Redefining faith and dependence in the spiritual centres of Kerala

Two major places that are most sorted for pilgrim traveling in the south zone of India is Kerala and Chennai. Innumerable temples, churches and mosques are located in the state of Kerala where the believers come in search of peace and tranquility. The inhabitants of Tamil Nadu often visit the pilgrim sites in Kerala which are famous for the beliefs that reside in the pilgrim. A lot of families also follow it on a tradition basis that happens to be the customs of both the places. Hence most of the families residing in Chennai visit the sites in Kerala where they get to enhance their faith in the mythical stories relating to the temples. A Kerala family tour package would let the people move on a journey that lets them walk through traditions that are similar to those that are being followed by them.

Guruvayoor Temple

Location: Thrissur

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Guruvayoor

Guruvayoor temple, which is situated at Thrissur is a place of worship for believers. The deity here is Lord Krishna who is referred to as Guruvayoorappan. A number of rituals are followed here and thousands of people visit the temple to do the rituals on a daily basis. The Prasadam which is provided to the people in the temple in the form of Payasam and Butter are also famous to the people. The believers who visit Kerala during the Sabarimala season visit Guruvayoor as it is a tradition followed by the people to visit maximum temples on their route to Sabari Mala. The temple which is 5000 years old also has a dress code which is to be followed by the believers to enter the temple.

Aanakotta is also located in the temple premises where the elephants that belong to the temple are taken care of. 

Malayatoor Church

Location: Ernakulam

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Malayatoor Church

Malayatoor Church which is located at Ernakulam is a major place of visit by the believers of Christianity.

It is situated on a hilltop where the pilgrims reach to heal themselves through the environment in the place.

It is a Catholic church and the footprints of St Thomas can be found on the hills. A statue of St Thomas is also there on the premises of the church. Malayatoor Perunal which is the church festival is celebrated during the months of March and April. The cultural bond between Chennai and Kerala is prevalent here where the families travelling to the destination also visit Kurisumudy at Tamil Nadu when visiting Malayatoor church. The believers visiting the church are also fond of the architecture of the Church.

Cheramaan Juma Masjid

 Location: Kodungallur

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Cheraman Juma Masjid

Famous as the first mosque built in India, Cheramaan Juma Masjid has a lot of religious significance as the King of Kodungallur, Cheraman Perumal, who was from the Cheras Dynasty who is believed to have travelled to Madina in order to meet the Prophet. but on his way back, he passed away. His travel companions came back to Kodungallur where the mosque was built in his name. As it is the first place where the significance of Islam started n India, a lot of people travel to the destination from various parts of the world. Even though the mosque has been renovated, the hall and internal structure have been preserved in its natural form.

Cheraman Parambu, where the Palace of the Cheras Dynasty is located is also often visited by the people reaching to the mosque. 

Believers also come here from places like Chennai where they visit several other mosques located in Kerala but only men from the families enter as women are denied entrance into the Masjid.

Sabarimala

Location: Pathanamthitta

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Sabarimala Temple

One of the most visited temples in Kerala, the major deity of Sabarimala is Lord Ayyappa. 50 million pilgrims visit the temple every month where the significance of the temple becomes evident.

The pilgrims have to climb up the hills barefoot to reach the temple. The believers travelling to the temple have to take a Vritham of 41 days.

Certain pilgrims walk all the way from their residence to the temple, barefoot.  The temple opens during the Mandalapooja, the first 5 days of every month in the Malayalam calendar, Maha Vishuva Sankranti and on Makara Vilaku which is when the believers can visit the temple. Women who are aged between 10-50 cannot visit the temple as per the rules and regulations of the temple. People come in lakhs all the way from Chennai to visit this temple which is located in the mountain ranges of Western Ghats.   Makara Vilaku is an auspicious day at Sabari Mala to witness which a lot of pilgrims reach to the temple.

Arthunkal Church

Location: Alleppey

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Arthunkal Church

St. Andrew’s Basilica, which is a Roman Catholic church is located in Arthunkal at Alleppey. It was originally built by Portuguese missionaries and was rebuilt twice. The believers who visit the place of significance often reach the place during Thanksgiving. The people who had been affected by diseases often reach up to the church to seek blessings and to give offerings for the wellness they have been granted by God.

