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Elsie Gabriel4.3/5

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Must visit Ananthapadmanabha temple Kerala

It's a must visit to the Ananthapadmanabha Temple Kerala. North part of Kerala. It's a 3000 year old temple. Legend has it that in the moat surrounding the main shrine there lives a crocodile which keeps being reincarnated when ever one dies. The temple has a small fee. But you must be fully Covered to enter. The shrine is made up of jaggery and five metals. The courtyard is very peaceful and use this visit to meditate and find peace. Go early in the morning to avoid the afternoon heat. Speak to the Mandir Chiefs and guides to learn more.

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Kerala is called 'God's Own Country' for a reason. The serenity of the backwaters, the breathtaking

I visited Kerala last month with my family. It was an awesome trip. The friendly kind people, the exotic food, scenic beauty and the fresh and calm atmosphere made me a fan of this God’s own country. Kerala is a tourist friendly place and is well known for it’s cultural, traditional and art forms. It is one of the must watch place in India. The state is wedged between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats. The eastern region of Kerala consists of high mountains; major tourist destinations are located here. Kerala has a wet and maritime tropical climate.
During our Kerala trip, we had visited 4 exotic places. It was a 7 day trip. We started our trip from the amazing Cochin city. What a city it was !! Geographically Kochi accommodates a part of mainland, small-small islands and exotic backwaters. Actually Kochi is a blend of different cultures and traditions. This can be seen in the life style of the people here. Fort Kochi, Mattancherry, Jew Street, Synagogue, Dutch palace, St. Francis Church (built in1503), Marine drive, Bolgatty palace and mangalavanam are the places we were covered. The beautiful view of sunset from the rainbow bridge in the Marine drive was an awesome experience. We can see a mixture of Kerala and European architecture in the old temples, Churches and other buildings in Kochi.
After visiting Kochi we were moved to the land of backwaters and sea food: Alleppey. We were all really excited about the house boat cruise through the backwaters. We booked a house boat with 2bedroom, 1 kitchen, 1 dining hall and an upper deck. It was really beautiful. The next day trip to the place that was entirely different from the growing metropolitan Kochi city and the authentic Alleppey. We go to explore the beauty of the misty greenery hills in Vagamon. Vagamon is located in between Kottayam and Idukki. The climate was splendid. The travel to the Vagamon was itself a wonderful experience. Our final destination was Idukki dam. I have no words to express the experience in Idukki. It was the land of beautiful wildlife. The unpolluted and unsophisticated places will show the serenity of the Mother Nature and that will also reflects in the people live there. And that makes Idukki a land of the tourist places. Idukki dam is Asia’s second and India’s first arch dam constructed across the Periyar River in between the Kuravan and Kurathi Hills. After visiting Idukki dam we moved to the Cochin International Airport. The hair pin twists and the adventures paths along the way were breathtaking. It was a nice trip that gives us a plenty of immortal memories. I will surely visit Kerala again to explore other unexplored places.

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Kerala Overview

On the southwestern coast of India, almost touching the tip of the peninsula, Kerala occupies the region known as the Malabar Coast. It is surrounded by the south Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Kerala is like a narrow strip of land lying between the Arabian Sea to the west and the hill ranges called Western Ghats . This geography defines Kerala's main identity as a green, rain-rich state filled with inland water bodies.   The rain-laden southwest monsoon comes across the Arabian Sea to hit Kerala around 1st June, and expends much of its waters here. More than 40 rivers flow down the Western Ghats to meet the Arabian Sea forming, with the backwash of the sea, a complex of canals and lakes called the Kerala Backwaters. This combined package of beaches, backwaters and greenery is what the tourism department promotes as Gods Own Country, making tourism one of Kerala's main businesses.   Kerala's history of being a progressive princely estate (Travancore) and long stints of Communist Party rule in independent India have led to high rates of literacy and life expectancy. But the state is not industrialized. Agriculture is a dominant occupation  rice, coconut, tea, coffee, and the spices pepper, cardamom, cashew which the Malabar Coast has traded for centuries. Fishing is another mainstay. The main cities of Kerala are capital Thiruvananthapuram (popularly called Trivandrum) and Kochi (popularly Cochin) of which Kochi is now a rising hub of industry and investment. Both cities have international airports.   Kochi harbour was an international port for Arab, Portuguese, Dutch, and British trade since the 14th century. Modern Kochi has Portuguese churches, Dutch buildings and old Jew quarters. Thiruvananthapuram was earlier the seat of the royal family of the kingdom of Travancore. Its Fort area has palaces, temples, and ornate residences. Alappuzha (called Alleppey) is a good backwaters cruise hub. Down the coast, Bekal Fort Beach, Cherai Beach, (25 kms from Kochi), Varkala and Kovalam Beaches (south of Thiruvananthapuram) are popular spots. Eravikulam and Silent Valley National Parks are reachable from the hill spots of Munnar and Palakkad.   Culturally Kerala offers Kalaripayattu, an ancient martial art, and Kathakali dance in which elaborately costumed artists perform stories from the ancient Indian epic Mahabharata.