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Kerala - Will Inspire the Poet in You

by manjuchandra

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Kerala will inspire the
poet in you. Kerala in itself can be termed visual poetry. It is like poetry
begets poetry. Such are the immense blessings of nature to this coastal state.
Kerala is situated in the Malabar Coast of southwestern India. This emerald
piece of gem is nestled between Western Ghats and Arabian Sea.

With its scintillating
beaches, lovely hill stations, placid backwaters, enchanting wildlife,
breathtaking landscape and classical art forms, Kerala attracts millions to its

The travel you have to and
fro while on a Kerala tour in itself
is a remarkable affair. You will be treated to predominantly verdant landscape
interspersed with diverse geographical terrains by the two sides. You will be
inebriated with the charming beauty.

Backwater is an inevitable
part of Kerala tourism . No Kerala tour is considered complete
without savoring backwaters. Backwater is a unique Kerala phenomenon. It is
difficult to find a similar occurrence anywhere else in the world. Canals and
inlets which are manmade and of natural origin combine with branches of over
forty rivers and five lakes to form a complex network which is known as
backwaters. Local people used it as transportation medium before bridges, roads
and ferries came. They also depended on it for means of livelihood like
agriculture and fishing. Backwaters is carrying on playing the economic role to
perfection by being a money earner to Kerala economy through tourism.
Backwaters make for exquisite setting with its shores adorned with monuments, swaying
coconut trees, emerald flora and lush green paddy fields, fishing nets and
various activities of life. Backwaters are embellished by water flowers
especially water lilies. Cruises savoring this fascinating landscape are
memorable. Alleppey, Kochi, Kollam and Kumarakom are the epicenters of
backwater tourism.

Houseboats are now the
superstars of backwater tourism. Houseboats are molded in the model of
“Kettuvallams” of yester years. Kettuvallams were used to transport rice and
other household items through backwaters. They came with thatched roof over
wooden hulls to offer protection from elements of nature. Although the form is
largely unaltered, Houseboats are two to three storied affairs with one to five
bedrooms included. Apart from sleeping space, there is provision for dining
space and a sit out open on all sides. From the sit out the fascinating
backwaters can be savored. There are generators adjoined to houseboats
providing for air conditioning. A crew including a cook accompanies guests. Menu
is usually indigenous variety with local fish included. But in the end taste of
guests prevail. Although Houseboats are motorized they are run in a meandering
pace letting guests fully relish the surrounding landscape.

Spending a night in
houseboat docked in backwaters is a memorable affair. You can ask to switch off
electric lamps to spend time in the light of lanterns alone to get a local
feel. You can glimpse houses and boats afar as static and mobile spots of
illumination respectively. If you are in the good books of fortune you can
witness fireflies adorning tree branches, blinking eternally. A marvelous sight

Kerala homes exotic flora
and fauna. There are many wildlife and bird sanctuaries and National parks
preserving and showcasing that treasure.

Apart from winding
backwaters and enchanting wildlife, there are many virgin beaches and lovely
hill stations included in  Kerala tourism.

For more details visit  tour to kerala.

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