The history revoked that men from Hindu religion had also been helpful in building the Church which shows to the people, the respect the people living in Kerala provide to all the religions.

Thousands of devotees reach up to the church where extended families join together for pilgrim purpose to seek the blessings from the church.

The pilgrims from all the religions visit Kerala where they get to indulge in peace by seeking the blessings from the pilgrim sites. Despite any climate, the travellers coming all the way from Chennai get to the Gods own country where they also get to go to so many other tourist destinations that are located close to the sites. Families also visit during the auspicious festive period where the temples, mosques and Church celebrate various festivities. All the people devoid of religion become a part of it. Pilgrim tours to Kerala have become very prevalent and whenever a tour package from Chennai is planned, the travellers make sure that they visit one place that had temple significance where they seek blessings for their journey.

 

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An escape from the city of I.T hubs to the capital city of Kerala, Trivandrum

 

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Bangalore is a rocking city mostly known as the city of dreams by the younger generation and it is true to an extent. Living in Bangalore for the last 8 years all I saw in the place was a number of forts and places of great historical importance. Even with all these wonders, the place had a weak point too, nature and wilderness. The city known as the I.T hub of Kerala lacks natural resources. One thing people living in Bangalore look for while travelling would be nature and natural beauty. It was the same for me too, 8 long years in the city and all I missed was greenery, mountains, waterfalls and forests. Tired of the busy life in Bangalore finally I planned a trip to Kerala with my family, the land known for its natural beauty and destinations filled with greenery.  On the 20th of October, I planned a trip to Trivandrum the capital city of Kerala which is known to have a number of fascinating tourist destinations. Planning a trip was something that I can never get right so to make my trip tension free I decided to avail the best Kerala tour package from Bangalore organised by Gogeo holidays. One of the best things in availing a tour package from tour operators like the Gogeo holiday is that you can have a hassle-free trip enjoying the nature and the place. On the 25th of October, I with my family set off to Kerala taking a two-day leave from my office; we reached the airport at Bangalore by 7 am. After a 3 hr long flight, we finally reached the Trivandrum airport by 10 am and was welcomed by the tour operators in Kerala. The representatives of the travel operators were of great help, without much lag we were taken to the taxi which was waiting for our arrival and then straight to the hotel which was already ready to receive us. The hotel that the tour operators booked for us were perfect with great facilities and the best view of the city. After freshening up we decided to start with the trip for the day.

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Our first destination as planned by the tour organisers was Agastyakoodam, which is said to be the second highest peak in Kerala and a part of Sahyadri range. After a drive of about 1 hr, we reached our destination 11 am. Rich with wildlife the forest of the mountain was filled with rare medicinal herbs, plants and brightly hued orchids. The place could be best referred as bird watchers paradise, this majestic mountain is best accessed by foot from Koror which is located near Meyer dam, and from Bonacaud. The travel guide informed us that the best time to visit the place was from the month of December to April as it is the best time for trekking. This park that is located in Thiruvananthapuram is a part of the Agasthyamala biosphere reserve which is located on the borders of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The place was added to the world network of biosphere reserves in the month of March in the year 2016 by UNESCO. The place is one of the best that people living in cities like Bangalore would love. The view that the peak exhibits of the city are so unique that it would attract travellers like us living in Bangalore. After enjoying the view of the city and the hills we decided to move on with our trip to the next destination.

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After the tour of the peak we reached back to the taxi by 1 pm, as all of us were hungry we decided to have the lunch and then continue with our journey. After having the lunch from the nearest hotel we started our trip to our next destination, the Veli tourist village. We reached the place by 2.30 after a drive of 1 hour. The place is one of the best picnic spots for a family where the Veli Lake meets the Arabian Sea. The place offered us with boating facilities which we enjoyed to the best. Travellers are free to hire the pedal boats to explore the flavour of the lagoon in an easy manner. The place is one of the best families could enjoy as it offers different activities for the families. Children visiting the place could enjoy the beauty of the place by climbing and playing over the sculptures which dot the landscapes. We explored the beauty of the place by enjoying a boat ride through the waters. It is not that boat rides are not there in Bangalore, one of the major difference that one can feel in the boat rides in Kerala and Bangalore is the sight and beauty that each provides. By enjoying a boat ride in Bangalore one could explore the beauty of the city while in Kerala you could explore the beauty of nature. The vile tourist village is one of the best destinations where families could enjoy the evening availing different Kerala tour packages for family. The place promises to entertain the whole of the family even children with complete safety. Families could enjoy tension free picnic in the place. One of the other attractions for the travellers visiting the place would be the Veli beach which is located 8 kilometres away from the Trivandrum town and provides the best view of the waters and the sunset. After enjoying in the place for a while we decided to move on to our last destination of the day.

