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Kerala

Kerala - God's Own Country

A land of rivers, backwaters, rice fields and coconut palms, Kerala offers a wholesome experience for the tourist as well as for the religious and spiritual minded.

Thiruvananthapuram

The capital of today's Kerala as well as that of the progressive Travancore princely state. Trivandrum or Tiruvananthapuram is named after its principal, presiding deity, Lord Vishnu as Ananthapadmanabha. The Lord reclining on his snake bed can be beheld from three doorways. The Kaudiyar and Kudiramaliga palaces afford a peep into the olden, glorious days of the Travancore royalty. Nearbhy is the Kovalam beach, the beautiful world-famous tourist haven. Very near Trivandrum is the Varkala beach which sports unusual sandstone cliffs, a breathtaking sight. Nearby is the Janardhana Swamy temple, a shrine dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

Kollam

The ethereal magic of Kerala is best experienced along its canals and backwaters. Nestled on the banks of the Ashtamudi Kayal, Kollam offers a wholesome experience of boating on the canals and in the Arabian sea itself. One gets to experience Kerala village life and witness coir-making, the making of products with palm leaves and much more. Kollam is also famous for its exquisitely tasty cashewnuts.

Alleppey

Known as the Venice of the East, Alleppey offers a charm that is hard to find anywhere else in India. This is the nucleus of the backwater culture of Kerala. People live on its narrow banks with water on both sides. Their means of transport is only the boat and each home possesses at least one boat. Schools, colleges, temples, churches, mosques all can be reached only by boat. Floating markets are quite a common sight in this region. This region is one of the four or five places in the whole world where farming is done below sea level. It affords an extremely rich, learning experience and one get to know of a different kind of lifestyle. Nearby is the Devi temple of Chertala. Here, the Goddess manifested from muddy waters and is enshrined on the ground level itself. Haripad has a rare temple for Lord Subramanya.

Aranmula

Temple for Lord Krishna as Arjuna's charioteer Parthasarathy. This temple is on the banks of the river Pampa that tumbles down from the famous pilgrim centre of Sabarimala. Here, the main offering to the Lord are the boat races conducted during the Malayalam festival of Onam. Aranmula mirrors that use no glass are now world-famous.

Kottayam

A region of temples and churches, Kottayam offers food for the eyes too. Kumarakom is a tourist getaway also famous for its backwaters. One of the biggest lakes the Vembanad is situated here. It is rich in flora and fauna. The Vaikkom Siva temple famous for its Annadanam, is nearby.

Cochin - Ernakulam

Cochin is the confluence of many islands and is one of India's modern cities too. The Jewish synagogues that remind us of the Jewish connection to India, the Chinese fishing nets that are unique to this region, daily Kathakali shows and many more attractions await the traveller. Nearby is the sacred place of Kaladi, hallowed as Adi Sankara's birthplace. Also nearby is the Aluva Siva temple located right in the middle of the Periyar river.

Munnar

3 hours from Kochi is the hill station of Munnar, a part of the Western ghats contiguous with that of Tamil Nadu. There are a number of breathtaking sights to behold here, including giant waterfalls, the panoramic Eastern side of the mountains, tea estates etc. Chottanikkarai Bhagavati temple is a very important and powerful Devi kshetra where the Goddess gives darshan as Mahalakshmi, Saraswati and Durga.

Thrissur

Deemed to be the cultural capital of Kerala, this central district hosts many ancient temples and breathtaking rituals like the Trissur Pooram, a spectacle of tens of decorated elephants standing in a row and swaying to the music of Kerala's unique percussion instruments. GURUVAYUR, the abode of Lord Krishna is a powerful shrine that radiates the Power of God for all to experience. The four Ramayana brothers, Rama, Bharata, Lakshmana and Shatrugna have separate temples, all unique in their conception and rituals. Siva is celebrated as Lord Vadakkunnathan in the centre of the city and here the main offering is ghee abhisheka. 45 km away is the breathtaking waterfalls of Athirapalli and Vazhachal. Kerala Kalamandalam is a repository of learning of the unique artforms of Kerala like Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, etc.

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