Kerala, in southwestern India is a very popular tourist destination. Tourists from all over the world travel to Kerala to enjoy an Indian holiday on the beaches, backwaters and hills of Kerala. Traveler's come to see Kerala's wildlife sanctuaries, historic cities and temples. Stressed out urban dwellers rejuvenate themselves at the ayurveda spas and resorts in Kerala. On their Indian Holiday they discover why Kerala is truly "God's own country."
The capital of Kerala, was earlier called Trivandrum and is known for its mild climate. The Sri Ananthapadmanabhaswamy temple, the Sri Chitra Art gallery, palaces of the family of the Maharajas of Travancore, museums and the beautiful Kovalam beach not far away, make Trivandrum a pleasant Indian holiday destination.
Kochi is known as the "Queen of the Arabian Sea" Kochi (Cochin) is a busy port city, which is known for the Chinese fishing nets in its harbor, the Jewish synagogue, St Francis Church, the Dutch Palace at Matancherry, Fort Cochin and the Santa Cruz Basilica. Cochin harbor is also an attractive sight with ships, people and tourists coming together to ensure there's never a dull moment.
Kovalam Beach :
Kovalam Beach is the best beaches in the world, Kovalam beach is situated 18 km from Thiruvananthapuram. You can enjoy sunbathing on the sandy beach, or swimming in the Arabian Sea. There are also facilities for water sports such as surfing, jet skiing, water skiing and catamaran rides.
The backwaters of Kerala, are calm palm-fringed waterways that connect villages along the coast, particularly around Allapuzha. You can enjoy a cruise on a traditional houseboat or Kettuvallom into a serene world of quiet water and greenery interrupted only by the sound of rippling water and birdcalls.
Some of the most scenic Kerala backwaters are to be seen near this town of the coast of Kerala, India. Allapuzha is the venue for the annual snake boat races held during the Onam festival, where teams compete for the Nehru Gold Cup. The event is a popular tourist attraction where crowds gather to cheer their favorite teams.
Cherai Beach :
This lovely beach near Kochi, bordering Vypeen island which is a major centre for commerce, is ideal for swimming. Dolphins are occasionally seen here. A typical Kerala village with paddy fields and coconut groves nearby is an added attraction of this beach
This group of islands in Vembanad Lake is an out of this world destination. The beauty of the swaying palm trees, green paddy fields, waterways and the sound of birdsong from the nearby bird sanctuary makes an Indian Holiday at Kumarakom, truly unforgettable.
Chowra Beach :
The soft white sand is what that draws visitors to this beach and it is ideal for beach volleyball. The long stretch of beach is dotted by many cattamarams; a country fishing boat, which is three logs tied together in the shape of a boat.
Thekkady ( Periyar ) :
The pride of Kerela and a testimony to nature's splendor and human innovation, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on the banks of the Periyar lake - an artificial lake, at Thekkady. Here the high ranges of the Western Ghats are clothed in dense evergreen, moist deciduous forests and savannah grass lands. Below this thick green canopy roam herds of elephants, sambars, tigers, gaurs, lion tailed macaques and Nilgiri langurs.
Munnar Hills :
Munnar Hills one of the most popular hill stations in India is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. Located at 1600 m above sea level, this was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. Sprawling tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes, trekking and holiday facilities make Munnar a unique experience. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India - Anamudi , which towers over 2695 m. Anamudi is an ideal spot for trekking.
Wayanad lies at an altitude varying from 700 - 2100 metres above the sea level. The district has the highest number of tribal settlements in Kerala. The sanctuary is very rich in flora and fauna. The management lays emphasis on scientific conservation with due consideration for the general lifestyle of the tribals and others who live in and around the forest region.