Kerala, the 'God's own Country', is situated on the south west corner of India and has the most enterprising and industrious people in the country. This land of lovely palm fringed wide sandy beaches has lush green vegetation all over. A journey along its coast line takes one through sheets of tender green paddy fields, cardamom groves and slopping plantations of tea and tapioca. Though the people of Kerala is busy raising valuable cash crops like tea, rubber, cardamom, coffee and cashew nut, it still lives at the leisurely pace of ageless craft plying canals and backwaters. The State offers one of the finest beaches in the country at Kovalam and one of the best wildlife sanctuaries at Thekkady (Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary).
Kerala came into being on 1st November 1956 and has made the history of becoming the first Indian State to attain 100% literacy. Kerala is also famous for its secular character where people of three major religious beliefs co-exist. The State is dotted with ancient temples, churches and mosques. There are Jewish settlers and their synagogues too. A visit to this tiny fertile friendly land will reveal a kaleidoscope of deep rooted cultures, traditions and delightful sensations.
Main languages: Malayalam, English, Hindi
When to go: October to March
Getting There & Away: How to reach Kerala
Road: 11 National Highways with total length of 1,524 km criss-cross the state of Kerala. NH-17 between Thalapadi and Edapally (Panavel – Kochi), NH-47 connecting Salem and Kanyakumari, NH-49 between Kochi and Madurai, NH-208 between Kollam and Thirumangalam, NH-212 connecting Kozhikode to Mysore, NH-213 linking Palakkad and Kohzikode are few significant ones. Total 4,341 km long State Highways in Kerala also play a vital role in road connectivity.
Rail: Thiruvanthapuram Central is ithe main Railway Station in Kerala. Thalassery, Tirur, Thrissur, Ernakulam, Palakkad, Kannur, Kohzikode and Kottayam are opther significant Railway stations.
Air: Trivandrum, Calicut and Cochin are three International Airports controlling the major Air Traffic. Kannur International Airport is also on verge of completion.