchanting art forms, historic and cultural monuments.

Kerala has a host of colourful magical festivals and is a land of rich cultural heritage. Kerala is also an ideal destination of health holidays., The landscape is dominated by rice fields, mango and cashewnut trees and, above all, coconut palms. The equable climate with copious shower has ensured a never-ending supply of fresh fruits, vegetables, cereals, nuts, and spices.

People have been sailing to kerala in search of spices, sandalwood and ivory for at least 2000 years. Kerala is one of the ten 'Paradises Found' by the National Geographic Traveler, for its diverse geography and overwhelming greenery. Kerala -is a perfect destination for tourism, holidays, Honeymoon,art, culture, tradition,health care, yoga, ayurveda and meditation.

Kerala At A Glance - cherai temple festival
Southwestern tip of India  
38, 863 sq km
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Major Cities
Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi (Ernakulam district) and Kozhikode.
Malayalam; English is widely spoken.
Hinduism, Christianity, Islam
GMT +5:30
Indian Rupee
February - May (24° - 33°C)
June - September (22° - 28°C)
October - January (22° - 32°C)
Kerala Population

318.39 lakhs as per the latest 2001 Census (31.839 Million)  
Density of Population
819 per sq kms
Kerala's Share in the National Population
3.1 per cent
District Average
22.74 lakhs (2.274 Million)
Sex Ratio
1058 women for 1000 men

  Literacy Rate
90.92 per cent.  
Male Literacy Rate
94.20 per cent
Female Literacy Rate
87.86 per cent

Air: There are three international airports in the state. They are at Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode and Nedumbassery (Kochi) and operate international flights and domestic flights.
Road and Rail: The state is well connected by rail and road.
Major : Kochi  
Major Beaches
Kovalam,Cherai, , Fort Kochi, Varkala ,Kappad and Bekal
Major Wild Life Sanctuaries
Thekkady (Periyar), Parambikkulam, Wayanad, Silent Valley, Aralm, Peechi-Vazhani, Chimani, Shenduruny, Idukki, Chinnar, Peppara, Neyyar.
Bird Sanctuary
Thattekad, Kumarakom
Major Hill Stations
Ponmudi, Peerumade, Thekkady, Munnar and Wayanad
Farm / Cash Crops
Rubber, Coffee, Tea, Spices, Pepper, Cashew, Coconut, Arecanut and rice
Marine, Coir, Handicrafts, Spices, Food and other Products
Major Industries
Tourism, Information Technology, Fertilizer, Oil Refining and Power Generation, Ship Buildings, Machine Tools, Electronics, Cables, Rubber.
Accommodation & Food
Luxury hotels, medium type hotels as well as low budget hotels are available in kerala . Sadya, the typical kerala feast served on a banana leaf, is a sumptous spread of rice and more than fourteen vegetable dishes - sambar, rasam, olan, kaalan, pachadi, kichadi, aviyal, thoran etc., Pickle, crisp pappadam and banana chips topped off with payasam, the deliciously sweet dessert cooked in milk
Kerala climate is pleasant. No warm clothes are required except on the highranges during winter. Kerala has three major seasons, Summer (February - May) Winter (October -January) and the Monsoon (June - September).

Mundu & Chatta is the traditional dress among Christain women and Rawka, Mundu & Neriyath is the traditional dress among Hindu women which is still followed by some peoples. Dhoti / Pants and Shirts are the common dress for men & Sari / Churidar for women.

Fairs and Festivals of Kerala
There are colourful fairs and festivals attached to hindu temples, muslim mosques, and christian churches. There are also national and regional festivals, like onam, boat race etc.
Kerala lies along a 590 km. Sun drenched, palm fringed, coast line of the arabian sea from Kannur to Thukkalai, (near cape commerin) with sandy beaches on the west, the Sahya mountains of the Western Ghats on the east, surrounded by Tamil Nadu on the south and east and Karnataka on the north. Kerala has three distinct physiographical features, the highlands, the middle lands and the low lands with a total area of about 38,863 i.e. 1.04% of the total area of India. 

