Kerala

Established as a prominent spice exporter since 3rd century BC, Kerala has a long maritime trade history which also enticed the interests of colonial powers in India. With its incredible temple architectures, marvelous dance forms, music and martial arts, tempting culinary platters, ostentatious festive celebrations and heritage contributed by different eras, the state is no less than a cultural paradise.

Overview

Kerala – Where Tropical Landscapes Beautifully Blend with Cultural Canvases

Established as a prominent spice exporter since 3rd century BC, Kerala has a long maritime trade history which also enticed the interests of colonial powers in India. With its incredible temple architectures, marvelous dance forms, music and martial arts, tempting culinary platters, ostentatious festive celebrations and heritage contributed by different eras, the state is no less than a cultural paradise. Existing simultaneously are the serene beaches, tranquil backwaters, abundant biodiversity reserves, majestic waterfalls, sprawling tea and spice plantations and multi-tinted greenery enough to leave one rejuvenated. Tripwhims.com takes you to the best hotspots in Kerala and gives you the liberty to get acquainted with the multidimensional culture of the state.

Places to Visit

Hindu temples displaying outstanding Kerala Architecture styles must be visited at Ernakulam, Guruvayoor, Trivandrum and Thrissur. Cochin is among the top places to explore colonial heritage contributed by the Dutch, British and Portuguese. Palaces of Padmanabhapuram and Bekal Fort are other heritage sites with splendid architecture.

Other popular places include beaches of Varkala, Kollam, Kovalam and Kozhikode, Backwaters and houseboats of Ashtamudi Lake, hill stations of Munnar, Ponmudi Wayanad and Vagamon, waterfalls like Athirappilly and Meenmutty and tropical wildlife reserves of Periyar and Silent Valley.

Culture/Folklore

  • According to Hindu Mythology, Parsuram, the 6th avatar of Vishnu, claimed land from the sea using his axe.
  • Kerala’s magnetic dance forms like Kathakali, Mohiniaattam, Thullal and Koothu; devotional folk arts like Theyyam and Kummatti, performing arts like Padayani and Malavayiyattam and martial arts like Kalarippayattu are definitely worth attending.
  • Grand Temple Festivals (which involve loud music, embellished elephants and heart-warming rituals), Onam, Boat Races and many other cultural festivities add grandeur to the state’s affluent culture.
  • Kerala’s murals, sculptures, lamps, bell metalwork, bamboo work, coconut shell items, woodcraft, ivory carving, granite carving and several other crafts are subjects of great admiration.
  • When it comes to food, Kerala turns extremely generous serving specialties like sambar, dosa, idli, paal-appam, parippukari, pachadi, rasam and many more cooked in aromatic spices. The traditional platter called sadya served on huge banana leaves is just not worth missing. Payasam is a well-known sweet preparation.
  • When in Kerala, you can’t miss the natural holistic treatment art of Ayurveda. Based on ancient Vedic principles, it uses plant extracts and several other substances to offer highly relaxing massages and treatments.

Excited to visit Kerala on your next holiday? Choose the best Kerala tour packages with TripWhims or contact us for a customized one.

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