Thursday, August 17, 2017

August to March: Best season to visit Kerala for holidays


Kerala is famous for its natural beauty like coastline, ecotourism, spice plantations, backwater, temples and cultural festivals. Monsoon from June-August is the best time to go for Ayurveda treatments. Visiting Kerala after monsoon help you to explore the greenery and sightseeing places around Fort Kochi, backwaters in Alleppey/Kumarakom and beaches like  Kovalam, Varkala and Calicut.

August 17, 2017 is Chingam Onnu (Chingam 1), the begining of Malayalam New Year in Kerala and Onam Festival falls during this Malayalam month of Chingam that is on September 3rd to 6th.

Kerala is spread from its capital city Thiruvananthapuram to Kasaragod that offers a numerous tourist attractions like Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram, sight seeing places in and around Mattancherry and Fort Cochin, Munnar Hill Station, House boats in Vembanad Lake in Kumarakom/Alleppey, Athirapally Falls, Guruvayor Sri Krishna Temple, calicut tourism places and other tourist attractions in Kerala.

Asia's largest, and the world's third-largest, Naval Academy-Ezhimala Naval Academy-at Kannur is in Kerala. Idukki arch dam, the world's second arch dam, and Asia's first, is in Kerala. The major beaches are at Kovalam, Varkala, Fort Kochi, Cherai, Payyambalam, Kappad, Muzhappilangad (South India's only drive-in beach) and Bekal. Popular hill stations are at Munnar, Wayanad, Wagamon, Peermade, Paithalmala, Nelliampathi and Ponmudi. 

Ecotourism destinations include wildlife sanctuaries and national parks like Periyar Tiger Reserve, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary, Eravikulam National Park, and Silent Valley National Park are the most popular among them. Kerala is known for its ecotourism initiatives which include mountaineering, trekking and bird-watching programmes in the Western Ghats. Elephants have been an integral part of the culture of the state. 

Kerala cuisine and Folk Arts

Kerala cuisine has a multitude of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes prepared using fish, poultry, and meat. Kerala is home to a number of performance arts. Folk arts of Kerala can be broadly classified as ritualistic and non-ritualistic.

Transport

Kerala state is having 3 operational International airports: Cochin International Airport (COK), Calicut International Airport (CCJ) and Trivandrum International Airport (TRV). Kerala is well connected through national and state highways and one can commute via Kerala state buses and private buses, auto rickshaw and taxi car and jeeps. Indian Railways conveniently connect Kerala to nighboring states.

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