Tour Itineraries for Kerala :
Kerala is a narrow, fertile strip of land on the southwest coast of India. This gorgeous green state rightly appellated as The God's Own Country lies between the Lakshadweep Sea and the Western Ghats. The amazing landscapes in Kerala are the gift of the sea and the mountains surrounding the state. Overwhelmed by Kerala's scenic splendor, a tourist once exclaimed, "The God that made Kerala had green thumbs!"
It is in this tranquil land of Kerala, with coconut trees and wide backwater stretches, that ensure you a perfect relaxation. The golden sandy beaches of boundless cerulean Arabian Sea invite you to sit hours together on the seashore with waves caressing your legs. You can also simply lie down to experience the quietness in the atmosphere and the picturesque beauty all around.
Besides these backwaters, other equally beautiful water bodies elsewhere are Veli (in South Kerala), Kadinamkulam, Edava, Anjengo, Madayara, Peravur, Ashtamudi, Kayamkulam, Kodungalur, Chetuva and Valiyaparamba (in North Kerala). You can also have a stroll at the Kovalam Beach and stay in the Kovalam Beach Resort to experience a royal stay.
History of Kerala
The state of Kerala derived its name from the word Keralaputra (land of the sons of Cheras), as mentioned in one of the edicts of Ashoka (273-236 BC). Famous as a trade zone for spices, sandalwood and ivory; Kerala was ruled over by the Cheras until the early Middle Ages. Kerala saw the emergence of a new trend in its politico-economic life after the arrival of Vasco da Gama in 1498 AD. Portuguese, Dutch, English and the Arab traders fought with each other to capture the spice trade of Kerala.
Tourist Places in Kerala
The Tour to Kerala reveals to you that the entire state is dotted with tourist destinations. Backwaters, historical structures, culture, wildlife, and natural beauty, the Kerala Tour has many other interesting surprises for you.
The major tourist destinations in the state include Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Kovalam, Thrissur, Kozhikode, Munnar, Palakkad, Alappuzha, Kollam, Kannur, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, and Sabrimalai etc which project the vibrant life and colour of Kerala at every step.
The state has pioneered the concept of eco tourism is committed to increase the participation of tourists in making the state tourist friendly. The Kerala Tour welcomes the tourist irrespective of their age, caste and creed as Nature speaks only one Language. Whether you crave for beauty, landscape, mountains, rivers, birds, animals, private moments, boating, adventure and water sports or the temples and village life; you have it all at one go.
Alappuzha (Alleppey) is one of the exotic backwater sites of Kerala backwater tour. Washed by the Arabian Sea, interlocked by a number of canals and bridges, this place is associated with the famous Nehru Trophy boat race held every year. So plan a Kerala Tour to enjoy the real adventure and buck up the participants without being a part of it. Alappuzha other than its natural beauty aptly provides you the locally made coir products of superior quality.
Even a simple dawn in Cochin or Kochi, showcases the breathtaking beauty by giving a mirage of the horizon. Cargo-laden barges and vallams or country boats move, ponderously slow, over the sprawling vastness of the Vembanad Kayal, Kerala's largest lake that spreads full bosomed and silver gray in the sultry sun. Other than the lake the commercial harbour of Cochin explains you why Cochin has attained the status of commercial capital of Kerala.
The word Kottayam is formed by the union of the words Kotta (meaning fort) and Akkam (meaning inside). Kottayam is one of the exotic backwaters destination attracting tourists throughout the year. Being a mountainous region with scenic landscapes, backwaters, bird sanctuaries, temples and churches; it will attract you to tour to Kerala for some more time.
In addition to a backwater destination in a tour of Kerala; you can also visit the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, which has some of the rare and extinct bird species. You any also be fortunate enough to have a close glimpse of those birds. If you are an adventurous buff, then you can indulge in water sports such as windsailing & water skiing. You can enjoy canoeing out in the quiet lakes.
Munnar is a small hill station nestled between the Kannan Devan hills. You can roam around to savor its lush green surroundings, lakes, reservoirs, forests, and tea estates. The serene environs of Munnar attract the traveler to relax in the lap of Mother Nature. Munnar also beckons the adventure-seeking traveler, interested in paragliding. Munnar has some of the highest tea estates in the world making it the top notch tourist spot in a Kerala tour.
Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve is one of the most captivating wildlife parks in the world. In 1895, the British undertook water resource management plans for the area and started work on a dam and an artificial lake under the auspices of Col. J. Pennycuick. The picturesque lake in the heart of the sanctuary was originally 26 sq km but now it spans an area of 55 sq km. This perennial source of water, slowly attracted wild animals making it ideal for a wildlife sanctuary. Under the Project Tiger scheme it became the wildlife sanctuary as well as a protected tiger reserve. You can enjoy boating in the Periyar Lake, elephant and Jeep safari in the park. You may be fortunate enough to view the King of the Jungle - Tiger. The other animals which can be viewed easily are deers, elephants, neel gai, sambhar etc.
Backwater Tour Kerala
The most favourite Kerala Tour opted by tourists is the Kerala backwater tour, which introduces you to the verdant green forests and the omnipresent wildlife in Kerala. The backwater destinations like Alappuzha, Kovalam, Kasargod, Kochi, Kottayam etc. make up the best and enchanting backwater destinations in Kerala. If you coincide your Tour to Kerala with the festivities in the Kerala state during the month of Onam then you have a double entertainment by observing the customs and traditions of Kerala.
How To Reach Kerala
The three airports in the state-at Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, and Kozhikode offer you an easy access to the other parts of the country. Thiruvananthapuram is also an international airport, connecting the state to many places in the Middle East.
There are around 200 railway stations in Kerala making the inter-state and intra-state transportation and Kerala Tour easy and convenient in all respects. Long-distance express trains connect important places in the state to places outside the state like Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, and Kolkata.
An extensive network of metalled roads connects most of the places within the state making Kerala Tour easygoing. National highways 47, 17, and 49 connect Kerala with other parts of the country.
Inland water navigation systems are available in many districts. Boats are extensively used to connect many places in the state. State has major ports at Kochi and Vizhinjam. Minor ports are Neendakara, Azheekkala and Beypore.