About Kerala

Kerala has 14 districts that are spread across the length and breadth of the region and these districts basically make the major cities of Kerala. All the cities of Kerala have been lavishly blessed by Mother Nature and have immense tourist potential. The cities of tourist attraction in Kerala includes the Backwater paradise of Alappuzha, the commercial capital and twin city of Kochi - Ernakulam, the great pilgrimage centre of Pathanamita, the green and clean capital city of Thiruvananthapuram and Kerala's cultural capital Thrissur.


Places to Visit

Allapuzha

Situated on the banks of Vembanad Lake, the town's commercial centre lives in a maze of canals. Set in the labyrinth of Backwater channels, the town is one of the best gateways to explore the unspoilt countryside.

A historic and romantic name from Kerala's past, Alappuzha was once one of the best known ports along the coast of Malabar. The centre for Backwater Cruises in Kerala, the Backwaters of Alappuzha (Alleppey) can be best experienced in a country boat.

Kochi

Kochi (Cochin), the commercial and industrial capital of Kerala, has one of the finest natural harbours in the world. Ancient mariners from Arabia, China, Holland, Britain and Portugal have all left their mark on this beautiful island city.

One of the finest natural harbours on the Arabian Sea coast, Kochi (Cochin), earlier known as Cochin has been a port of call for foreign traders from early times.

Trivandrum

Thiruvananthapuram, formerly known as Trivandrum is gateway to one of the most beautiful Indian states, Kerala. Stretching along the southern coast of the country, with the Backwaters reaching deep into the verdant countryside, Kerala affords a fascinating experience

The city of the Thousand - headed Anatha, the holy serpent on which Lord Vishnu reclines. trivandrum is one of the most beautiful cities of India.

Thrissur

Thrissur, with its rich history, cultural heritage and archaeological wealth, is rich in cultural activities. From ancient times, this district has played a significant role in the political history of south India. Thrissur, the name derived from 'Tiru-Shiva-Perur' (the town with the name of Lord Shiva) is the cultural capital of Kerala.

Its most prominent feature is the Vadakkumnathan Kshetram or temple, which has Shiva as its presiding deity.

Kottayum

Kottayam, located in the southern part of Kerala is an important commercial centre of India, producing a large chunk of cash crops. A beautiful town situated in the hills, most of India's natural rubber originates from the acres of well-kept plantations of Kottayam.

The town is also home to the Rubber Board, one of the country's Primary Commodities Board. Situated in the 'Backwater' circuit, the populace of Kottayam is marked by the presence of the Syrian Christian community.

Ernakullam

A prime tourist destination and also the commercial capital the district represents the modern facet of Kerala. The most cosmopolitan of the state's cities, Ernakulam (Kochi) has been long eulogised in tourist literature as the `Queen of the Arabian Sea'. The beauty of the place is stunningly different and has long-standing maritime importance.

Ernakulam is Kerala's major port, which is strategically located on the East-West trade route. Boasting of one of the finest natural harbours in the world.

Thekkady

Thekkady, located in central Kerala, is a popular hill station and a wildlife centre. This town, which is an important plantation centre, conjures up images of elephants, unending chains of hills and spice scented plantations.

In the Periyar Forest of Thekkady is one of the finest wildlife reserves of India and spread across the entire district are picturesque plantations and hill towns that hold immense opportunities for treks and mountain walks.

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