Thursday, September 27, 2012

Explore The Best of Kerala

Kerala known as 'God's Own Country' is definitely a place to visit if your are looking to escape your daily life routines. Beaches, hills, backwaters you will find abundance of natural charm in Kerala that are ready to take you to another world.

Speaking of nature, the serenity and beauty you will find here can not found any where else. Come here to get rid of all the tensions of office and crowded cities. Relax your senses with famous Kerala Ayurveda therapy or take a peaceful houseboat ride with your partner. Choice is yours. Lets have a look at what the best of Kerala has to offer to you.

Enjoy serenity at Kerala Backwaters


Take a trip of Famous Kerala Churches


Have a Bite of tasty Kerala Cuisine


Enjoy a Houseboat Ride


Varkla Beach Shore


Friday, October 14, 2011

Ayurveda Tour in Kerala



Ayurveda is a holistic system of healing, that was developed in India over 5000 years ago. This ancient form of science studies the entire personality of a patient - body, mind and spirit. Ayurveda is also referred as 'Science of Life', which includes the herbal treatment of body ailments. Kerala Ayurveda is world famed as it is very effective in maintaining physical and spiritual fitness by curing several diseases.


Method of Treatments of Kerala Ayurveda
Take Ayurveda tour in Kerala for practicing Yoga and meditation. Patients are treated with herbs and oils to retain good health. Body massage, medicated steam bath, sirovasthi, nasyam, and several other treatments are done to improve immunity of the body. Kerala is only a place where Ayurveda treatment is practiced with absolute dedication. The medicines are in form of powder, medicated oils and tablets prepared from natural herbs, minerals and plants.


Famous Resorts of Ayurveda in Kerala

The popular resorts of Ayureveda in Kerala are Coconut Holidays, Manal Theeram Beach Resort, Somatheeram, Keraleeyam Heritage Home and Ayurveda Resort.

So plan Ayurveda tour in Kerala to refresh your body from head to toe, and to attain the peace of mind with tourism in Kerala.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Temples of Kerala

Kerala, also known as God's own country is the land of religion, culture and heritage. The rich culture of Kerala can easily be seen in the temples of Kerala. Kerala Temples are known for the ancient heritage value and excuiste architecture. These temples of Kerala are dedicated to several Hidu Gods and Goddesses.

Most Popular Temples of Kerala


Sabrimala Temple
Sabrimala temple is one of the most ancient temples of country, situated in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala. This holy temple is dedicated to Lord Ayappa. The temple can be visited during the months of November to January.

Guruvayoor Temple
Guruvayoor temple is one of the most important temples of Kerala located in Thrissur district. The temple is dedicated to Hindu Lord Shri Krishna, hence it is also called Guruvayoor Shri Krishna Temple or Bhooloka Vaikuntam.

Sree Padmanabh Swamy Temple
Sree Padmanabh Swamy Temple is situated in Thiruvanantapuram Kerala. This temple is dedicated to Hindu Lord Vishnu, which is known for its amazing Dravidian style of architecture. It is one of 108 Divya Desams (holy temples of Lord Vishnu) famous for its Gopuram.

Vadukkumanthan Temple
Vadukkumanthan Temple is also known as Thenkailasam or Vrishabhachalam, situated in Thrissur district of Kerala. It is and ancitent Kerala temple, dedicated to Hindu Lord Shiva, which is known for its typical Kerala style of architecture.

So enlighten your body and soul with Kerala temple travel.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Alleppey Tourism in Kerala India



Alleppey also known as Allappuzha is a beautiful city of Indian state Kerala. It is located 62 km from Kochi and 155 km from Trivandrum. Famous for its amazing backwaters, tranquil canals and beaches it is also called the Venice of the East.


Prime Attractions of Alleppey Travel:
The backwaters of Alleppey are famous all over the world that connects Kumarakoram and Kochin. Besides backwaters Alleppey is also famous for Alappuzha beach which is the combination of crystal blue water of Arabian sea and lush green palm trees. Other major attractions of Alleppey India are:
Nehru Trophy Boat Race
Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple
Krishnapuram Palace
Edathua Church
Marari Beach
Karimadi Kuttan
Houseboat Cruise


So plan a Alleppey tourism in Kerala India to explore this excellent South Indian destination.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Kerala India


Renowned for shimmering backwaters, rejuvenating Ayurveda massages, ancient temples, traditional Indian cuisines; gastronomical delight and natural beauty, Kerala is a a must visit destination for the tourists in India.

On the Kerala India, experience its rich cultural offering and heritage beauty. Your tour to Kerala will take you to tranquil backwaters and numerous natural sites.

Add charm and entertainment to your vacations with Kerala trip. Fair and Festivals of Kerala will make you tour to this 'Gods Own Country' an event to cherish lifetime. Explore the pristine backwaters and savour the pleasure of traditional Kerala food. Let go of you dreary routine life during you Kerala India Holidays.

Cheap Kerala Tour Packages :-
Kerala Backwater Tour
Duration: 04 Days / 03 Nights
Places Covered: {Cochin - Kumarakom - Alleppey – Cochin}

Kerala Spice Tours
Duration: 12 Days/11 Nights
Places Covered: {Mumbai - Cochin - Periyar - Madurai - Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Bangalore - Mysore - Bangalore - Hassan - Bangalore – Delhi}

Rejuvenation, Meditation and Ayurveda
Duration: 25 Days/24 Nights
Places Covered: {Madras - Mahabalipuram - Thanjavur - Swamimalai - Thanjavur - Trichy - Madras - Extension Tour: Trichy - Madurai - Rameshwaram - Madurai - Kovalam - Madras}

Friday, June 10, 2011

Napier Museum in Trivandrum


Napier Museum is also known as 'Government Art Museum'. It is an art gallery cum natural history museum, situated in the heart of Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of the heritage Indian state of Kerala. The museum was first established in 1855. But this building was destroyed in 1874, and the new building was established at the same place. The construction of the building was completed in the year 1880. The name of new building was after the name of Lord Napier, who was the Governor of Madras (Chennai) during 1866 to 1872. The building of the museum reflects the glimpse of the rich heritage of Kerala.

