Tourists from all over the world come to Kerala to spend their holidays. Kerala is famous for its greenery and can be considered as a tourist's paradise. Some of the main tourist attractions of Kerala are houseboats, monuments, pilgrim centers, amusement parks, dances, ecotourism, tree house, etc.
The moderate climate, calm beaches, beautiful backwaters, serene waterfalls, cool hill stations and striking wildlife, all makes it a destination of a lifetime. Together we have the cultural marvels such as colorful festivals, spicy and unique cuisines, ayurveda treatments and various art forms.
Kerala has got a rich culture rich with a great heritage. The arts have kept alive the cultural and heritage of Kerala. The various art forms of Kerala can bring a pride to our state. There is no other state in India which can boast of about such magnificent and creative art forms. The main features of the arts of Kerala are the spectacular visual effects and mind blowing music. All the art forms of Kerala are encouraged and accepted by the Kings of older times as well as the government of today.
Kerala is rich in many dance forms which are highly developed. They are also connected to religion and this can be seen in most of the folk dances such as those performed in connection with the harvest festival etc. The music and costumes used in these dance forms reflect the mood of the people. The dance forms are performed by men and women together in one dance or as separate dances. There are around 50 popular folk dances in Kerala.
Ayurveda is the oldest science of medicine and believes in harmony in health. In Ayurveda the aspects of mental, physical and social well being of a person are taken into consideration. There are numerous Ayurveda hospitals and treatment centers in Kerala. Health is the well being of both physical and mental state of a person. Kerala is famous for the Ayurvedic treatments. Many tourists mainly from foreign countries come to Kerala to get Ayurvedic treatment and Panchkarma therapies to rejuvenate their body.
The backwaters in Kerala extend to about 1500 kms. One of the main tourist attractions of India is the Kerala backwaters. They are a chain of canals and lagoons which are natural and manmade. The Kerala coastal area extends to about 900 kms and the water bodies flow into the Arabian Sea. Backwater is a favorite destination of all the tourists. The tourists mainly visit these backwaters to enjoy the scenic attractions of the backwaters and also to spend some time in the houseboats. There are about 41 rivers in Kerala that are west flowing and 3 more are east flowing. Almost all the districts in Kerala can boast off a presence of the backwater.
Kerala has some of the best beaches which are very peaceful. The beaches of Kerala are very clean and beautiful. The beaches in Kerala extend to approximately 600 kms and are parallel to the Arabian coastline. Beaches of Kerala are an ideal place for the tourists to spend their holidays by engaging in various beach activities, relaxing in the sand etc. It will be definitely a journey which one can cherish in their lifetime.
Amusement parks are one of the places which young and old people like to spend their holidays. These amusement parks can attract people of all age groups. These theme parks offer various rides which are categorized as dry rides and water rides. All the amusement parks in Kerala are sure to entertain the people to the maximum. Water rides are those which are more entertaining and liked by all. In Kerala we have 7 amusement parks namely Dream World Park, Fantasy Park, Happy Land, Sadhoo Merry Kingdom, Silver Storm, Veega Land and Vismaya Water Theme Park.
Forts are one of the cultural and architectural creations in Kerala. There are many forts in Kerala which are examples of pure colonial powers in our state and it also demonstrates the influence of foreign culture in the architecture. It attracts a large number of tourists. The historical cultural heritage of Kerala can be understood by looking at these forts.
In Kerala, there are many hill resorts near the hills and all these hill stations provide a great experience to all who visit this place. The hill stations of Kerala provide picturesque scenery. Hills are chosen as tourist destination by those who want to move away from the crowd and city noises and wish to relax for some time. Many tourists visit these hill stations yearly. They can also go for trekking.
The festivals give glory to the culture and tradition of Kerala. The festivals of Kerala are very colorful and are very diverse. The festivals are enjoyed by all the Keralites and are filled with fun and excitement. It shows the spirit of the celebrations and is an important part of our state. There are festivals in each season which is celebrated as a reward of nature.
