The Best thing for traveler to Kerala is the lack
of any problem in communication, easy commuting thanks to a great
public transport system and the hard-hitting beauty of its emerald
green fields of rice that stretch ahead and merge with the horizon,
and the warm red tiles on the roofs of modest houses.
Green, red and the blue of the ocean with numerous coconut trees slash
across the canvas with amazing regularity. The Good things like a
highly successful literacy program that has resulted in the
empowerment of women, a smoothly running and efficient family planning
program and many such socio-economic success stories. These factors
goes a long way in making a holiday so much more worthwhile and happy
North of Kerala lies the land, the legendary traveler Marco Polo
described in A.D 1320 as "the great province of Malabar".After the
13th century, Kozhikode grew in importance as a port and as the
capital of the Samoothiri kings or Zamorins, as they were called by
the Portuguese. In fact some historians say, Calicut derives it's name
from the fortified palace ' koyil kotta ' built by a samoothiri
ruler.Calicut has also lent it's name to ' Calico ' - a fine hand
woven cloth said to have originated in this place. commerce
Kozhikode is an important trading centre for timber, tiles and
shopping ground for the famous delicacy - kozhikode Halwa. Beypore, 11
km away is a ship building centre famous for it's country crafts
called 'uru'. Telicherry and Sultan Battery, 98 km away are important
trading centres. Landmarks
Cochin or Kochi, is one of the finest natural harbours on the Arabian
Sea coast of India. Cochin- renamed. Kochi has been a port of call for
foreign traders from very early times. Its cosmopolitan character is
reflected in the many buildings and structures representing different
regions of the world. A city of peninsulas andislands, today it is the
commercial hub of Kerala.
Some of the finest of Shekhawati frescoes can be seen here at
Nawalgarh. Hotel Roop Niwas, Anandilal Poddar Haveli, Jodhraj Patodia
Haveli, Bansidhar Bhagat Haveli and Chokhani Havelis are the main
attractions of this place.
Fishermen in the port city of Cochin use large nets to catch shrimp
and fish that live in shallow waters. Cochin is located in Kerala, a
tropical region in India. For thousands of years, Arabs, Chinese,
Europeans and other explorers from around the world have come here for
its black pepper, cardamom and other spicy treasures.
Cochin affords an intriguing vision of clusters of islands and towns,
including Ernakulam, Mattancheri, Fort Cochin, Willingdon Island,
Vypin Island, and Gundu Island.
The palm green commercial town of Kerala has witnessed various
cultures. From time to time Arabs, Chinese, Dutch and British and
Portuguese seafarers followed the sea rout to Cochin and left their
impression on the town. A visit to this historic city, which is
shaking hands with modern business ethics, is worth the effort.
Trivandrum now named Thiruvanathapuram is the gateway to one of the
most beautiful States in India- Kerala. Named after Anantha, the
thousand-headed serpent of mythology, the city once formed a part of
the kingdom of Travancore, which had its capital at Padmanabhapuram
(now in Tamil Nadu state). Most of that royal heritage of fine
buildings and palaces now house the state secretariat and other
offices. Shree Padmanabhaswamy Temple - Devoted to Lord Vishnu is the
most dominating feature of the city. The profusely carved seven-story
'Mandapam' is a fine example of South Indian architecture.
In Kerala is the well-known Periyar Tiger Reserve, 777 square km in
area. A rich mixed deciduous forest, interspersed with open areas of
tall grass. Periyar has a large reservoir lake dotted with snags of
dead wood, which provide a perch for waterbirds. It is one of the
finest habitats of the Asiatic elephant. These enormous mammals swim
in the waters and streams and possibly Periyar is the place they can
be observed best.
One of world's most fascinating natural wildlife sanctuaries, where
you can watch wildlife at close ranges. The vegetation, the flora and
fauna and the birds of Thekkady are uniquely rich, vast and varied
that it does not bear resemblance to any other wildlife sanctuaries in
Even a casual visitor to this place will not fail to observe the
peculiar ecological pattern of Thekkady. Thekkady - The very sound of
the name conjures up images of elephants, unending chains of hill and
spice scented plantations.
Here, in the crisp, cool air of the Western Ghats you will experience
the most enchanting holiday. With the animals of the wild and the
simple mountain people. In the Periyar forest of Thekkady is one of
the finest wildlife reserves in India, and spread across the entire
district are picturesque plantations and hill towns that hold great
opportunities for treks and mountain walks.
The Thekkady sanctuary is one of the best in the country for watching
and photographing wild life. Thekkadi is almost on the border with
state of Tamil Nadu , in fact just 5 kilometers from the border town
of Kumily which is very well connected by bus to both Kerala and Tamil