Architecture of the Museum:
The architecture of the museum is a milestone amongst the buildings of the region. The architecture of this magnificent building was designed by Robert Chisholm, who was a consulting architect of Madras Government. The museum exhibits the blend of Kerala, Mughal, Chinese and Italian styles of architecture. The gothic roofs of the museum with beautiful minarets give a fascinating look, that leave the visitors with open eyes. The Indo – Saracenic structure of the museum enriches it with a natural air conditioning system.

Attraction of the Museum:
Not merely the first sight of the museum impress the visitors with its eye-catching structure, but the rare and rich collection of the museum also mesmerize them a lot.

The museum has a very rare collection of historic and archaeological artifacts. There you may find many antique objects of ancient times such as: a temple chariot, bronze idols, ivory carvings and ancient ornaments etc.

The museum also houses an art gallery named - Sri Chitra Art Gallery, that consists rich works from Raja Ravi Verma and Nicholas Roerich. It also contains excellent works of Rajput, Mughal and Tanjore art schools. The Oriental collection in the museum comprises the paintings of Tibet, Japan, China and Bali.

The vast lush ground of the museum is ornamented with a Zoological garden, which was established in the year 1857. It is also one of the oldest Zoological gardens in India, which covers an area of 2,20,000 sq meter.

Important Information:
Nearest Airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport (6 km)
Nearest Railway Station: Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station (2 km)
By Road: Thiruvananthapuram is very well connected via road networks from all the city of Kerala.
Do Remember: The use of Plastic is prohibited in the premises of the museum.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Tourism packages sought for Commonwealth games in Kerala.

Commonwealth game is knocking at the door and the whole India is busy in preparation for this biggest sporting extravaganza. States like Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan had already started with special tourism packages for that period. The director general of the games organizing committee Jiji Thomas demanded that the Government of Kerala should make special tourism packages to attract tourist during that period. More than 1 lakh foreign tourists are supposed to visit India thus it is the best period to promote tourism of the country. There will be special trains which will run from Delhi to Kerala for publicizing during the games period.
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Saturday, March 27, 2010

MOHINI ATTAM



Mohiniattam is one of the eight Indian classical dance forms of India. It is a feminine d ance form of Kerala. The dance form of Mohiniattam was nurtured in the region of Kera la in southwestern India. It has only been in recent decades that Mohini Attam has risen in popularity and acceptability. Though it was born out of the fusion of Kathakali and Bharatnatyam, has developed its own identity. In the word Mohiniattam, Mohini means a maiden who charms the onlooker and attam means dance. The literal meaning of the term means 'Dance of the Enchantress,'. The white and golden costume with little bit gold ornaments along with amazing graceful movements in the medium tempo bring the aesthetic effect of the dance form.

Infact it is a seductive dance performed by women which is very much sensuous in appeal and extremely slow in seductive quality. It is performed as a solo recital by women. Another aspect of this traditional dance form is that it the transformation of Lord Vishnu in to a beautiful female form and also the concept of Ardhnareeshwara i.e. male and female as one.

Mohiniattam depicts the theme of romantic love and devotion to God also the theme of nature. With highly graceful movements and suggestive gesture and rhythmic foot work of course with the accompaniment of music this dance form does the proper justice to the different themes.

The story is an important part of Mohiniattam performances. Mostly the dancers depicts the verses from Meghdoot and Geeta Govinda in their dances. The spectators prefer Geeta Govind most because they used to get saturated in the spiritual overflow. The ethereal love of Krishna and Radha not only coloured Mohiniattam but also glorified it. The hero of most performances is Lord Vishnu or Lord Krishna.

There is no heavy stamping and rhythmical tension in Mohiniattam. The foot work is gentle, soft and sliding. The movements are very much dignified, easy and natural which are never abrupt.In the rendering of this style there is great passion, enchantment and delicacy.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Rivers of Kerala

Kerala is often termed as land of waters as it has large presence of rivers, lakes, backwaters, ponds, etc. Of this large share of water are supplied by the rivers. Kerala is blessed with 44 rivers out of which 41 flow westward and 3 to the eastern side. Most of the west flowing rivers either join Arabian sea or backwater lakes which usually open into Arabian sea. These majestic rivers criss-cross through the beautiful countryside and are surrounded by green forests and coconut trees. They are rich source of irrigation, drinking water, inland fishing and transportation.

Majority of Kerala's river emanate from the imposing Western Ghats. Some of the famous river which originates from Western Ghats are Bharatapuzha, The Periyar, The Meenachil, The Pampa, The Manimala etc. These rivers mostly start flowing as small stream or rivulets and are joined many small and big streams during its flow leading to its emergence as mighty river. The east bound river flow for a short distance in Kerala. Two river Paambaar and Bhavani flow into Tamil Nadu whereas Kabani flow to Karnataka. Rivers of Kerala are mostly rain fed which lead them to compress into rivulets or dry up if there is less rainfall. These rivers have become part of the Kerala's daily life and are associated with the rich tradition and culture of state. Covering a distance of around 244 kilometers, Periyar is the largest and longest river of Kerala.

Famous Rivers

Some of the magnificent rivers which flows through the state are Periyar, Pamba, Manimala, Chandragiri, Shiriyar Kuppam, Thalasseri, Perumbarayu, etc. The majestic Periyar which is also the largest river of state originates from Sivagiri hills located in the border of Kerala-Tamil Nadu. It flows into Vembanattu lake and from there to Arabian sea. Hydro electric project and famous Arch Dam has been constructed over this river at Idukki. Many more famous wild life and bird sanctuaries are located on the bank of this river.

Another popular river of state is Pampa which originates from Peermedu located nearby Sabrimala. This is considered to be holy river by the Hindus. All the rivers of state contribute to the beauty of this enigmatic land. These rivers have bestowed state with greenery and fertile land. They are also an important source of inland waterways in major part of the state.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Kerala Beaches

Kerala has been blessed with some of the most exotic beaches. It has a 600 km long coastline which is dotted with truly amazing beautiful golden beaches. Presence of golden sand and coconut trees in these beaches add to their beauty. The clear blue sky and palm groves bordering these beaches and the pleasant tropical sun make Kerala beaches absolute charming. One can try various delicious sea food and indulge in many beach activities like sun bathing, swimming etc. Beside stunning natural beauty, most of these beaches have ayurvedic parlours, massage centres and meditation centre where visitors can be in their self.

