Kerala

India
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How to Get There

Plane: Kerala has three international airports: Trivandrum International Airport, Cochin International Airport and Calicut International Airport. All civilian airports functioning in the state are international airports, a feature which is unique to Kerala. Upon completion of the Kannur International Airport, Kerala will join Tamil Nadu as the state with the most international airports.

Public Transportation:The state has numerous backwaters, which are used for commercial inland navigation. Transport services are mainly provided by country craft and passenger vessels.

Taxis and Cars: Traffic in Kerala has been growing at a rate of 10–11% every year, resulting in high traffic and pressure on the roads. Traffic density is nearly four times the national average, reflecting the state’s high population.

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Landmarks

Munnar: Munnar is a town in the southwestern state of Kerala, India. The name Munnar is believed to mean “three rivers”,referring to the location at the confluence of the Madhurapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly rivers. The nearest major railway stations are at Ernakulam and Aluva. The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport.

Kovalam: Kovalam is a beach town by the Arabian Sea in Thiruvananthapuram city, Kerala, India.Kovalam means a grove of coconut trees and true to its name the village offers an endless sight of coconut trees. It is also known as the paradise of the south.

Cochin: Kochi also known as Cochin, is a major port city on the west coast of India by the Arabian Sea and is part of the district of Ernakulam in the state of Kerala. Kochi is often called by the name Ernakulam, which refers to the mainland part of the city. Heralded as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, Kochi was an important spice trading centre on the west coast of India from the 14th century. Occupied by the Portuguese Empire in 1503, Kochi was the first of the European colonies in colonial India. It remained the main seat of Portuguese India until 1530, when Goa was chosen instead. The city was later occupied by the Dutch and the British, with the Kingdom of Cochin becoming a princely state.

Thekkady: Thekkady is located near to Kerala-Tamilnadu border. The sanctuary is famous for its dense evergreen, semi-evergreen, moist deciduous forests and savanna grass lands. It is home to herds of elephants, sambar, tigers, gaur, lion-tailed Macaques and Nilgiri Langurs.

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Weather

Summer: March to May.The summers are extremely hot and dry.

Monsoon: June to September. A popular time for visitors, temperatures are not too hot but stay between 15 and 25 degrees Celsius.

Winter:  October to January.The winters are mild, pleasant, and dry with average daytime temperatures.

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Life Style

The people of Kerala are the most simple and down to earth people.They like to live in their own world of simplicity and originality. They are known as “keralites”, since they are natives of Kerala.The people of Kerala are very protective about their religion and ancient practices,rituals and traditions. They are proud of their culture and will go to any lengths to preserve them. The lifestyle of Keralites is uncomplicated and they seem happy and content with the simple pleasures of life.

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Eat and Drink

The cuisine of Kerala, a state in the south west of India, is linked to its history, geography, demography and culture. Kerala cuisine offers a multitude of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes prepared using fish, poultry and red meat with rice a typical accompaniment. Chillies, curry leaves, mustard seeds, tamarind and asafoetida are all frequently used.

Kerala is known as the “Land of Spices” because it traded spices with Europe as well as with many ancient civilizations with the oldest historical records of the Sumerians from 3000 BCE.Food is traditionally served on a banana leaf and almost every dish has coconut and spices added for flavour, giving its cuisine a sharp pungency that is heightened with the use of tamarind. Seafood is the main diet in coastal Kerala, whereas vegetables are the main diet on the plains. Meat is served as the main course in tribal and northern Kerala. Dishes range from simple ‘kanji’ (rice gruel) to extravagant feasts or ‘sadyas

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Rest and Relaxation

Low Budget: Hostels start around $20 USD and rise to prices around $60 USD.

Medium Budget: On a medium budget you can get a nice hotel room with an average view of the city. Expect to pay between $100 and $200 USD for these accommodations.

High Budget: Given that Kerala is a very popular tourist destination, a lot of money has been put into building beautiful hotels that will cost you around $300 USD and up.

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Travel Tips

Kerala, a state on India’s tropical Malabar Coast, has nearly 600km of Arabian Sea shoreline. It’s known for its palm-lined beaches and its backwaters, a network of canals popular for cruises. Its many upscale seaside resorts include specialists in Ayurvedic treatments. Inland are the Western Ghats, a mountain range whose slopes support tea, coffee and spice plantations as well as abundant native wildlife.

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