Kerala, occupying an area of approximately 38,863 sq km is a state in the southern part of India. Known worldwide as 'Gods own country', the state has become a popular tourist destination on the world tourism map due to its lush greenery, calm backwaters and scenic beauty. With a wide variety of destinations from hill stations to beaches, from wildlife sanctuaries to pilgrim centres, Kerala has a unique combination of tourist spots.
Kerala has fourteen districts.Thiruvananthpuram is the state capital. Situated on the Arabian Sea, Kochi, formerly known as Cochin, is an important port town in Kerala. Chinese Fishing nets and a Jewish synagogue are the most visited attractions of this port town. Surrounded by natural greenery, Thiruvananthapuram is the most crowded town and is well known as the core of IT hubs in the state.
Munnar situated in the Idukki region of Kerala, is one of the most renowned hill stations in southern India. Located on the banks of the Nallathanni Muthirappuzha River, Munnar got its name from the Tamil words Munnu, that means three and Aaru, which meansriver. Other popular hill stations in Kerala include Wayanad, Nelliyampathy, Ponmudi, etc.
A small town on the margins of the Astamudi Lake, Kollam is a very famous tourist place in Kerala and is located 71 km away from Thiruvananthapuram. Kollam is the south doorway to the backwaters of Kerala. Alleppey, which is, known as the Venice of the East, is famous for its houseboats on the backwaters of Kerala. The backwaters are full of unique species of water animals and birds which provide a green hue.
Kerala has a distinct culture of its own. The states topographical location has contributed largely to its traditions. Kerala also earns the distinction of being the most literate state in India. The best time to visit the state is between November to March and August to September. The state is well connected to the rest of the country by rail, road and air.