Best part of Kerala beaches is that they are less crowded and are yet to be fully explored. Some of the famous beaches of state are Kovalam, Cherai, Alappuzha, Ezhimala etc. Of all Kovalam is the most popular beach since 1930. This beach is always teemed with visitors, specially many foreign tourists throng this beach. The serene atmosphere and natural beauty of this beach is quite mesmerizing.
Famous Beaches
Kovalam Beach: Located in the Malabar coast, this sleepy town has emerged as an important tourist destination because of the beautiful beaches. The blue water of Arabian Sea, distant white sands, palm trees and rocky promontories make this beach an outstanding tourist attraction. This mesmerizing beach is divided into three parts. Southern most beach also known as lighthouse beach is the most popular of all. Middle beach also called Hawah act as base for local fishermen. Every morning fishermen start their day from this beach.
Alappuzha Beach: This beach is one of the most popular tourist spots of Kerala. Alappuzha is a natures haven as it is blessed with green beauties like lagoons, vast lakes and various fresh waters. The end of this beach is covered with dense palm groves which so much characterizes Kerala's landscape. This sandy beach offer many interesting entertainment opportunities to the visitors.
Ezhimala Beach: There is a hillock near this beach which make this place more sensuous. Magnificent chiseled stone pillars and ancient burial chamber can be located at the foot of this hill. This hill is famous for rare medicinal herbs. Nearby this beach, there is a academy of India navy.
Cherai Beach: Located 45 km from Ernakulam city, this beach is best place for swimming activities. On rare occasion Dolphins can be sighted in this beach. This beach is surrounded by exquisite Kerala village with admirable paddy fields and coconut groves.

Beside these, there are many more beautiful beaches like Fort Kochi beach, Beypore beach and Bekal beach which adorned this enchanting land of Kerala.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Periyar Wild life sanctuary

Situated in the Western Ghats, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is the place where wild animals live in their wild best. There is a beautiful lake within the heart of this sanctuary which is the main source of water for these wild animals. It is a treat to watch animals roaming around this lake to drink water. Periyar wildlife sanctuary area is considered to be one of the best habitat centres for the large mammals. The area offers excellent cover and nourishment as it has marshy land filled with grasses and rich shoots.

Periyar wild life sanctuary covers an area of 777 kilometer and is the largest wild life sanctuary of India. Even though this is basically a tiger reserve, many other ferocious wild animals have made this wildlife sanctuary their home. Elephant, wild pig, sambar, gaur, Malabar flying squirrel, stripe-necked mongoose, the Nilgiri Langur, Common Langur And Bonnet Macaque are some wild animals whom you will find at Periyar. This area provide safe haven to more than 260 species of birds, which include blue-winged parakeet, Nilgiri wood pigeon, white-bellied tree pie, laughing thrashes, etc.

This wildlife sanctuary is quite rich in flora. The flora here consists of tropical evergreen forests, semi-evergreen forest, moist-deciduous forests and woody grasslands. The main flora of area are teak, rosewood, sandalwood, mango, jamun, tamarind, etc.

Main attractions

There are many interesting wild life attractions in Periyar. Tiger which is a prime attraction are rare to sight as their population is only about 40. Wild elephant in herds are fantastic sight to watch. Very often you will find different type of wild animals drinking water near lake without harming eachother.

Beside sighting majestic wild animals, this area is also home to many species of birds. Bird lovers will be excited to view stunning species like darters, cormorants,kingfishers, the great Malabar hornbill, etc. Rare species of reptiles like python and king cobra can be seen in the Periyar wild life sanctuary.

Periyar wildlife sanctuary offer excellent opportunities for activities like boating, elephant and jeep safari, hiking. Boat ride along the Periyar lake is the best option for tourists to watch wild animals from close quarter as they stroll near the lake to drink water. Elephant ride is also popular attraction as it offer chance to the tourists to explore the dense jungle of this wild life sanctuary.


Friday, July 10, 2009

Guruvayoor Temple

Guruvayoor temple is one of the revered religious destinations of India. This temple dedicated to lord Vishnu is located at Thrissur in Kerala. There is a idol of lord Vishnu, which is exhibited having four arms. Lord Vishnu is also worshiped as lord Krishna. There are also idols of Lord Ganesha, Lord Ayyappa and Goddess Durga. Unlike the other temples of India, architecture of Guruvayoor temple is not very intimidating. It is a shining example of the typical Kerala architectural design with Koothambalam and Aanappanthal. The wall of main temple shrine are embellished with beautiful mural paintings which discuss the life of Lord Krishna. Most of the paintings here belong to 17th century. The roof and two doors of this temple are wrapped with gold.

This temple is believed to have been built by Guru(preceptor of gods) and Vayu(God of winds). It is to be noted that temple follows strict protocol and non Hindu are not allowed inside. This temple is popular as ' Dakshina Dwaraka”( Dwarka of south). In the entire state of Kerala this is the only temple which entertain major number of marriages and rice feeding ceremonies(first feeding of meal to infant). There is a pond, Rudratheertha, where usually devotes take dip before entering the main shrine. There are many rules and regulations which visitors need to take care before entering this temple. This temple was also hub of 'Guruvayoor Sathyagraha', a famous moment by the people of lower caste demanding right to enter temple.

Main Attractions
This temple attracts large number of Hindu pilgrims from all over the world. Specially many marriages take place in this temple. Inside the temple, the square shaped Sri Kovil is the sacred sanctum of the temple and is also home to main deity. This is the most important attraction of this temple. The main entrance of the temple is from eastern side known as 'nada'.

Other than this holy temple, Guruvayoor is surrounded by some beautiful destinations. Pakshipathalam which is a idyllic resort situated at Brahmagiri hiil, is famous for housing different types of birds and animals. Kuruvadweep, a majestic island located on the bank of river Kabini river is another famous tourist attractions of Kerala. There are many more mesmerizing tourist attractions around this holy town which is worth visiting.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Idukki

It is one of the most popular hill districts of Kerala and has rightly earned its place among the famous hill stations of India. This district is specially popular for its breathtaking hills and dense jungles. Being the rich source of water, Idukki meets the need of around 66% of Kerala's power generation through various hydroelectric projects. Around 50% of the area has been declared as forest reserve. Idukki is located in the southern part of state and is a landlocked area. Mother nature has blessed this district with admirable wild life sanctuaries, majestic hill stations, sublime spice plantation and towering mountain treks. Here you will find yourself very close to mother nature.

