capital: Thiruvananthapuram ( Trivandrum )
Area: 39000 sq. km
Best Season: October to March
district in Kerala has it's own unique culture and characteristics. Kerala also
has considerable ethnic diversity. One aspect of the state's rich cultural heritage
is manifest in its varieties of religious architecture: ancient Hindu temples
with copper-clad roofs, later Islamic mosques with "Malabar gables,"
and colonial Portuguese Baroque churches. Splendid paintings, especially murals,
exhibit distinct local traditions and styles. The land is a flourishing center
of the Kathakali dance form. The state has also a rich theatre tradition : the
only surviving Sanskrit drama, Kootitiyattamy, is still performed by the Chakkiars
of Kerala. Some principles of the Natya Shastra are evident in their presentations.
major tourist centers in the state are:
: The Venice of India, Onam snake boat race.
Alwaye : Industrial
town, pilgrimage centre.
Calicut : Historical port where Vasco – de – Gama landed, Churches
and mosques, handloom textiles.
: Fort, beach, handlooms, palace.
Cheruthuruthy : Kathakali and
Mohiniattam dance centre.
Ernakulam - Cochin : Twin cities,
fort, churches (Vasco-da-Gama’s tomb), Chinese fishing nets, Jew town, palaces,
Gurvayr : Hindu pilgrimage center.
: where St. Thomas landed, Hindu pilgrimage centre, fort, palace, temple.
Kottayam : Churches, Syrian Christian pilgrimage centre, cultural
Kovalam : beach resort.
Munnar : Hill
station, plantations, golf course .
Pirmed : Hill station, plantations.
Pon Mudi : Hill station, scenic beauty.
: Start of the inland waterways, ruins of forts, palaces. Chinese fishing nets,
Thangasseri : Lighthouse, old Dutch, Portuguese
and English cemeteries, fort ruins.
Sabrimala : Temple of Lord
Ayyappa, Hindu pilgrimage centre.
Sulthanbatheri : Hill station,
Thekkadi : Periyar national park, wildlife sanctuary and Tiger
: Temples, Pooram festival, cultural centre, zoo, fort, palace, churches.
Trivandrum : Temples,Palaces, zoo, Art gallery, museum, golf course.
Varkala : Temple, Samadhi of Sri Narayana Guru, Mineral springs,
pilgrim centre, Anjengo beach.
Waynad : Plantations, beautiful
scenery, wildlife sanctuary.