Kerala, the minuscule state in the Southern tip of Indian continent, has been capturing the attention of travelers from all over the world for many years. There are many simple yet alluring facts of Kerala that make everyone fall in love with it, in the first glance itself. The local culture is such one fact. When everyone goes after the glamorous backwaters and misty hill stations with the help of some amazing Kerala tour packages, that are covered by many travel operators like Gogeo Holidays, some of them may wish to experience the unique culture and traditions of this God’s own kingdom. Kerala holds a unique and distinct culture that is sure to boast of by every Keralite. This uniqueness is visible with everything that is home to, in the colorful vibrant festivals, art forms, performing arts, world-renowned literature, painting, music, the amazing cuisine and so on.
What we now describe as the culture and traditions of Kerala is actually a confluence of the amalgamation of different kinds of influences that this land has faced with. According to the archeological and historical evidence, the first and earliest inhabitants of Kerala were the Dravidians. And you can still see the influences of this Dravidian culture in different aspects of Kerala it’s day to day life.
The land of counts
As the name Kerala literally indicates, this state is indeed the land of coconuts- the tree of life. Many cultural habits of this state have been revolved around the cultivation of this crop. The tender coconut water is Kerala’s own soft drink that is now loved by many. And if the soft flesh is mixed with the water, it makes up for a wonderful snack. The matured coconut is grated as used as an ingredient for almost every dish that Kerala own. And the coconut oil made from the dry county is also using to cook almost every dish. The toddy, which is got from the coconut tree is Kerala’s own unique alcoholic drink which is made from the sap of the flower before it blooms.
Not only the land is full of coconut fringed landscapes everywhere, this tree also has made a great impact on the lifestyle of many people here. Toddy tapping is the source of income of many people here, and you can find Toddy shops in many parts of Kerala. The course that is made from the coconut husk forms the basis of the coir industry here. The choir is also used in many interesting ways. The fiber of the coir is used to make mats, rugs, baskets, and many other fascinating handicrafts. Many tourists buy these as typical Kerala souvenirs. So do not forget to visit the major coir hub- Alleppey in Kerala with your cheap Kerala family tour packages at low price, during your trip to Kerala. The list is not needed here. The outer shell of the coconut is also used to make different handicraft products and attractive traditional pots and ornaments. The coconut leaves are used for the purpose of thatching the traditional houses and the dried ones make up a form of fuel. So as you can see, the coconut indeed is the tree of life in Kerala and makes up a big part of the culture in here.
Unique performing arts to preserve the tradition
If you want to watch the live performance of the portraying of Kerala’s culture- then the best way is to watch some vibrant performing arts, which still maintain the Kerala’s culture in its purest form. The major performing arts that belong to Kerala are the Theyyam, Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, Panchavadyam, Kalaripayattu and do on. All these musical extravaganzas and performing arts reveal the unique culture and the old era of this vibrant state. IN the ancient times, these kind of art forms were only part of temples and places that are linked to religions. But now these are more become like public spaces. Try to include Kalamandalam, one of the renowned cultural center in Kerala with your itinerary of the affordable Kerala tour packages, the experience would be experienced for you. Most of these unique arts of Kerala is now packaged as cultural products and is preserved for the future generations.
The fascinating beauty of Kerala’s tuskers and elephants
Well, we call it tusker mania. When you head out to explore the cultural roots of Kerala, you would be amazed by the fact that no even a single temple festival in Kerala passes without and the array of beautifully decorated tuskers on the display for the public. Keralites are simply big fans of elegant elephants and the tuskers. And these form an important part of the culture of this land. Elephants are considered to be a symbol of royalty and prestige for the Keralites, and also a big source of good fortune. In all the major temple festivals in Kerala, the idols are carried out by only by an elephant, who are considered as the Lord Ganesha himself. One of the popular such tuskers- Guruvayur kesavan who used to carry the deity of Lord Krishna in the temple of Guruvayur has a statue erected in that area, These tusker heroes are more like legends who are kept in the memory of people even after their death. You can also find fascinating paintings that portray these tuskers in their all glory. You can include the places like Kodanad elephant training camp, and Punnathur kotta near Guruvayur with your affordable kerala holiday packages for family to watch the elephants in its natural habitats.
The unpretentious food- the remarkable simplicity
No love is sincere than the love of food. The Kerala’s own dishes are known as one of the most healthy dishes in the entire world. Like many other popular cuisines, Kerala’s cuisine also takes advantage of the different mixture of flavors, spices, seafood, and especially coconut. Even just the simplicity of all these food items will make you want to try them. The cuisine of Kerala reflect the influences of many cultures and historical, geographical, social conditioning effects. Especially those from the colonial era, when the British, Dutch, used to rule here. Kerala is one such rare place in the entire world, where you can find as many varieties as for both the vegetarian and non vegetarian cuisine in equal amount.
The vibrant celebrations and festivals
Kerala is also home some of the most vibrant and unique festivals in the entire world. And these reflect the musical, religious, historical aspects of the state. And one of the common thing you would find about these festivals is the traitor harmony and oneness among them. Which means, regardless of different religions and culture, everyone takes part in these and celebrates in harmony, The traditional practices of the land is cultivated in the same spirit by the people here, and many still hold on to the ethics and values of the culture. Each of these celebrations is not for a particular people, or community or religion, it is for the entire society.
So, as a sum up, it can be said that the culture of Kerala reflects the confidence of many communities, civilizations, and most importantly the ones of people with the mother nature. People here carve out their identity preserving this unique culture and still being open to the modern aspects and plethora of influences from the outside world.