The houseboat is one of the main tourist attractions of Kerala. In Kerala there are many backwaters and one can find many houseboats in these beautiful backwaters. People have a leisure time travelling in the houseboats and they can enjoy the beauty of Kerala and the coconut trees that border these rivers. The houseboats take the tourists for a journey through the lagoons, lakes and the rivers that drain into the Arabian Sea. These houseboats have all the luxurious facilities.
The monuments of Kerala are the temples, palaces, churches, forts, mosques, bungalows etc. They have helped in building the bygone era. All these buildings are samples that prove the historical and cultural heritage of our state. These buildings or the monuments as we call them today exhibit wide variety of architectural patternsThe monuments of Kerala are a must visit destination as it is not only liked by the history enthusiasts but also definitely a paradise for the photographers. The people here have preserved their past by building certain buildings that adds beauty to the greenery of Kerala.
There are a large number of museums in Kerala which are worth visiting. On your visit to the museums one can understand the glorious past of our state. The culture, tradition and legacy of Kerala are preserved here in a well manner. Several articles that are related to science and technology are also exhibited in certain museums. The museums have a large collection of various artifacts that dates back to the ancient period.
A tree house is built over two huge trees about 80 feet from the ground. Tree house which is called as 'Erumadam' in Malayalam is a house built on top of a tree. It is a great experience to stay in a tree house that could be cherished forever. In Kerala there are many tree houses constructed in tropical forests giving the guests an opportunity to enjoy the richness of flora and fauna. This can make a person really close to the nature by enjoying the scenery. The tree houses have all the modern facilities and staying in a tree house is very much different from the usual stay within concrete walls.
In Kerala, there are many waterfalls which are either small or big. Waterfalls are definitely a must see destination for the nature lovers. It gives them relief and can feel and enjoy the beauty of nature. Those who wish to stay away from the crowd for relief can prefer to take a tour to the waterfalls in Kerala. Some of the major waterfalls of Kerala are Athirapally and vazhachal waterfalls, Palaruvi, Aruvikkuzhi, Chethalayam, Meenmutty waterfalls, Meenvallam, Perumthenaruvi, Soochippara, Thommankuthu, Thusharagiri waterfall etc.
Eco-Tourism refers to the green or conservation or sustainable. Kerala is a favorite tourist destination as they focus on developing the tourism in an eco friendly manner. Today ecotourism is gaining wide popularity because of the demand by the travelers who search for perfect holiday spots. It is a new concept in tourism. There is a relation between the living beings and the environment, thereby linking tourism development and environment.
Monsoon is not a season to stay indoors or at homes. Monsoon is a very good season which is welcomed by all with great happiness. The two main rainy seasons of Kerala are Southwest monsoon and the Northeast monsoon. Monsoon brings everything fresh and it is advisable to try out the Ayurveda vacation during this season. When the monsoon begins, there is always a decline in the number of tourists visiting our state. Kerala tourism has introduced various new monsoon campaigns for promoting tourism. Special measure has been taken to attract the tourist during this time.
Kerala is popularly called as God's own country. Kerala which emphasizes on religious tolerance and communal harmony have several pilgrim destinations. Pilgrim centers for Hindu, Christian and Islam is present in Kerala which shows the secular co-existence in this state together with religious harmony. The faith of people in different religions has helped a lot in cultural synthesis in Kerala. There are numerous Hindu temples, Mosques and Masjids for the Muslim devotees and Churches for Christian devotees. Devotees from all over the world come to these pilgrim centers.
Kerala is considered to be a green paradise on earth. In Kerala there are a large number of wildlife parks and sanctuaries. The dense green forests with a wide variety of animals such as elephants, tigers, deers, leopards etc and water birds provide a great opportunity to the tourists to sight these different creatures.
Zoo is one of the places which attract the tourists. It is liked by the people of all ages. Not only tourists but also the local people like to spend their holiday by visiting the zoo. There are two main zoos in Kerala one at Thiruvananthapuram and another at Thrissur. Both these zoo have museums, botanical and zoological garden in the zoo premises.