Introduction To Kerala
Kerala – God’s Own Country
Kerala is an Indian state occupying the southern west part of the subcontinent on the Malabar Coast. It once lured travellers into its boundaries from across the world for its black gold and spices. Even today it draws travellers from across the world to enjoy some of its relaxing and laid back pleasures. The scenic beauty of the state is as diverse as it can be and is no less than a paradise.
The landscape consists of some of the most secluded and serene palm-lined beaches, backwaters, fresh springs, waterfalls, plantation covered hills and forests: which provide one with a unique opportunity to spot unique species of birds and wildlife in their natural habitat. Kerala has been a prominent spice exporter since the 3000 BCE explaining the roots of its rich cultural heritage which also includes the famous Carnatic classical music, classical dance forms: Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, Koodiyattom, Thullal and Krishnanattam, martial arts, and age-old Ayurvedic treatments.
It is here, that one can find Hindu temples and churches dating back to hundreds or thousands of years. While exploring the state, one can find colonial mansions and warehouses dating back to the 1800s which were used to store tea, coffee and spiced from the plantations. When in the state, it is a must experience the lazy backwater lifestyle from the deck of a slow moving houseboat as it takes you on a voyage through the dominant inland waterways. One can take a guided tour to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary where one can experience the wild from the comfort of a boat, Evarikulam National Park which is famous for the endangered Nilgiri tahr, a sweet tempered mountain goat or Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary where there are high chances of an elephant or bison sighting.
Trekking through hills of Thekkady and Munnar one is overwhelmed by the sounds of the jungle which seems to harmonise with the sounds of the various waterfalls on the trek route, making it an unforgettable and magical experience. And when exhausted from all the exploration, one can immerse themselves in the soothing experience of a therapeutic Ayurvedic massage that works on one’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being by rectifying any imbalances in the five eternal elements: space, air, earth, water, and fire. Furthermore, it rejuvenates cells and boosts the immune system. With all that the state has to offer, a trip through “God’s Own Country” is definitely going to be an illuminating and rejuvenating experience.