Malayalam language is the mother tounge of Kerala. But Kanada is mainly spoken in the northern districts as it's near to Karnataka and Tamil is spoken in the Eastern & Sountern districts as it's near to Tamil Nadu. English & Hindi is also spoken commonly as people from Northern part of India also come & settle in Kerala.

Kerala Sadya, the typical kerala feast served on a banana leaf, is a sumptous spread of rice and more than fourteen vegetable dishes - sambar, rasam, olan, kaalan, pachadi, kichadi, aviyal, thoran etc. The culinary skills of the various communities of kerala has given us a cuisine of great variety.Every dish prepared in kerala has coconut and spices added to it. Tender coconut water, 'the world's safest natural soft drink', is a refreshing nutritious thirst quencher.
Arts & crafts of Kerala
Wood, cane, fibre and coconut shell craft are mostly done in Kerala. Kathakali models in wood, painted in the vibrant colours of the art form are popular souvenirs, as are rosewood elephants, miniature models of snake boats, baskets, trays and furniture made of cane, coconut shell cups, vases and spoons.
An Aranmula kannadi or Aranmula metal mirror is a special type of mirror produced at Aranmula, a village in the state of Kerala. Composed of a special metal alloy, instead of glass, the Aranmula kannadi is a front surface reflection mirror, which eliminates secondary reflections and aberrations typical of back surface mirror. The exact metals used in the alloy are unknown, by are mixed with copper and tin to cast the missors, before being polished for several days in a row to achieve their reflective surface.
Rivers in Kerala
There are in total 44 rivers in kerala .Out of it 41 flow towards the west, while 3 of them make their way to the east.

Travel Tips


Foreign Nationals desirous of coming into India are required to possess a valid passport of their country and a valid Indian Visa.There is no provision of 'Visa on Arrival' in India and no fee is charged for immigration facilities at the airports. Foreign passengers should ensure that they are in possession of valid Indian Visa before they start their journey to India Carry your visa for entry to India/Kerala on your holiday. For further clarifications, contact the Indian High Commission. For visa extension, contact Office of the Commissioner of Police, Thiruvananthapuram.


Procedure for obtaining Visa

Visas can be applied for in person or by post at the High Commission of India based in the country from where the candidate intends to depart for India. Specific visas are granted for a variety of purposes that are aforementioned.

Requirements for Visa

Generally the following documents are required for obtaining Indian Visa. However, the requirement may vary from country to country.

Original passport valid for at least 6 months
Visa fee
Two passport size photographs
Supporting documents, where necessary
Duly completed application form

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Money | Banks | Credit cards | Currency


There is no limit to the amount of foreign currency that visitors can bring | Banks are open for transaction from 10.00 to 14.00 hrs on all days except Sundays | Main hotels, restaurants and shopping centres honour major credit cards | Indian Rupee (INR)

Best time to visit : High season: October to April , Rejuvenation programmes: May to September
Travel wear : Cotton outfits, hats, sunglasses, sunscreen lotion etc
Temple codes : Footwear inside the temple and entry into the sanctum sanctorum are banned in all the temples. Other customs and codes of conduct and dress in temples across the state vary from one another. Some temples do not permit entry to non-Hindus, while some do. Shirts for men and pants are banned in some temples and allowed in some others. Where they have banned to wear such dress; men are allowed to wear Mundu & wemen may wear sarees / half-sarees / long skirts.  
Nudity : Nudity is not allowed in any Kerala beach.Behaviour demonstrating affection in public like kissing is not an accepted practice in Kerala.
Words from writers ,Travelers and travel magazines.

Kerala - One of the 50 must see destinations of a lifetime - " National Geographic Travel "national geography channel

Kerela - One of the 10 paradises of the World - " National Geographic Travel "

Kerala - One of the 100 great trips for the 21st century - " Travel and Leisure "

Kerala - One of the ten hot spots for the millennium - " Emirates In-flight Magazine "

Kerala - One of the ten love nests in India - " Cosmopolitan "

Kerala - One of the six destinations of the millennium - " Khaleej Times "

Kerala Tourism - Prestigious International Award for Leisure Tourism for the year 2000-2001,by Pacific Area Travel Writer's Association PTWA

Kerala Tourism - the best State that promoted tourism in India in the year 2001 - " Outlook Traveller " and TAAI


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