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After enjoying the boating and tour of the village we started our trip by 3.30 to our next destination, Ponmudi. A mesmerising hill station with twisty pathways and chilling, green, wooded surroundings the place is one of the best destination where travellers could spend a peaceful day. We reached the place by 4.15 after a 45 min long ride. The place is filled with a verity of colourful and beautiful mountain flowers, rare species of butterflies, small rivers and springs. Apart from being a picnic spot, the place is also known to have some perfect trekking trails which attract a number of trekkers. People living in Bangalore are more attracted to trekking but as the place lacks much of trekking destinations its Kerala that they prefer to trek. Ponmudi is one such destination in Kerala which most loved by the trekkers in Bangalore. Ponmudi, also known as the golden peak among the nature lovers and trekkers is an enticing and breathtaking hill station in Thiruvananthapuram. One of the major attractions of the peak is its scenic view and the 22 hairpin turns located along the narrow and short routes which the bikers and riders love to explore. These hairpins make the ride to the destination thrilling and entertaining. By the time we decided to leave it was already 6 pm and so we voted to stay in the place to enjoy the sunset. After enjoying the sunset we decided to get back to the hotel as we had to check out the next day. After refreshing and having food we decided to sleep as we had a busy day ahead.

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The next day we woke up by 8 and after refreshing and having breakfast decided to check out. It was our last day in Kerala as we had to return back to Bangalore. We started our trip to our first and last destination of the day Varkala by, 10.30 am. After a ride of 45 min, we finally reached the place by 11.30 am. Varkala is a place with a number of seaside resort and spa and hence known as the land of resort and spa. The travellers visiting the place are mostly over-see tourist who visits the land to enjoy the magic of rejuvenation and spa. Apart from being a mesmerising tourist destination, the place is also a well-known Hindu pilgrimage centre. The place is the final resting place of Sree Narayan Guru is located at Varkala, at a top hill called the Sivagiri. With the presence of high cliffs with mineral spring raising from the coastline the place is one of the best and well-known pilgrim centres in Trivandrum. According to the mythical story of the place, a sage named Nerada was once visited by a group of mendicants who admit to having sinned it is believed that Nerada threw his valkkalam which is a cloth made of the bark of a tree into the air, and the place where this piece of cloth landed was later named Varkala. The place where these mendicants are believed to pray for redemption came to be known as the Papanasham beach. The other attractions of the place are the presence of Sree Janardhana Swami temple and the nature care centre. By the time we finished the tour of the place we decided to get back to the Trivandrum international airport which was another 1-hour drive from the place.

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We reached back to the airport by 2.30 and board the flight back to Bangalore by 4.40. Trivandrum the capital city of Kerala is a place considered to be one of the best destinations for families to tour and hence is a prominent tourist destination in most family holiday packages to Kerala. The day spends in the place with my family was the most relaxing and refreshing that we enjoyed o the best. Entirely different from Bangalore Kerala is a state which is a rapidly developing city that conserves and preserves its natural resources. For travellers and families who wish escape from the busy life of the city the capital city of Kerala is one of the best and most prominent destinations.

Unending Beauty of Munnar, The Sight of Roaring Waterfalls from the Rolling Hills

