Kerala – GOD’S OWN COUNTRY

by admin on July 12, 2010

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Imagine a place with gurgling streams and still, brooding waters. Where a thousand birds call out in a pleasant cacophony, animals roam in gay abandon, their habitats untouched, and lush green spreads unchecked. Where the grain is in bounty and the men are content and happy. Would this place not be as if it were blessed by the very gods?

Such a place is Kerala. Touchingly beautiful, the place exudes a soothing serenity. It is a haven for those seeking a break from the rigors of their daily routines, and, once visited, cannot be forgotten. Thankfully, there are a whole of lot Kerala Tours that you can choose from.

Kerala Houseboat

A Beautiful Houseboat in Kerala

The back waters in Kumarakom lie calm and tranquil, very unlike the boisterous sea waves. A lone fisherman can very often be seen in a rowboat in the distance. The hills in Munnar spread out in gentle valleys and peaks, with tea plantations lending a green hue to every bit of the surroundings.

The Kerala Boat Race

A Picture of a traditional Kerala Boat Race

While the peak tourist season is between October and March, it is thronged with tourists all year round, June-July (monsoons) being an ideal season for the Ayurvedic treatments Kerala is popular for. Another unparalleled attraction of Kerala is the boat race festival. These snake boat races are held between August and September, to celebrate Onam, the harvest festival of Kerala. An average snake boat requires four helmsmen, about 25 singers, and more than a hundred oarsmen. The boat is rowed by them in perfect unison to the fast cadence of Vanchipattu, the song sung by the boatmen.

Any dialogue on Kerala is incomplete without a mention of its beaches, the Kovalam and Cherai beaches being particularly popular. Kerala is also fast becoming home to many Yoga and other self-realization retreats, given its quiescent surroundings and untouched natural beauty.

A lovely Sunset at Kovalam Beach, India

A lovely Sunset at Kovalam Beach, India

Cherai Beach - Karela

Cherai Beach - Karela

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interestingly, Kerala is one of the few states in India with a positive sex-ratio and a literacy rate exceeding ninety-five percent. Unfortunately, though, there aren’t as many white-collar jobs as there are well-educated people, which is leading to a messy trade-union menace threatening to destroy Keralite industries, but that is not an aspect of Kerala a tourist ever sees.

Yummy Kerala Food

Yummy Kerala Food

The Keralite cuisine is sumptuous and given the abundance of spices grown in Kerala, it is richly flavored with black pepper, cardamoms, ginger, cloves and cinnamon. Rice is grown in great quantities too, and is the staple diet in the native cuisine. A traditional banquet, or Sadhya is generally vegetarian and includes boiled rice, sambhar (a traditional vegetable stew made with pulses and tamarind), parippu (anther preparation of pulses), aviyal (a thick mixture of vegetables, curd and coconut), kaalan (a dish made of yogurt, coconut and any one vegetable, like a yam. It is thicker and more sour than aviyal), thoran (a dry dish made from finely chopped vegetables), olan (prepared from pumpkin, coconut milk and ginger and in coconut oil), injipuli (a dark brown keralite curry made of ginger, green chillies and jaggery), papadam (a thin crispy cracker), mooru (buttermilk), kaya upperi (chips fried in coconut oil and sprinkled in salt) and payasam (rice pudding). Since Kerala has Muslims and Christians in large minorities, even the non-vegetarian cuisine is well-developed, despite the majority hindu population being vegetarian.

 

Whether for idyllic beauty, self-realization, or a memorable vacation, Kerala is highly recommended by all that have ever been enraptured by its wonders. Do visit, and you’ll know why it’s popularly known as God’s own country.

 

Travel to Lovely Kerala

Bye Bye Kerala

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