Kerela - GodsOwn Country - Backwater

KERALA (INDIA) - GODS OWN COUNTRY


Surrounded by the Arabian Sea in the West , Western Ghats hills in the East & networked by numerous rivers, back water, lakes Kerala enjoy with unique geographical features.

KERALA or Keralam, the land of kera or coconut, is a never-ending array of coconut palms…sun blanched beaches…kettuvallams over enchanting backwaters… magical monsoon showers…silent valleys vibrant with flora and fauna…misty mountains of the Western Ghats…fragrance of spices…evenings reverberating with the rhythm of a thousand art forms...fairs and festivals... Welcome to Kerala benign and beautiful!
                                       
Origin of Kerala has been linked to a legend dating back to Satya Yug. According to this legend, Kerala rose up from the sea when Lord Parasurama threw his axe into it and the sea receded to bring up this narrow strip of land from underneath. Lord Parasurama, believed to be the sixth avatar of Lord Mahavishnu, threw his axe from Gokarnam southward across the ocean in rage and in repentance for his actions of killing Kshatriyas. The land of Kerala emerged from the waters of the Arabian Sea with the blessing of Varuna-the God of Oceans and Bhumidevi- the Goddess of Earth. The sobriquet “God’s own Country” thus bestows itself on Kerala.

GENERAL INFORMATION OF KERALA
Location          : South Western Tip of India.
Area                : 38,863 square km.
Population      : 31,838,619 (Census 2001)
Capital            : Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum )
Language        : Malayalam
Religion           : Hinduism, Christianity, Islam.
Climate           : Tropical  

KOCHI
Kochi (colonial name Cochin) is a vibrant city situated on the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula in the breathtakingly scenic and prosperous state of Kerala, hailed as 'God's Own Country'. Its strategic importance over the centuries is underlined by the sobriquet Queen of the Arabian Sea. Informally, Cochin is also referred to as the Gateway to Kerala.

ATHIRAPALLY
Athirappally Waterfalls, 78 kms from Kochi, located at the entrance to Sholayar ranges .Affording to the onlookers, one of the most bewitching sights; Athirappally Falls is about 80 feet high and located in the forest area. 


MUNNAR
Munnar is a hill station on the Western Ghats, a range of mountains situated in the Idukki district of the Indian state of Kerala. The name Munnar is believed to mean "three rivers", referring to the town's strategic location at the confluence of the Madhurapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly rivers.

THEKKADY
Thekkady is the location of the Periyar National Park, which is an important tourist attraction in the Kerala state of India.

KUMARAKOM
Kumarakom is a popular tourism destination located near the city of Kottayam in Kerala, famous for its backwater tourism. It is set in the backdrop of the Vembanad Lake which is the largest freshwater lake in the state of Kerala.

ALLEPPY
Alleppey, also known as Alappuzha is often called as "Venice of East" because of its numerous waterways. These huge networks of lagoons, canals, and lakes are the lifeline of Alleppey.


THIRUVANANTHAPURAM
The Capital of Kerala, Trivandrum sprawling across seven hills, is crowned by the Western Ghats. The District boasts of a long shoreline with internationally renowned beaches such as – Kovalam & Varkala, Historic Monuments, Backwater Stretches & Rich Cultural Heritage.


VARKALA
Varkala, a calm and quiet hamlet, lies on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram district.


KOVALAM
Kovalam – “groove of coconut trees”....... situated 16 kms from the Capital of Kerala is a city with four sandy bays.

QUILON
Quilon (also known as Kollam) is situated in the southwest corner of India in the state of Kerala.Kolllam is the fourth largest city in Kerala and is known for Cashew processing & Coir manufacturing.


KANYAKUMARI
Kanyakumari is famed for its incomparable geographical location of its lands end of India where the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal.

GURUVAYOOR
Guruvayoor – (nickname: DWARKA of the south) is one of the most sacred and important pilgrim centres of Kerala. Its main attraction is the Sree Krishna temple.

PALAKKAD
Palakkad is rightfully known as the Gateway of Kerala, giving the rest of India access to the State. Its other name is Palghat was contributed by British Raj.Palakkad is a land of Palm trees & Paddy fields. It’s known to be rich in flora & fauna.

KASARGOD
Kasargod is the northernmost district of Kerala and world renowned for its coir and handloom industries. 

BEKAL FORT
The largest and the best-preserved fort in Kerala. History sleeps here among the lonely battlements of the Bekal Fort, by the sea shore.

WAYANAD
Wayanad, the green paradise is nestled among the mountains of the Western Ghats, forming the border world of the greener part of Kerala. Clean and pristine, enchanting and hypnotizing, this land is filled with history & culture.







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