Ayurveda in Kerala
Call it a blessing of God, Kerala's friendly climate, natural abundance of forests (with a wealth of herbs and medicinal plants), and the cool extended monsoon season (June - November) are best suited for Ayurveda's curative and restorative packages.
One of the unique features of the beaches of Kerala are the clean sands bound by incessant rows of palm trees. This adds to the magic created by sunbathing, boating and swimming in these waters.
The only way to discover the real Kerala is to cruise along its backwaters. You will experience a totally different Kerala as you sail down these soothing waters in a country craft and absorb this unusual representation of Kerala life. Kerala's centuries-old, palm fringed backwaters stretch over 1900 kms.
Travel back in time to the rich palaces of the Kings of yore to be crowned a king. Lose yourself amidst cool, tranquil monuments. Marvel at the exquisite architecture. The intricate stone carvings, and the delightful fables wander around enchanting museums. Explore the ruins of ancient forts.
Kerala had been the hub of much political activity in the past and has witnessed the influx of various foreign powers, which settled down in various parts of the state. The imposing forts such as the St.Angelo's Fort, Bekal Fort, Palakkad Fort built by these colonial powers speak volumes about the foreign influence on architecture.
Kerala Hill Stations
Kerala has been famous for its natural riches at least since the time of King Solomon. Driving from the ocean to the hills the moist jade of coastal rice and paddy fields and coconut groves give way to bananas, black pepper, Ginger and tapioca. Moving higher the road begins to wind through tea estates and plantations of coffee, rubber and spices.
The museums and art galleries of Kerala resound with the glory of a bygone era that was replete with exotic art forms.
Lakes of Kerala
There are 34 lakes in the state. From the geographical point of view lakes can be segmented into three - Bordered by the sandbank and running almost parallel to the riverbank are the first category. These include the Vembanadu and Kayamkulam Lake. The second type has its front side covered with land. The last category includes the lakes that extend till the west of the coastal area and running almost perpendicular to the riverbank. Ashtamudi Lake belongs to the third category.The largest is the Vembanadu Lake covering an area of 260 sq.km. followed by the Ashtamudi.
The Wildlife Parks, reserves, sanctuaries and National Parks stretch from the southern tip of Kerala to the Northern Border with Karnataka.
Kerala has a fairly rich mythological heritage and there are temples of several gods and goddesses almost throughout the state. All these temples are not only significant from their religios importance but are also great architectural set ups. Some are huge and richly decorated while others are small with simple decor, but invarianbly all speak volumes about the highly religious temperament of the people.
Forests in Kerala
The Western Ghats, the natural mountain barriers of Kerala, bordering Tamil Nadu and Karnataka are home to the majority of Kerala's forests and wildlife. Not long ago, these forests made a contiguous path for animal migration. But the unrestricted migration of vast populations from the plains in search of cultivable lands during the 50's and 60's saw the alarming denudation of the forest cover and along with it the destruction of wildlife.
Pilgrimage in Kerala
The Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala, 80 kms. from the Pathanamthitta district head quarters, is a National Pilgrim Centre. This famous shrine of Lord Ayyappa is surrounded by hazardous hills like Karimala and Neelimala.
Waterfalls in Kerala
Enchanting and serene waterfalls welcome you at the entrance of the Sholayar ranges. One can find frequents buses to Athirappally from Chalakudy-40 km from Cochin on the Thrissur route. Athirappally is 77 km north of Cochin (Kochi).
Kerala travel guide takes you to various popular destinations in Kerala.