Idukki is the second largest district of Kerala. Some of the popular rivers of the state like Periyar, Thodupuzhayar and Thalayar flow through this rugged district. Idukki Arch Dam, constructed across the Periyar river between Kuravan and Kurathi hill, is the second highest dam of India. Anamudi, one of the highest peak of south India is also located in this district. This district was formed in the year 1972 by carving out some taluks from erstwhile Kottayam and Ernakulam district. Idukki has varied and scintillating tourists destinations.

Main Attractions of Idukki
A nature's gift, Idukki has wide range of tourists attractions to choose from. This place is popular specially for its varied wild life, tea and spice plantations and elephant rides. Some of the popular attractions of district have been described below:

Munnar: It is one of the most popular hill stations of Kerala. This place is engulfed with stunning tea plantations and alluring hills. It used to be the summer resort of the former British rulers during colonial era. It has a rich flora and fauna. Munnar is an idyllic destination for a lazy vacation. Situated at an altitude of 1600 m above sea level, Munnar has serene atmosphere and absolute greenery which will be treat to your eyes.

Devikulam : Situated at an altitude of 1800 m above sea, Devikulam is the ultimate destination for the lovers of nature. This virgin land has been blessed with many hidden natural beauties. The most popular attraction of this town is Sita Devi Lake. This lake has a religious value as it is believed that Sita, wife of lord Rama, use to take bath here. The lake also offers adventure activities like fishing. Another popular attraction is Pallivasal Waterfall, which is always teemed with the visitors. Tea plantations in and around Devikulam is another attraction of this sleepy town.

Idukki Dam
: This dam, built between two granite hill Kuruvan and Kurathi, is the world's second largest and Asia's first arch dam. Built over the Periyar river, this dam is 550 ft high and 650 ft wide. Sheer might of this dam attracts large number of tourists to this place.

Idukki Wild Life Sanctuary
: This wild life sanctuary covers two taluks of Thodupuzha and Udumpanchola of Idukki district. It is spread around the area of 77 sq km and is situated around 450-748 m above sea level. This sanctuary houses different variety of flora and fauna. Some of the popular wild animals found here are tiger, wild boar, wild dogs, jungle cats, etc. You can also sight different varieties of reptiles and birds in this wild life sanctuary.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary


Kumarakom bird sanctuary is among the finest bird sanctuaries of India. Located on the banks of Vembanad lake, sanctuary is spread in an area of 14 acres of land. The sanctuary is set in the backwaters of Kerala and is a favourite haunt for migratory birds. The scenic location of the sanctuary makes it a paradise for the nature lovers. A visit here will give you the pleasure to meet variety of migratory birds that come here during the winters from Himalayas, China and Siberia.
Kumarakom bird sanctuary attracts thousands of bird lovers and ornithologists every year. Known for its varied avian population, Kumarakom bird sanctuary is a favourite haunt of local varieties such as cuckoos, owls, egret, heron, water duck and waterfowls, as well as the migratory Siberian Cranes, Indian Peafowl, Parrots, Larks and Wood Beetles which can be witnessed during the months of October to April.
Best Time to Visit
The sanctuary enjoys tropical climate throughout the year. It is open all round the year except during the monsoon months. During winters the temperature is cool and is the best time to watch migratory birds in a pleasant setting. Early morning is the best time for bird watching when the birds leave their nests and fly over the lake.
Best way to explore the bird sanctuary is to take a houseboat or motorboat cruise which enables the visitors to sight the birds without disturbing them.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Temples of Kerala

Ancient Dravidian culture has resulted in many places of worship in Kerala. Temples of Kerala has always held an honoured position in the life of the people. Many of the ancient temples were constructed and reconstructed with significant contribution from all the people of the society, be it King, noble or commoner. Important fact about the temples of Kerala is that the origins of only a few can be securely dated. Famous temples were built thousands of years back and were renovated or rebuilt so many times due to heavy and torrential rainfall, that most of the temples in Kerala have lost their early vestiges. Most famous of all the temples are Guruvayoor and Sabarimala temples.
Guruvayoor Temple
Guruvayoor temple in Kerala holds the same place among the devotees of Kerala as the Tirupati temple of Andhra Pradesh. Guruvayoor is the temple of the “Narayaniya”. Guruvayoor is an ancient temple, origin of which lies in an episode narrated in the “Mahabharat”. However, most of the temple as they stand today is the result of the constructions in 16th and 17th century. Older vestiges have disappeared in frequent renovations and reconstructions.
Temple is said to have fulfilled wishes of many. Millions of devotees visit the temple to worship at the temple. One must visit the during the festivals when the temple is full of devotees and pilgrims from all over India. There are about unceasing round of rituals till late night. Elephants take a leading part in the festivals of Guruvayoor temple.
Guruvayoor temple is about 80 km from Kochi and 30 km from Thrissur.
Important Festivals – 10 day Utsavom which falls in February – March and starts with elephant race, Vishnukani in April – May, Ashtami Rohini in August – September and Sukla Paksha Ekadashi in November – December.

Sabarimala Temple
Ayyappa Temple on Sabarimala Hill is a very popular temple among the Hindu pilgrims. Annual pilgrimage which falls in the month of January is a great occassion and millions of pilgrims visit Sabarimala temple to worship in this period. Origin of the temple is hard to trace but there is a strong belief among the devotees that the temple came into the world to rid it of evil and protect the good. It is believed that Sabarimala has been a holy place since time immemorial. It is associated with the woman saint , Sabari, who figures in the “Ramayana”.
Sabarimala temple is 180 km from Trivandrum.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Kerala Home Stay



Yeah ... a totally new thing in kerala started since 2001 – 2002, it is home stay. It is a concept that provides the traveler – a home away from home. Kerala – a wonderland in India is a most sought after destinations in India, and thus this facility have been provided. It is a place where you can avail all comforts and facilities to explore the highs and lows of Kerala at reasonable prices. The concept Kerala Home Stay provides us to experience the hospitality of the foreign family which is totally unique . Here you can see and feel a different culture staying with them.

It should mention here that the tourism department of Kerala officially set some norms to open the home stay. There is no discos, partying allowed in the home stay. Kerala home stay gives a totally different experience. The people of Kerala believes guest as the representative of God and and thus the hearty hospitality is a most valued tradition of their culture. They provide their guest all the possible comforts and space. Here you can enjoy peace, privacy, healthy food, local culture and pure relaxation. A feeling of home clearly felt in Kerala home stay. Cities in Kerala has got some excellent home stays where you will feel no less than a house. All of them are amidst beautiful surroundings- of coconut palm.
These are perfect destinations for the tourists who seek private holidays. Though the home stay give us a rural life experience but the guests are treated with warm hospitality.
It is an excellent way to hug Kerala more closely.
There are plenty of home stay facility available in the different parts of Kerala, but the demand of it is so high these days that prior booking is recommended.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Kerala Cuisine


The land of spices, Kerala is famous for mouthwatering dishes. Along with exotic beaches and wonderful back water, Kerala also attracts tourists with its culinary specialties. The cuisines of Kerala are spicy, hot and healthy. The dishes of Kerrala are generally aromic, flavored and fresh. The main ingredients of the food of Kerala are mustard seed, asafoetida, chillies, tamarind, coconut and curry leaves. Besides the traditional South India dishes the predominant elements in the cuisine of Kerala are rice and fish.

The breakfast in Kerala includes idlis, dosa, appam, puttu with filter coffee. Puttu is a steam cake prepared from rice flour and steamed in long hollow bamboo or metal cylinders. It can be have with

steamed bananas and sugar or with a spicy curry made from gram or chickpeas. Similarly appam is a soft pan cake made from fermented rice batter. It is also soft, spongy and crispy edge. Appam are generally taken with the vegetables or mutton or stew, mellowed with thick coconut milk

The main course lunch and dinner of kerala consists of fish and rice. Dried and different sea fishes take an important part in the cuisines of Kerala. The lunch includes boiled rice wilth curd or tangy rasam with various vegetables. Hot rasam is served with the meals and it really tastes superb. Another vegetarian feast in kerala is Sadya. Sadya comprises of near about 40 vegetables. These dishes are really unique in their own way. For the non veg lovers the mouth watering delicacy of Kerala is kappa a nd fish curry. This fish curry is made with garlic paste, onions and red chillies and seasoned with mustard seeds and curry leaves. It is not to be missed items in Kerala. Traditional Kerala food is incomplete with out different types of chutny. Smilarly the famous snacks of kerala are banana chips and crunchy rice flour cookies.


No food is complete with out sweets. The dessert or sweet dish in Kerala is payasam, made of thick milk , rice, grated coconut and different types of dry fruits. Rich payasam with rice wafer is a ultimate dish in Kerala.

The popular dishes of Kerala are

  • Dry fish curry

  • Meen peera

  • Masala fried fish

  • Chili garlic prawns

  • Finger prawns

  • Duck mappas

  • Stuffed chicken 'Kerala style'

  • Mutton coconut fry

  • Fish Moilee

  • Malabar mutton biryani

  • Tender coconut soufflĂ©

  • Chiratta puttu and cheru payar


One special characteristics of the food of Kerala is that these are served in banana leaf and eaten with hand. There is a special way of serving the different dishes in the banana leaf. In a word the the cuisines of Kerala offers a gastronomic opportunity.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Kannur


A quite place sandwiched between the Western Ghat and Lakshadweep Island is one of the wonderful coastal towns of Kerala is Kannur. Kerala is such a beautiful place that almost all the places are beautiful. Kannr was once an important port of India. It was called the great 'emporium of spice trade'. Today it is a small town with excellent scenic beauty. If you really want to explore the scenic beauty of Kerala, then Kannur is the best option.

Far away from the bustling city life, nestled in the turquoise blue sea of Lakshadweep Kannur is an enchanting place. Tourist all over the world go there to spend the holidays in calm in the beautiful beaches of Kannur. Coconut fringed shore line and lush green landscape has made Kannur a must visited place in India. It has great history since the Portuguese era, but now the city rest peacefully merged in beautiful past.

Places of Interest

Kannur is famous for temples and beaches. The famous temples of Kannur are - Sundareswara Temple, Mavilakavu Temple, Urpazhachivaku Temple and Sasta Temple. All these temples are very old and contain myths.

The soothing, luxurious beaches in and around Kannur are - Payyambalam Beach,
Kizhunna Ezhara Beach
and Muzhapilangad Beach. Payyambalam beach is a favourite picnic spot among the tourists. There are exciting rides available in the beach of Muzhapilangad. There are other unexplored beauties around Kannur, like forts, wildlife sanctuaries, park etc.


How to get

Kannur is well connected and serviced by rail to all major cities in India like Kozhikode, Mangalore, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai, Calcutta.
Nearest airport is - Kozhikode (Calicut).

Friday, January 16, 2009

Kollam


The cashew paradise of India in God's own country is none but Kollam. So imagine how beautiful it could be. All the places of Kerala are enchanting and Kollam is one such. Once it has been told that if you see Kollam you will not need your home. Kollam is known by different names like Desinganadu, Kollam, and Quilon. What ever you call it, it remains as beautiful as it, a famous beautiful port of international spice trade. Kollam is famous for the Kerala back water tour, historical remnants and a number of temples.
Things to see
Thangasseri – Thangasseri is a beautiful village on the see side and the the Thangasseri Lighthouse which is 144 feet hight is an important tourists attractions of that area. The light house is open to the tourists for a particular period of time.

Ananda Valleeswaram Temple – Ananda Valleeeswaram temple of Lollam is very famous and a must place in Kollam. There are many churches and mosques in Kollam. Kollam is one of India's Christian activity place.

Thirumullavaram beach – Just 6 km from Kollam this beautiful beach located. It is a favourite picnic spot among the tourists. Like the other beaches of Kerala it is also an ideal spot for ideal holidays specially for swiming and bathing. Mahatma Gandhi beach is also another beach just 2 km away from Kollam a fascinating place for evening walk.

Mayyand – The famous Subramanya temple is located here. Mayyand is visited by tourists to see the shrines and temples.

