Kerala is a state in the south-west region of India on the Malabar Coast. It was formed on 1 November 1956 spread over 38,863 km2 (15,005 sq mi), bordered by Karnataka to the north and north east, Tamil Nadu to the east and south, and the Lakshadweep Sea to the west.
Kerala is the twelfth largest state by population. Kerala is divided into fourteen districts. State capital of Kerala is Thiruvananthapuram. Malayalam is the most widely spoken and official language of the state.
Kerala is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India, especially famous for its ecotourism initiatives. Kerala is named as one of the ten paradises of the world by National Geographic Traveler.
Kerala is also tagged as God’s Own Country. Kerala is well known for her beaches, wildlife sanctuaries, mountain ranges and backwaters.
Major tourist attractions in Kerala:
Beaches in Kerala: Kerala beaches are spread along the 550-km Arabian Sea coastline. Popularly visited beaches in Kerala:
|Alappuzha||Kappad||Vadanappilly Beach (Thrissur)|
|Beypore Beach||Kovalam Beach||Varkala|
|Cherai Beach||Marari Beach|
|Fort Kochi||Nattika (Thrissur)|
The only drive-in beach in India is Muzhappilangad Beach at Kannur.
Backwaters in Kerala: Houseboat rides in the backwaters of Kerala are major tourist attraction in state. Backwater tourism in Kerala is in Alappuzha, Kollam and Kumarakom.
Boat racing during festival seasons is the most popular among tourists in the backwater regions. Linked by 1500 km of canals, Vembanad Lake is the largest lake which is both man-made and natural and fed by several rivers.
Hill Stations: Eastern Kerala includes high mountains, gorges, and deep-cut valleys.
The wildest lands are covered with dense forests, while other regions lie under tea and coffee plantations and other forms of cultivation.
Most popular hill stations in the region are:
|Anamudi Shola National Park||Mathikettan Shola National Park||Periyar National Park|
|Eravikulam National Park||Pambadum Shola National Park||Silent Valley National Park|
|Agasthyamalai Biosphere Reserve||Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve|
|Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary||Malabar Wildlife Sanctuary||Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary|
|Chimmony Wildlife sanctuary||Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary||Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary|
|Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary||Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary||Thattekad Bird Sanctuary|
|Culannur Wildlife Sanctuary||Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary||Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary|
|Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary||Peechi-Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary|
|Kurinjimala Sanctuary||Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary|