Kerala, the land of rivers and backwaters is a green strip of land, located on the tropical Malabar Coast of south-western part of India. It is also known as “God’s Own Country”. This coastal state is divided into fourteen districts, with Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) as its Capital city. Thiruvananthapuram is also the largest city in the state. Other most visited cities are Ernakulam (Cochin), Kozhikode (Calicut), Idukki, Munnar, Palakkad, Wayanad, Trichur, Thekkady, Alleppey, Kollam, Kannur and Kasargod. The Backwaters of Kerala are unique attractions to the tourists. The biggest among these backwaters is the Vembanad lake, with an area of 200 sq km, which opens out into the Arabian Sea at Cochin port. Backwaters, historical, temples, wildlife and natural beauty are worth visiting. The state is known for its serene beaches, lush wildlife, deep dense forests, mesmerizing backwaters, enchanting valleys, amazing houseboat cruises and hill stations. Kerala has some of the famous wildlife sanctuaries of the country. Kerala is home to India’s most advanced society. 100% literate, the State has Indias highest density of Science and Technology personnel, highest Physical Quality of Life Index (PQLI), highest life expectancy and the lowest infant mortality rate. Malayalam is the most widely spoken and official language of the state. People are well versed in English also. Kathakali dance form of Kerala is famous all over the world. Kerala is renowned worldwide for its Ayurveda medical treatment, the state has many Ayurveda resorts.
The best time to visit Kerala is the winter season that is from October to February. The summer season from March to June is hot and humid since it is a coastal area.
Kerala has 2 international airports – in Thiruvananthapuram and in Kochi while the domestic airport is in Kozhikode. Flights of all the public and private airlines ply between these airports and link them to the main airports in India as well as abroad.
One can reach Kerala from any part of the country by National Highways 17, 47 and 49. Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are directly linked to Kerala through a good network of roads.
Direct trains connect Kerala to the important cities in India including Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata.