Kerala is one of the most frequented tourist destination in India for it has pleasant climate, clean beaches, exotic backwaters, hill stations, network of rivers, waterfalls, wildlife sanctuaries, spice plantations, paddy fields, art, culture, music, dance, festivals, historical monuments, Ayurveda medication, cuisine and houseboat cruise.
Malayalam is the official language of Kerala and is widely spoken by the inhabitants. This multi-ethnic and multi-religious state has the highest literacy rate in India. Boat races in Kerala are very popular. The inhabitants of Kerala are proud of their culture and put their effort to keep alive their cultural practices, classical dance and music forms, folklore’s and traditional life style. The people of Kerala live in perfect harmony.
It is one of the major states of India that produces pepper, coconut, tea, coffee, cashew and spices. It is well connected with Airways, Railways and Roadways and thus attracts tourists in large number throughout the year. Kerala hosts hotels and resorts for the luxurious stay of its visitors.
Kerala is short on the historic monuments prevalent elsewhere in India, and most of its ancient temples are closed to non-Hindus. Following an unwritten law, few buildings in the region, whether houses or temples, are higher than the surrounding trees, which in urban areas often creates the illusion that you’re surrounded by forest.
Typical features of both domestic and temple architecture include long, sloping tiled and gabled roofs that minimize the excesses of rain and sunshine, and pillared verandas; the definitive examples are Thiruvananthapuram’s Puttan Malika Palace, and Padmanabhapuram Palace, in neighbouring Tamil Nadu, but easily reached from the capital.
As well as festivals, theatre and dance also abound; not only the region’s own female classical dance form, mohiniyattam (“dance of the enchantress”), but also the martial-art-influenced kathakali dance drama, which has for four centuries brought gods and demons from the Mahabharata and Ramayana to Keralan villages.
Its two-thousand-year-old predecessor, the Sanskrit drama kudiyattam, is still performed by a handful of artists, while localized rituals known as theyyem, where dancers wearing decorative masks and hats become “possessed” by temple deities, remain a potent ingredient of village life in the north of the state.