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Munnar in Kerala doesn’t need any introduction since it is the most sought-after tourist destination in Kerala. Boredom is a feeling which is unknown to many who arrive at this land. Fondly called as the Kashmir of South, the extensive tea plantations surrounding the serene hills are the major cause of its enhanced beauty. The mist covered hills are the attractive part of winter and vast tea estate, the breezy air and cooling climate draw the attention of tourists. On the way to Munnar, there are many eye-catching waterfalls, where tourists used to take an intermittent halt amidst journey and enjoy the nature. The presence of a waterfall can be detected from far if it is strong enough. Each waterfall is different from each other, they wait for monsoons to get strengthened up. There are some good number of waterfalls in Munar which add up the tourism. Playing in water is something that even the bigger ones wish to do. Since some, of these, are hidden deep inside forests, the picturesque surroundings add up the thrill to visit. We know that the best place in South India to spend a holiday with our family or friends is, Kerala. There is a presence of big invisible hands of Munnar tourism behind it. Families enjoy being here as it is one of the safest tourist destination also. Having years of experience in the tourism field, the authorities are taking good care of the tourists arriving. Kids love to play in the splashing natural wonder, waterfalls. Take a midway pitstop and dip in the pool to shed away the tiresome journey effects. The food stalls attached to the locations provide tasty mangoes and pineapple mix.There are many waterfalls in Munnar and most of which are included in the itinerary of Kerala holiday packages for family.  Since families are the ones who will be enjoying the visit to these waterfalls, with extreme pleasure, the itineraries to Munnar are designed in such a way as to cover at least a waterfall on the way. In every route from Munnar, there is at least one waterfall on the way.On your way to the land of tea plantation, Munnar, take a halt at these locations and play in the pool formed underneath.

Lakkam Waterfalls

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Vacationers travelling to Marayoor from Munnar can repose at the location of Lakkam waterfalls as it is along this route. A Just 5-minute drive from Munnar town is the distance between you and the beautiful Lakkam waterfalls. To add the beauty of the location, nature has kept Lakkam waterfalls amidst vaga trees, which is having its origin from the plateau of Eravikulam. Its most of the cascades are inaccessible. There are two stages for the cascades, of which one is for ladies and age-old people while the second one is for teenagers and men.

Kuthumkal Waterfalls

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About 6 kilometres from Rajakkad and 24 kilometres from Munnar, the Kuthumkal waterfall is a scenic treat to the eyes. The water cascades down with high kinetic energy and this forms the majesty of the cascade. Since falling from great heights, at the bottom the falls form a permanent mist. The true aspect of spending a holiday with your family is best realised when you go out for a one-day trip to this beautiful waterfalls. The wild fall was captured by movie makers. A nearby locale, Kezar Kuthura formed the backdrop of some Bollywood movies. Nedumkandam is near from here and star gazing is the interesting activity at this locality.

Thoovanam Waterfalls

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Start trekking from Alampatty forest check post and the one hour of the trek will make you reach the beautiful location of Thoovanam waterfalls. This trek is the most riveting one to access the Thoovanam waterfalls. It is about 60 kilometres from Munnar and is found deep inside the Chinnar wildlife sanctuary. The waterfall is formed by river Pamba. On the course of the trek, wild flora and fauna can be encountered.

Nyayamakad Waterfalls

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Now there is another reason to visit Rajamalai as the Nyayamakad waterfall is on the way from Munnar to Rajamalai. An ideal trekking spot for avid trekkers and the nature around the falls are simply adorable. The water cascades down from a height of 1600 meters and makes up an ideal picnic spot. Honeymoon couples often visit the location on their way to Rajamalai. Since this fall is located inside a thick jungle, the location makes up for a perfect place to hang out during a honeymoon. Munnar is the most selected honeymoon spot and every year, new places are added to the itineraries of Munnar honeymoon packages and the recent one being Nyayamakad falls. A truly adventurous trek can be conducted here in the wild. Dare to enter into the pool and feel the chilliness of the water.

Cheeyappara Waterfalls

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The popular one and is along the Kochi-Madurai highway so that number of tourists encounter this great waterfall. It pours down in seven steps. The fall is located 40 kilometres from Munnar and is famous for trekking. On the way to Munnar, most of the tourists used to take a break here. There are many food stalls here where fruits chopped and mixed with chilli are served. In the chilly climate, having a small snack that is really hot is a good experience.

 

A Romantic Escape to the Misty Hills of Kerala

honeymoon-packages-munnarMarriage is not just a word in the dictionary for a girl but a word with a whole lot of emotions and dreams attached to it. It was on the 20th of August that this word brought in a meaning in my life as I was happily married to Ashik. We were settled in Bangalore one of the busiest business city, mostly known as the city of dreams. Even after marriage, we had no much time for each other as we were totally busy with our work and tight schedules; we never got enough time to understand each other. After a week of our marriage, Ashik planned a surprise honeymoon trip to the misty hills of Kerala. Our honeymoon trip was organized and managed by Gogeo Holidays as we opted for one of their best and most attractive Kerala tour packages from Bangalore. According to the plan, we were to spend our honeymoon days in Munnar which was one of the very famous tourist destinations with hill stations covered in mist. The only reason to choose Kerala to be our honeymoon destination is due to the climate and natural beauty of the place which a city like Bangalore lacks. A rapidly developing city like Bangalore lacks nature as the place is mostly filled with buildings and flats which make the city look more congested and stressful. People in the town are driven into never ending work which makes them look more like systematized machines than humans. Even after having a number of tourist destinations in Bangalore we choose to enjoy our honeymoon in Kerala so as to escape from the loud busy city life of the place.

Couple-portraitsWe started our trip on the 20th of August at 8.00 am to the land known as ‘gods own country to enjoy the days in the misty hills of Munnar via flight.  We reached the Bangalore airport by 6.00 am and were welcomed by the tour operators. After a 3 hour flight, we reached the Kochi international airport by 9.00 am. As soon as we reached the Kochi airport we were welcomed by the trip organizers and were led to the cab. We decided to have our lunch on our way to Munnar. After riding for an hour we finally got to a restaurant to have our lunch. It was after reaching the restaurant that we realized that we were really hungry, the smell of Masala and flavors of the food were more tempting for us.  As soon as we got the menu we ordered for the very famous chicken Biriyani, which was one of my favorite dishes in Kerala. The smell of the Masala and flavors in the food with the delicious taste of gravy of the chicken and the rice with the salad would make your mouth water. After having the lunch along with some juice and dessert we decided to move on with the trip. Due to our very busy schedules in back in Bangalore, we never had enough time to eat, even if we eat. We never had enough time or piece of mind where we could enjoy and explore the taste of the food we eat. It was in this restaurant in Kerala we actually explored the taste and flavours of the land to the fullest. We reached Munnar by 11.45 am after a ride of 2 hrs. As soon as we reached the town we were helped to check in to the best budget hotel in Munnar where we could enjoy the stay. After freshening up we decided to start the tour of the place.

Mattupetty-Dam-near-MunnarAs per the plan, our first destination of the day was Mattupetti Dam, which is a well-known reservoir which is located almost 13 km away from the Munnar town. We reached the place after a drive of about 30 to 45 min by 12.45 pm. the main attraction of the place is the natural surroundings of the concrete dam which is well built between the hill ranges of the Western Ghats. And it is used mainly for water storage for hydroelectric projects. The place is a very prominent destination in almost all Kerala holiday packages for family where they could enjoy the trip in the lap of nature and enjoy the sight of the dam which is surrounded by the misty hills and the Western Ghats. A family trip to the dam could also be made educational as the dam is mainly used to store water for the hydroelectric project.  Another attraction of the place is the fact that a number of elephants visit the area to have water from the dam. After enjoying the sight of the place, we decided to explore the Mattupetti Dairy Farm which is located at a distance of 30 min from the dam. We reached our 2nd destination, the Mattupetti Dairy Farm by 2.00pm. The farm is one of the well-known destinations in the place which is a well-known Indo-Swiss Farm. The main attraction of the farm is its existence for being a highly specialized dairy farm which is named and listed under the Indo-Swiss Livestock Project. Another importance of the farm is that the place reared a number of high-quality cattle and new varieties of cattle are developed. after enjoying the beauty of the place and spending some romantic time with each other we decided to move on to our next destination of the day, Top Station.

 

 

Kerala Tourism Packages.jpgLocated about 40 km from the Munnar town the place is one of the best sightseeing destinations were the trekking facilities are provided for the travelers.  We reached the top station after a travel of about 1 hr by 4.00 pm. the misty cloud of the place was something that attracts a number of tourists from around the world. After enjoying a small trekking from the base we reached the top station to take in the panoramic view of the Western Ghats and the valley of Theni which is breathe taking. The place got the name from having the top most located railway station at the Kundala Valley Railway. After enjoying the beautiful sight of the city and spending some quality time with each other we decided to get back to our restaurant as the watch already showed the time to be 6.00 pm. lost in the nature we didn’t realize the running time. Back in Bangalore we never have enjoyed the peace and freshness we felt in the land of mist hills, Kerala. This beauty of the state with misty hills, rivers, and fresh air and nature makes the land entirely different from busy cities filled with buildings and factories. Kerala is one of the best destinations where one could enjoy the nature and relax in the lap of nature forgetting every tension and stress of the daily busy city life. From the top station, we headed back to our hotel by 6.30 pm. after a drive for about 1.30 hrs we reached back to our hotel by 8.00 pm. by the time we entered our room we were exhausted and tired. After being in the room for a while we decide to refresh and head to the dining to have the dinner. After having the delicious dinner we headed back to the room, after spending some quality time with each other we decided to sleep as we had a flight to catch the next day.

