Kerala, historically known as Keralam, is an Indian state in South India on the Malabar Coast. It was formed on 1 November 1956 following the States Reorganisation Act by combining Malayalam-speaking regions. Kerala is the thirteenth-largest Indian state by population. It is divided into 14 districts with the capital and the largest city being “Thiruvananthapuram”. Malayalam is the most widely spoken language and is also the official language of the state.
Kerala is South India’s most serenely beautiful state. A slender coastal strip is shaped by its layered landscape: almost 600km of glorious Arabian Sea coast and beaches. Just setting foot on this swath of soul-quenching, palm-shaded green will slow your subcontinental stride. It is a literate state in India, and a land of diverse religions, where you can find Hindu temples, mosques, churches, and even synagogues.
Kerala is a world away from the frenzy of elsewhere, as if India had passed through the Looking Glass and become an altogether more laid-back place. Besides its famous backwaters, elegant houseboats, ayurvedic spa and treatments and taste-bud-tingling cuisine, Kerala is home to wild elephants, exotic birds and the odd tiger, while vibrant traditions such as Kathakali plays, temple festivals and snake-boat races frequently bring even the smallest villages to life. It’s hard to deny Kerala’s liberal use of the slogan ‘God’s Own Country’.
It also has beautiful high altitude blue mountains to pristine rain forests to golden sun-sand beaches and an enormous range of accommodation, Kerala has much to offer its visitors.