Kerala is the land of backwaters, beaches and hill stations. Millions visit Kerala to enjoy the incredibly outstanding natural beauty. It is known as one of paradise of travelers because of its astonishing greenery and freshness it offers on every visit. Words are really incapable of conveying the exotic charm of Kerala. You have to experience it, to know it.
Kerala is situated in the Malabar Coast of southwestern India. This coastal territory is cradled between Western Ghats and Arabian Sea. Kerala is famous for its beautiful sea, tantalizing backwaters, romantic beaches, enchanting hill stations, exciting wildlife, verdant landscape and suave art forms.
Western Ghats is the main reason why Kerala receives such abundant rainfall and homes extra luxuriant jade landscape. Western Ghats in its fold keeps many pristine hill stations and also is the habitat of rare fauna and flora. There are many ideal places to spend your holidays. The beauty lies in the fact that most of these hills are less ventured and explored. These destinations are embellished with twisty roads, steep cool waterfalls, delightful rivulets and a rich enclave of wonders of nature. They are also reputed for tea and coffee plantations and spices like cardamom, pepper etc grow abundantly. The average height of hill stations of Kerala is one thousand five hundred and twenty meters. Major hill stations of Kerala are Munnar, Wayanad, Wagamon, Peermade, Nelliampathi and Ponmudi. Out of these Munnar is the more famous. Millions throng to Munnar to savor its renowned magic touch which is refreshing, soothing and gentle. Munnar is located at one thousand and six hundred meters high and stands near the confluence of three rivers. It is blessed with salubrious climate. The lush green hills carpeted by manicured tea gardens are its main attractions. Along with these are the magnificent views of attractive colonial architectural specimens, splendid waterfalls and roaring rivulets. These views make Munnar ideal for trekking and mountain biking. Apart from this, there are many interesting sightseeing spots nearby Munnar like Eravikulam National park, Anamudi Peak, Mattupetty, Pallivasal, Chinnakanal, Anayirangal, Rajamalai, Echo Point, Top station and Tea Museum. Eravikulam National park homes the largest sustainable population of Nilgiri Tahrs – an endangered species. One event that turns the hills and valleys of Munnar into a carpet of blue is the blooming of Neelakurunji, an endemic plant which happens once in twelve years.
Kovalam is a pristine beach that is prominently included in Kerala tour packages. Kovalam is situated in the southern part of Kerala. It is formed by three crescent shaped beaches. The tourism potential of Kovalam was discovered by Travancore Kings and is one of the oldest known tourist spots of India. Kovalam shot into limelight with the swarming of hippies to Kovalam in the ninety seventies. The beaches are inviting for sunbathing. Sunbathing on the Kovalam beaches is an important attraction of Kerala tourism. The seas are not too deep and safe for swimming. There are attractive coral reefs present near the shore and one can go snorkeling for an underwater view.
Thekkady is another prime destination nestled in Western Ghats. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in Thekkady. The sanctuary is surrounded by an artificial lake formed because of Mulla Periyar dam. You can savor the surroundings and wildlife by having a boat ride in the lake.
Meenu is an eminent analyst and writer in Travel & Tourism related topics. She has authored many books on tour guide for Kerala Holiday and Kerala Tourism Packages. Find more packages at http://www.keralatourpackage.org/
Kerala - Land of backwaters, beaches and hill stations