Kerala is one of India’s most beautiful and successful states, famous for its backwaters, rice paddies, coconut groves and spicy cuisine.
Located on the most southwestern tip of India facing the Arabian Sea, Kerala is accessible through the three main cities of Trivandrum, Calicut and Cochin. It borders the state of Tamil Nadu to the east and Karnataka to the north.
Dubbed “God’s Own Country” by its own tourism department, Kerala is considered one of India’s most cultured states and safest regions with a high standard of living. Rich in tradition, Kerala is known for its fertile pastures, diverse topology, beautiful scenery and pure creativity.
Home to dance, music, drama, poetry and martial arts – Kerala is at the epicentre of traditional Indian art forms. The classical Kathakali dance is notable for its signature red and white costumes, while Koodiyattom is an ancient theatre performance listed by UNESCO as a heritage art form.
The state of 34 million people with Malayalam as its main language is also home to the Ayurvedic spa treatment. Those looking for a relaxing holiday should also head to Alleppey, the place to go for a few days or even a week of relaxing in a traditional houseboat.
There are plenty of festivals that happen throughout the year, but Kerala’s biggest cultural celebration is Onam, which happens in August or September. The harvest festival is held for 10 days to celebrate the mythical King Mahabali’s homecoming, complete with boat races, elephant processions, music, dancing and signature intricate flower patterns.