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About Kerala


Kerala also known as "Gods own Country", is one of the enriched states in the Republic of India. Kerala has 14 districts,within that Thiruvananthapuram is the capital of the state, other major cities include Kochi and Kozhikode. There are three airports in the state which provide international and domestic connections. This state is at the fore-front of development process. This land of coconuts is having the highest literacy rate. By the tool of education Kerala has reached almost every height of achievements. Mainly known for its tourism spots, this is being the heaven on the earth. 

 


A cruise in the houseboats on the backwaters of Kerala, or experiencing the beauty of sunset over the Arabian sea from Kovalam beach during summer and boating in the Thekkady lake, or trekking the highlands of Kerala during winter, are for sure, going to be never to forget experiences. 

The state has an area of 38,863 km2 (15,005 sq mi) and is bordered by Karnataka to the north andnortheast, Tamil Nadu to the south and southeast and the Arabian Sea. The native of Kerala is Malayalis and Malayalam as the mother tongue and English is widely spoken. The world famous snake boat race belongs to the unique culture of Kerala. 

Kerala's history is closely linked with its commerce, which until recent times revolved around its spice trade. Celebrated as the Spice Coast of India, ancient Kerala played host to travellers and traders from across the world including the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch, French and the British. Almost all of them have left their imprint on this land in some form or the other - architecture, cuisine, literature.



History


In the religious texts known as the Puranas, Kerala is Parasurama Kshetram ("The Land of Parasurama"). Parasurama was a warrior sage and an Avatar of Mahavishnu. When he threw his battle axe from Gokarna into the sea at Kanyakumari, the land of Kerala arose from the waters. 
The legendary king Mahabali is said to have ruled from Kerala in a reign of universal happiness and prosperity. On his passing away he was appointed ruler of the netherworld (Patalam) by Vamana, the fifth avatar of Lord Vishnu. Once a year, during the Onam festival, he returns to Kerala.


Colonial Period


The western spice-trade, especially in pepper, became increasingly lucrative. Around the 13th century, the Portuguese began to dominate the eastern shipping trade in general, and the spice-trade in particular, culminating in Vasco Da Gama's arrival in Kappad Kozhikode in 1498On 25 March 1505, Francisco de Almeida was appointed Viceroy of Portuguese India, with headquarters at Kochi. The Portuguese had took advantage of conflicts between Kozhikode and Kochi to gain control of the trade, and established forts at Kannur, Cochin and Kollam but the Saamoothiri of Kozikode and his admiral Kunjali Marakkar resisted, and in 1571 the Portuguese were defeated at Chaliyam fort. 

After this the confrontation began with the British raj and the local people. There were major revolts in Kerala against British rule in the 20th century, until Independence was achieved.


Post Independence Era


On 1 November 1956, the state of Kerala was formed by the States Reorganisation Act merging the Malabar district. In 1957, elections for the new Kerala Legislative Assembly were held, and a reformist, communist-led government came to power, under E.M.S. Namboodiripad. The new government's reforms improved the lot of farmers and labourers. Now Kerala is one of the emerging state in all aspects.


Climate


Compared to other Indian states, Kerala lies closer to the equator. Yet Kerala is bestowed with a pleasant and equable climate through out the year. This is because of the land's nearness to the sea and the presence of the fort like Western Ghats on the east. 
Towards the end of February temperature starts climbing and this marks the beginning of summer in Kerala. Relatively higher temperature, low rainfall and slightly humid weather are the characteristics of the summer season in Kerala. Southwest monsoon is the main rainy season in Kerala. This season ( Edavappathi - as the rains starts by the middle of the Malayalam month Edavam ) begins by the end of May or early June with the outset of the southwest monsoon winds. Also known as the Retreating Monsoon or the Reverse monsoons, northeast monsoon hits Kerala during the return of the southwest monsoon winds. So the average temperature varies from Minimum of29°C to Maximum of 35°C.


Kerala tourism


Kerala Tourism, beaches, back Waters, ayurveda, Adventure , health tourism , farm tourism , historic places, homestays , houseboats, pilgrimages, waterfalls, wild life and eco tourism are some of the attractive must –experience features of Kerala. Though Kochi, the commercial capital of the state reflects the tech-hub, the place is having a long history of culture and heritage. This is the heart of all kind of medical treatments. Orthopedic surgery india , supervised by Dr,THADI Mohan, the Orthoedic doctor is here for all kind of orthopedic procedures. 100% recovery is his assurance.


Tourism destinations in Kochi


Kochi, formerly known as Cochin, is a city in the Indian state of Kerala. The city is one of the principal seaports of the country and is located in the district of Ernakulam, about 220 kilometres (137 mi) north of the state capital, Thiruvananthapuram. Cochin erstwhile name of Kochi, is being a tourist destination under one umbrella. 
Fort Kochi Beach


Hardly 8 km from the heart of the city, there lies a serene place where culture and tradition blends. Yes, its Fort Kochi beach. Spending countless evening at this is something like feeling heaven. A stroll along the beach, particularly at sunset with the chinese fishing nets and sailing ships in the background, is a memorable experience. Many Anglo-Indian style bungalows can be seen along the shoreline. The coastal stretch has loads of small stalls, which make on demand mouth-watering traditional cuisines using freshly caught fish. 
Hill Palace, Tripunithura


Built in the 19th century by the Raja of Kochi, this palace served as the seat of the Raja of the Kochi province. The palace has been converted into a museum displaying a fine collection of articles showing the wealth and splendour of the Rajas of Kochi, including the thone and the crown. The musuem also houses a large collection of archaeological findings. Hill Palace is located 16km east of Cochin in Tripunithura, a satellite town of Cochin. 
Marine Drive 



A leisurely walk along the long tree-lined coastal pathway that lines the backwater is well worth the time spent, especially late afternoon or dusk. The bustling backwaters, dotted with fishing boats, speedboats, ships, tankers and passenger boats, can be observed from this walkway that lines the coast. 
Cherai Beach 


This lovely beach ideal for swimming is located on the north end of Vypeen island, one of the many small islands just off the mainland. The beach is lined by gorgeous coconut groves and paddy fields. Vypeen can be reached by land or by boat. 
Willingdon Island 


This man-made island was created in 1933 by sand dredged while deepening the backwaters for the Cochin Port, under the direction of Sir Robert Bristow. A while back the Airport, Sea port and the railway terminus (Cochin Harbour Terminus) were situated on this island. Today, it is the home of the Cochin Port and the headquarters of the Sourthern Naval Command. The airport continues to be the naval air station, while the main airport has been moved to Nedumbassery, 30kms north-east of Cochin. Most of the trains now terminate at Ernakulam Junction instead of Cochin Harbour Terminus. 

Bolghatty Palace, Bolghatty Island 



This Dutch palace is situated on Bolghatty island which is just a short boat ride away from the mainland. The palace has been converted to a hotel run by the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC). The island has a tiny golf course and the panoramic views of the port and the harbour, makes it an attractive picnic spot. Frequent boat service is available from the mainland. 

Santa Cruz Basilica, Fort Kochi 


The original church, situated in Fort Kochi, was built by the Portuguese in 1505 and named as a cathedral in 1558. The British colonists destroyed the cathedral in 1795. The current structure was built in 1905 and raised to the status of a basilica by Pope John Paul II in 1984.



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