Kerala India - Holiday Guide to Kerala Travel & Tourism
Kerala is the consequence of the States Reorganization Act in 1956 when the areas of Travancore, Kochi and Malabar, all Malayalam speaking states, were joined together. The state now covers a long section of land on the South-West coast of India with the Arabian Sea to the West and Tamil Nadu and Karnataka bordering it in the East. It has had many colonial influences including the Portuguese, Dutch and English in its history while being at the forefront of the spice trade. Since India’s Independence, Kerala has become one of the most progressive states of India with a particular value expressed in art and education. The state has gained a Human Development Index higher than other Indian States that reflects this.
Although Kerala has experienced a lot of colonial influence, it still holds its own with its own tradition and culture. It is famous for its unique Ayurvedic treatments, its many backwaters and decorative elephant displays during celebrations. But it is the tantalising, taste-bud exploding cuisine of Kerala that will surely get you coming back for more.
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Home to more than 3% of India’s population, this small slither of land is one of the most densely populated areas. Approximately 819 people are settled per km² in Kerala, which adds up to almost three times as much as the rest of the sub-continent.
History behind, Kerala is a very popular tourist destination, tempting people from all around to its backwaters and beaches. With an equatorial tropic climate, Kerala experiences rather pleasant climates year round even though it is situated very close to the equator. This is largely because of its coastal position and the fort-like Western Ghats. This in mind, it stays relatively hot throughout winter then can rise maybe 10°C further in summer. The monsoons bring often torrential rains which start usually in late May or early June and can last until September with average rainfall often exceeding 2250mm. Therefore November to May constitute the tourist season.
Kerala has a bit of everything from ancient temples to beautiful hill stations so be sure to allocate enough time to explore all the Kerala facets. Check out the tourism (link), beaches and things to do (link) pages for information on the beautiful coastline, festivals, Ayurveda therapy, backwater adventures, and loads more!