Entertainment Park – Children traffic and entertainment park is another attracting tourists spot of Kollam. Actually Kollam stands along Astamudi lake and children's park is by the side of it.

There are many breath taking view and recreation centre with house boat and ayurvedic centre. Kollam is also famous as a fishing harbour. Practically speaking Kollam is an amazingly soothing place in the state of kerala with lots of activities mainly canal cruises and back water tours.

Communication
Kollam has an excellent road and rail network links to all the major cities and towns of South India.

Staying facility
Excellent traditional hospitality can be felt in almost all the hotels and lodges. There are plenty of staying facility from exotic resorts to budget hotels.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Kerala Wild Life

Kerala – God's own country has ample of lakes, water, backwater, river, spices, plants, national parks and sanctuaries. The captivating green forest with animals like tiger, elephants, sambars, leopards and different species of birds give the tourist an exceptional sight. Some of the famous wild life destinations of kerala are

Periyar Wild Life Sanctuary – Pariyar Wild Life Sanctuary is one of the most renowned wild Life Sanctuary at Thekkady. One interesting quality of this sanctuary is that tourists can view the animals and different water birds by boat rides on man made lakes. The drive to the Thekkady is very much enchanting through the calm country side and rich jungle. It is an excellent place for the bird watcher variety of birds species draw attention to a number of bird watchers. The animals which can be seen here are tiger in deep jungle, elephant, leopards, Gaur, Bison, Deer, Malabar Giant and many more including crocodile, frogs and snakes.

Silent Valley National Park – It is the last area of tropical ever green rain forest in Kerala. The special attractions of the Silent Valley is the roaring calls of cicadas hard. Other animals are Tiger, Nilgiri Langur, Malabar Giant, Lion, Flying Squirel and mammals native to the South Indian Peninsula.On a tour to Kerala back water tourists can enjoy observing such animals with great pleasure.

Eravikulam National Park – Just 15 Km North to the hill stations of Munnar this park is situated in the grassy hill. The green hills and slopes are give an amazing view of the park. Apart from the different wild animals the Atlas Moth, one of the world's largest moths is also found in Eravikulam National Park. Like the Periyar Wild Life Sanctuary and Silent Valley National Park this national can be explored during Kerala back water tour.

Thattekad Bird Sanctuary – This bird sanctuary is one of the most popular National Park of Kerala. It is also called the rare heaven in Kerala because of its natural landscape. It is a favourite destination of the ornithologist. Rare species of birds like the Crimson-Throated Barbet, Bee-eater, Sunbird, Shrike, Black winged Kite, and the Night Heron are also commonly sighted here.

Idukki Wild Life Sanctuary - Surrounded by a wonderful lake this park is famous for bisons, elephant, bear, sambar wild dogs, jungle cats, tiger, wild boar different types of birds like bulbul, myna, laughing thrush, peafowl, woodpecker, kingfisher etc. Apart from these various types of snakes like kobra, viper, kraits and numerous non-poisonous ones.

There are other National Park in the green land of Kerala like – Parambikulam wild life Sanctuary,
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary etc. Kerala is an ideal place for the wild life lovers. People around the world find the place kerala a hub of wild life and national parks.


Monday, December 1, 2008

Wedding in Kerala


Like the traditional Indian belief Keralites also believe in - 'Marriages are made in heaven and celebrated on earth'. So wedding procedure starts there with the exchange of Horoscope of boy and girl. If everything matches then the parents of both the families finalize an auspicious day with the suggestion of the astrologer. And after that the preparation starts.

The day before the wedding both bride and groom seek blessings from their elders and dine with them in their respective houses. They dine with traditional five course vegetarian meal with her family. It is really a very enjoyable occasion.
On the day of the wedding the groom goes to the brides house and before going to the wedding venue he visits temple to seek blessings from the almighty. Marriages takes place on the day time. As soon as the groom reaches on the venue the bride's father washes the brides feet and welcome him. Then the bride gives him a white sari which the bride has to wear for the nuptial. The groom wears the traditional dhoti and angavastram.

The nuptial ceremony takes place before the agni or fire. Then the bride's father does the ritual of Kanyadan by giving brides hand to the groom's hand. There are other symbolical rituals which are performed during that time.

After the wedding, a feast is organised to taste the finest delicacies. Then comes the most emotional time of vidai, which takes place at a appointed time. The bride takes blessings of everyone before leaving the house.

Then there is the moment of joy and excitement, the bride comes to the in-laws -house. Then Grihaprabesh is performed to welcome the new bride. Everybody wishes the newly married couple for their bright future. The bride enters her new home with a lamp in her hand and Ganapati puja is performed. After that the bride boils milk in the kitchen to herald her inclusion in the new family.

There are beautiful wedding venues in kerala. People from other places come to solemnized their marriage in Kerala, God's own country. Back water resorts at different places of Kerala offer wedding venue to the romantic couples. Cruise wedding facility is also available in there.
To know about the wedding in Kerala log on to
http://www.kerala-tourism-india.com/wedding-in-kerala.html

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Thiruvananthapuram


Kerala is a favorite tourists destination of the foreigners as well as of the domestic travelers. The capital of Kerala is Thiruvananthapuram, a beautiful city of traditonal and modern architecture. The city has some historical importance. It is believed that the name of the city derived its name from the name of the deity Padmanabhaswamy Temple, a major landmark o the area. The earlier name of the city is Trivandrum.

Places of Interest
Thiruvananthapuram is one of the most beautiful part of tropical India. It is one of the most happening state of India with latest science and technology and beautiful landscape. The R&D Institution of Thiruvananthapuram, Techno park , Engineering college are very much famous. People get overwhelmed by the beauty of Kerala and Thiruvananthapuram is the gate way to kerala. There are many interesting sights near and around Thiruvananthapuram. Like Thiruvananthapuram Observatory, is on the heighest point in the city. The Thiruvananthapuram zoo is the second largest zoo in India and has largest collection of animals from India and abroad. Another attractive spot in Thiruvananthapuram is Veli tourist village a water park and famous for its out standing sculpture. But the city is most importantly famous for its heritage beaches like ike kovalam, shangumugham, Varkala. These are always enchanting and charming. For the people of religious minded Thiruvananthapuram is a nice place to visit as thee are many temples like Padmanabhaswamy temple, Bhagavathy temple, Janardhan Swamy temple, Koikkala temple, Sree Kanteshwaram temple, Sree Parasurama temple, Ganapati temple, Kulathupuzha temple and the Aruvipuram Siva temple. They are famous for marvelous and artistic ahchitecture.

