Kerala, a beautiful state in Southwestern India, is aptly called "God's Own Country." Visitors have come to this seaside paradise for centuries, drawn by its famed spices, natural beauty, tropical climate, friendly people and rich cultural heritage. St Thomas, one of the disciples of Jesus, traveled to the Malabar Coast as early as 52 A.D., to spread his religious message.
Whether it's a spiritual connection, ayurvedic therapy or simple relaxation you're looking for, Kerala has it all and so much more. The Arabian Sea gently splashes alongside a beautiful coastline of sunlit beaches, lined with coconut palms swaying in the sea breeze. The placid backwaters come alive with snake boat races and the silence of the green countryside is broken by the trumpeting of grandly-decorated elephants at Temple festivals.
You can relax on a pristine beach, rejuvenate yourself with treatments at an exotic spa, drift through lagoons and backwaters in a houseboat, watch herds of elephants in the wild, taste the delicious local cuisine, be enchanted by a traditional Kathakali dance performance, celebrate the colourful festivals, interact with the friendly people of one of India's most literate states, enjoy the tropical weather and realize why this beautiful corner of India is truly God's own country.
Kovalam Beach: Located 18 km from Thiruvananthapuram, this beach is considered to be one of the best in the world. Apart from swimming and relaxing on the white sands, you can enjoy surfing, water skiing and a catamaran ride.
Varkala Beach: The striking geography of this beautiful beach has made it very popular. Behind the beach are towering cliffs that contrast with the white sands and the blue sky and clear water.
Backwaters: Travelling through the backwaters of Kerala on a traditional kettuvallom or houseboat is a tour like no other. The tranquil water, the green palm-fringed coast, the sounds of sea birds calling, tropical vegetation and friendly people. It is an experience to cherish forever.
Kumarakom: A cluster of islands located on the Vembanad Lake, with mangrove forests, a bird sanctuary, paddy fields, palm trees, and waterways, this getaway feels like a corner of paradise.
Kochi: Formerly known as Cochin and also called the "Queen of the Arabian Sea" this seaside town is the commercial and industrial capital of the state. Apart from the busy port, there's a lot to see in this picturesque town. One of the oldest synagogues in the world is located here in Cochin. Built in 1568, this beautiful structure is worth a visit. St Francis Church, where Vasco da Gama was temporarily buried, Fort Cochin, the Dutch Palace at Matancherry, the Santa Cruz Basilica and the Chinese fishing nets used by local fishermen are all must-see stops on your tour of Kochi
Allapuzha: This beautiful coastal destination, has some of the most picturesque backwaters in Kerala. The annual snake boat races held here every year are a popular attraction. Teams of rowers power their long narrow boats, swiftly through the water competing for the Nehru Cup.
Please note that there are no nude beaches in India and nudity may offend local customs.