Kerala Tourist Destinations
Colourful Kerala is an enchanting kakeidoscope full of breathtaking surprises. This fabled land is believed to have legendary origins. It is said that sage Parashuram, the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, was looking for a piece of virgin land to perform yagna(sacrifice), thus he threw his axe into the sea from Gokarna(near present day Manglore) and the sea retreated, resulting in formation of the beautiful land of Kerala. The antiquity of the state can be traced as early as 5000 to 3000 BC. People have been sailing to Kerala in search of spices, sandalwood and ivory for atleast 2000 years. The coasts of the state were known to the Phoenicians, Romans and later on to the Arabs and Chinese, long before Vasco De Gama came to India. Chritianity and Islam were introduced to Kerala much before the rest of India. The present day State of Kerala came into being on 1st November 1956, by merging two princely states. Travancore and Cochin, and the Malabar, which was under the Madras Presidency.
The influence of Kerala’s trade links with far off nations and civilizations is still evident in its architectural styles and Chinese fishing nets. The State is an epitome of secularism and a masterpiece of unity in diversity. All the religious flourished side by side in the centuries that followed and the entire landscape is dotted with temples, churches, mosques and synagogues. The State has a reputation of imbibing anything new but it also holds on to its rich traditions and culture. Keralites are regarded as the most enterprising and industrious people in the country. Their substantial presence all over the the world especially in the Gulf countries has helped the country to earn valuable foreign exchange.
Kerala, the land of lagoons and beaches invites you to discover the meaning of enchantment and is a made to order vacation paradise. It is studded with lively palm-fringed wide sandy beaches, limitless stretches of lush vegetation and mist shrouded mountains. Apart from exotic scenery, Kerala unfolds a cultural canvas, fascinating in its variety. The frenzied tempo of snake boat races. The satirical wit of Ottan Thullal. The controlled skill of Kalaripayattu and the exquisite workmanship of Kerala handicrafts. A visit to this tiny fertile friendly land will reveal a kaleidoscope of deep rooted cultures, traditions and delightful sensations. Though this land of rivers and backwaters is busy raising valuable cash crops like tea, rubber, cardamom, coffee and cashew nut, but it still lives at the leisurely pace of ageless craft plying in canals and backwaters.