Thiruvananthapuram is famous for its Ayrvedic treatment. Tourists are suggested to go for Ayurvedic message there which are very much reluxing. 17Km from Thiruvananthapuram is Vizhinjam, a fishing village and famous for beach resort and ayurvedic treatment. There is a marine aquarium which has got variety of colourful fishes.

Thiruvananthapuram is center for the cultural activities of Kerala. People here enjoy the cultural activities like Kathakali, Bharatnatyam very often. And the city becomes gorgeous at their annual festival Onam.

Being a multicultural city Thiruvananthapuram has all types of foods are available in the restaurants, but their traditional foods are tremendously great. The most striking aspect o their food is that they serve food in banana leaf actually it is their traditional way of serving food.

Connectivity
Thiruvananthapuram is connected from all the major cities of India through air or by train. And the lodging facility is very good with different types of hotels and resorts.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Kochi

Long blue sea with some fisherman controlling the reigns of the country's economy is an ideal and most inspiring sight of the port Kochi. Kochi, formerly known as the Cochin is called the gate way to Kerala. It is on the South west coast of Indian peninsula with amazing scenic beauty and natural bounty. It can be said that Kochi is the symbol of relation between land and water.

Kochi had always been an interesting spot to the traveler around the world. European, Arabian, Dutch and Portugues were fascinated by the spices and natural resources of Kochi and they started trading here. I t is to Kochi's credit that the city welcomed, endured, survived and finally triumphed over all those who were lured by unfathomably bewitching shores.

Tourist spots in Kochi

Kochi can be best explored in Fort Kochi, Mattancherry, and Ernaculam. A visit to the Fort Kochi will take one to the colonial era. There is history at every second step here. Chinese fishing net, Fort Kochi beach, Vasco Da Gma Square, Dutch cemetery in Fort Kochi gives tourist a brief history of Kochi. Chinese fishing net of China are world famous. These nets are only found in Kochi out side China. Fort Kochi beach is an ideal site for strolling where European style bungalow draw special attention and tourist can enjoy mouth watering traditional cuisines of fresh fish available in small stalls on the coastal stretch.

Dutch Palace in Mattancherry is an interesting place to visit. It was originally built by Portuguese. A huge collections of mural paintings can be seen there. The aroma of salt bakery, and papper has made Mattancherry a spicy place.

Ernakulam is the eastern part of the main land of Kochi. It is the most happening place in Kochi where tourist can get all the modern amenities. M. G. Roar of Ernakulam is famous for shopping, bars and eateries, banks and bourses and gold.

Spots near Kochi

It is really irresistible to come out of Ker ala. So once traveler through with Kochi people can make a trip to the near by places like Kalady, birth place of Shankaracharya. Alleppy, famous for its snake boat race. Cheruthuruthy, the world famous art and culture Academy in Kerala.And Munnar, the famous hill station.

Must do activities

A ferry ride or boat ride across the breath taking blue lagoons and back water offers a glimpse of Kochi's rural life beauty. Be sure to witness the Kathakali performance in any of the art and culture academy in Kochi, it really gives an immense pleasure. And another must do activity is to take stroll in Fort Kochi area to reveal the history behind the city.

Getting there

Kochi is well connected through outthe world. It has got an international airport. Otherwise it is well connected from all the major cities of India.

Lodging

All types of hotels are available in Kochi. Depending upon one's pocket tourist can go for hotels which has got ayurvedic massage facility. To give your taste bud a different taste never forget to grab the traditional sea food of Kerala.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Art and Culture of Kerala

Culture is the mirror of one's society, and the culture of Kerala is really opulent. Many poets have been inspired to sing an ode to Kerala's culture. Beside the physical beauty, Kerala has a rich cultural heritage, which fascinates tourists a lot. The art and culture of Kerala portrays various dance form and martial arts performed with the accompaniments of vocal and instrumental music. The state's rich cultural heritage is evident in a multitude of religious architectural wonders as well. Kerala the land of charity is rich in folk- culture, visual arts and festivals. The Aryan culture and Sanskrit language nourished the tribal culture of Kerala and the particular culture of the Hinduism can be traced in the traditional culture of Kerala. Really the culture of Kerala reminds us of Mathew Arnold , who once said ' the culture has one great passion,- the passion for sweetness and light.' The people of Kerala enjoy cosmopolitan outlook and it should be mentioned here that the percentage of literacy is highest in Kerala. Kerala is one of the most progressive state in terms of social welfare and the matriarchal system here is a unique social heritage. The culture of Kerala is best represented in their art form some of them are as follow.

Art Forms of Kerala
Kathakali – Kathakali is a theatrical dance form of Kerala. It has a unique combination of literature, music, painting, acting and dance. Previously it was performed only in temples but now it is open to all. Kathakali events are held through out the year. The richness of colour, music, expression, drama and dance make Kathakali an unparallel art form.

Chakyarkoothu - Chakyarkoothu is one of the oldest classical theatre arts of Kerala. It is usually performed in the temples and the performance begins with the invocation of the deity. It is also called koothu and is famous for its comic elements which adds to its dramatic character. It is a fine blend of comedy, mime and satire.

Mohiniyattam - This dance form is said to have originated in Kerala and it portrays feminine love. It is essentially a solo dance and the movements are very graceful. The accompaniments of Mohiniyattam are Veena, Venu, Vocal, Maddalam and Idakka.

Theyyam - This form of dance enshrines the rudiments of ancient tribal culture. It embraces almost all castes and classes of Hindu religion of this region. It is a ritual and folk- dance form supported by a vast literature of folk songs.

Thullal – Thullal is famous for its simplicity wit and humour. The themes of this art form are based on mythology. It is a solo performance combining the dance and recitation of stories in verse.

Koodiyattam – Koodiyattam or kutiyattam is the earliest classical dramatic art form of Kerala. It is enacted inside the temple theatre with two or more people on the stage at the same time.

Thiruvathirakali – This form of dance is perfomed by woman in order to attain everlasting marital bliss. This dance is the celebration of marital fidelity and female energy.

Oppana – This dance form is essential to the entertainment and festivities of the Malabar Muslim. The themes are often teasing comments about the bride's anticipated nuptial bliss.

Tholppayakkoothu – This is a leather puppet show performed during the annual festivals in the Kaali Temple, depicting the life of Lord Rama since his birth till coronation as the king of Ayodhya. It is a shadow play in which the puppets are moved to depict the various scenes from the Ramayana. It is performed in the specially designed play house in the premises of the various temple.

Velakali – This spectacular dance form of Kerala is performed by men dressed in traditional clothes and colourful headgear of the medieval Nair soldiers engaged in active movements and sword play.

Festivals of Kerala
The cultural synthesis that took place in Kerala has made it adopt and accept different religious belief.
The most important festival of Kerala is Onam it is a time for sports and festivities in Kerala . Chrismas is another festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm and vigour in Kerala. Id, Muharram are also celebrated in Kerala.

Cuisine of Kerala

Cuisines of Kerala are extremely delicious and spicy and offers several gastronomic opportunities. Kerealites are generally rice and fish eating people. And the food is generally fresh, aromatic and flavoured. Kerala is famous for its pan cakes and steamed rice cakes made from pounded rice. It has its own fermented beverages – the famous kullu and patta charayam.

Ayurveda and Spa
Kerala is famous for its Ayurveda or Spa therapy. Infact today Kerala is the only state in India which practices this traditional medicine with absolute dedication.

Kerala is genious for adoption and fusion of old traditions and new values in every sphere of human thought and endeavor is evident in every aspect of Keralites.

Thus in totality the culture of Kerala represents collective achievements of the people in the fields of religion and philosophy, language and literature, art and architecture, education and learning and economic and social organisation.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Palaces of Kerala

Kerala is a historic land, and has been the major centres from traders, Portuguese, Dutch, British and erstwhile dynasties of South India. Although those rulers are no more, but they have left behind a rich legacy for the generations to come. Even today you can have a fine glimpse of the bygone era by visiting the important palaces of Kerala. Built on the lines of typical Keralan style mansion - the Nalukettu, the palaces of Kerala draw the art and architecture lovers from far and wide. In fact, you can feel the royal spelndour by paying a visit to the exquisite palaces of Kerala. Some of the famous palaces of Kerala include:

Mattancherry Palace - One of the famous palaces of Kerala, the palace lies at Mattancherry, just 10 km from Ernakulam. Construed by the Portuguese in 1557 the Palace was gifted to Raja Veera Kerala Varma of Kochi. Later the Dutch occupied the palace and renovated it in 1663. A double storeyed building, Mattancherry Palace stands by the serene Kochi backwaters.

Built like the typical Kerala style mansion - the Nalukettu – the palace has an exquisite collection of murals collectively covering over 300 sqft of its walls. The murals depict themes from the Hindu epics - the Ramayana and the Mahabharatha, Kumarasambhavam and other works of the great Sanskrit poet Kalidasa. Matthancherry Palace also houses royal paraphernalia like weapons, swings and furniture which offer a glimpse of the lifestyle of the royal family.

Poonjar Palace - A magnificent palace, Poonjar Palace is situated in Kottayam district in central Kerala. Poonjar Palace describes the story of glorious past and has a fine collection of antiques, rock cut lamps, sculptures etc. Here you can also see exquisite furniture including a palanquin, a thoni carved out of a single piece of wood for ayurvedic massages, huge chandeliers, palm leaf engravings, jewel boxes, varieties of lamps, sculptures of Nataraja (the dancing Shiva), grain measures, statues and weapons.

Padmanabhapuram Palace - Padmanabhapuram Palace is located 64 km away from Thiruvananthapuram, at Thuckalay in the neighbouring State of Tamil Nadu. Although the palace is situated in Tamil Nadu, but it comes under the purview of the Government of Kerala. Built in the 16th century, the wooden palace is a major attraction for any lover of art and architecture. The old palace of the Maharajas of the erstwhile Travancore Kingdom (1550 to 1750 AD) is an excellent specimen of Kerala's indigenous style of architecture. Highlights of the palace include intricate rosewood carvings, sculptured décor and 17th and 18th century murals.

Chendamangalam - Situated about 42 km Ernakulam town, Chendamangalam is mainly known for a church, a temple, a mosque and the remains of a Jewish synagogue. Set in close proximity, these religious structures present a perfect example of the ancient Indian tradition of religious tolerance and peaceful co-existence. Apart from these religious structures, Chendamangalam is famous for the Paliam Palace. Once the residence of the Paliath Achans, the prime ministers of the Maharajas of Kochi, the palace provide a fine glimpse the architectural splendour of Kerala. Paliam Palace has a good collection of historic documents and relics. Also interesting site at Chendamangalam is the remains of the Vypeenkotta Seminary built in the 16th century by the Portuguese.

Koyikkal Palace - Koyikkal Palace lies at Nedumangad, about 18 km from Thiruvananthapuram. The palace was originally built for Umayamma Rani of the Venad royal family who ruled the land between 1677 and 1684. A double stroreyed traditional Keralan mansion, the palace now houses Folklore Museum and a Numismatics Museum set up by the Department of Archaeology.

The Folklore Museum has a rich collection of quaint musical instruments, occupational implements, household utensils, models of folk arts etc. While the Numismatics Museum exhibits the coins belonging to different parts of the world as well as to different eras. Among the exhibits are some of the oldest coins of Kerala - Ottaputhen, Erattaputhen, Kaliyugarayan Panam etc. Coins namely Amaida, Karsha, Rasi and Sreekrishna Rasi are some of the famous coins on display inside the Numismatics Museum.

Pierce Leslie Bungalow (Mansion) – Once the office of Pierce Leslie & Co., coffee merchants, Pierce Leslie Bungalow is known for its charming beauty. Founded in the year 1862, this mansion reflects Portuguese, Dutch and local influences. A fine specimen of the Fort Kochi colonial bungalow, this bungalow has characteristic features such as wooden panels that form the roof of the ground floor. Arched doorways, carved doors, well decorated rooms and waterfront verandahs are other attractions of Pierce Leslie Bungalow