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Kerala Tourism – Guide to Kerala Travel Tourism

Kerala Tourism Guide to Kerala Travel Tourism

National Geographic named Kerala as one of the “ten paradises of the world” in their Traveler magazine, and they weren’t far off. Up until the 1980s, this southern state was almost unheard of as most tourism was set in the north. However after a successful tourism campaign, the foundation of what is now a thriving tourist destination was set.

Kerala Tourism

Now the state enjoys steady increases in state tourism making it a great addition to the state’s economy. In fact, Kerala has been deemed one of the fastest rising tourist destinations in the world.

Tourism in Kerala revolves around the backwaters, beaches, festivals and hill stations all prevalent in this coastal state.

The famous Kerala backwaters give tourists the perfect excuse to experiment houseboat accommodation and canoe the waters surrounded by nature while the hill stations give tourists a unique Kerala trip into the rolling hills covered with plantations growing tea, coffee, rubber and cardamom. The Idukki hill station is a popular choice with rich surrounds of nature coupled with a wide range of attractions to keep entertained including elephant rides, plantation tours and walks around wildlife sanctuaries.

Another tourist attraction is the Kerala festivals. Most of the local festivals include elephants in some form or another making them quite a feast on the eyes. They are well worth seeking out as they not only play an important part in the life of the people of Kerala, they provide a wonderful insight into the religion and culture of the people. Some of the more notable festivals are listed below:

Ernakulathappan Utsavam
This is an eight day festival celebrated in late January in Ernakulam (Kochi). Music is performed enthusiastically and grandly decorated elephants march gallantly with a fireworks show to conclude. This Kochi festival is certainly a very fascinating experience for everybody.

Thirunakkara Utsavam
Thirunakkara Utsavam is a ten day festival in Kottayam with dancing through the nights of the third and fourth days. Elephants make a comeback again, and lead the finale.

Thrissur Pooram
The Thrissur Pooram festival consists of night performances, embracing the Kathakali dance tradition.

Onam is Kerala’s largest cultural celebration commemorating the mythical King Mahabali. It is celebrated during the months of August and September lasting ten days with abundant performances of dance.

Kerala tourism stretches from the hill stations to the famous backwaters while the cultural side of the state lets tourists enjoy an insight into the colourful world of Indian festivals. For other Kerala tourist places see Kovalam, beaches and things to do.