munnar-honeymoon-packageWe woke up the next day by 9 am and after refreshing and having the breakfast we checked out of the hotel by 10.30 the stay in Munnar was one of the best I could remember and cherish for a life time. Newly wedded couples like us could easily avail a Romantic Munnar honeymoon packages where they could enjoy the climate and the mist which sets up a perfect romantic ambience. The natural elements of the Western Ghats with the beauty of nature would make your honeymoon the most memorable and special. After checking out of the hotel we were taken back to the Kochi international airport. A travel of about 3 hrs, we reached the airport by 2.00pm. After boarding the flight back to Bangalore we reached our place by 5.00 pm. the days we enjoyed back in Kerala were the best in our lives. The ambience of the place gave us enough time to know more about each other and understand each other well. After reaching back home we were engaged and busy in our works, but after the trip, our relation took a beautiful turn where we decided to enjoy our life together by understanding and cherishing each other’s dream. The newly wedded couples could make each day of their honeymoon count by exploring the hill station in Kerala the land called ‘Gods Own Country’.

 

Kerala culture- the amalgamation of influences

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Call of The Forest…!

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The forest calls each and everyone of us..! only a certain few hear the call…!                   Kerala Forest and Wildlife Department is a law enforcement agency for the state of Kerala, India. One of the main beautiful attraction of Kerala is forest.Over 75% of the land-area of Kerala was covered by forests uptill even the 18th century. It conserves 10,336 km of forests forming 29.101% of the total geographic area of the state. Kerala forest is blessed with  timber,sandal wood and other spices trees and natural minerals. Kerala forest is one of the main tourist attraction spot of kerala tourism package.  There are so many attraction kerala forest such as climate,adventure ride,stay and so on…

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Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary

Muthanga Wild life sanctuary is one the main wild life sanctuary in kerala. It established in 1973. Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary is a rainforest which protected area network of Nagarhole and Bandipur of Karnataka on the northeast and Mudumalai of Tamil Nadu on the southeast. Rich in bio-diversity, the sanctuary is an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. Elephants roam freely here and tigers are sighted occasionally. Various species of deer, monkeys, birds etc also live here. The Reserve is also home to a small population of tigers, a profusion of birds, butterflies and insects. There are so many visitors are visit muthanga forest it is one main tourist destination in kerala tour packages for family. There are two timings for entry, from 7 am to 9 am or 3 pm to 5 pm. At this sanctuary you may spot a number of animals such as Gaur, Dholes, Cheetal and Jackals, to name a few. If you are lucky, you may also spot the Bengal Tiger.

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Tholpetty wildlife sanctuary

The Tholpetty wildlife sanctuary is located in the northern side of Wayanad, beckons you to explore its vast dense regions and enjoy the feel of wildlife safari.The wildlife jeep safari at the sanctuary offers splendid opportunities to spot various animal and bird in their natural behaviour.The safari usually lasts between 2-4 hours and takes place twice a day from Morning to night and other is afternoon 1 pm  to evening 5 pm till and experienced guides from the forest department will be by your side at all times.The other fantastic attractions of the region include a lake, where animals usually come up their thirst during the summer, there are lots of couples  visit and enjoy  Tholpetty wildlife sanctuary it is one of the main kerala tour packages for couple.The prime season for this sanctuary starts from the November and till the next year month of May, so book soon to get the best deals.

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Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary or the Thekkady Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most popular tourism hot spots in Kerala and also cheapest kerala tour packages, its Spread over an area of 675 sq km, this wildlife sanctuary is a reservoir of several endemic, rare and endangered species of animals. Named after the Periyar Lake, which is located within the sanctuary, this wildlife reservoir is home to 1800 flowering plants, 171 grass species, 143 species of orchids, 35 species of mammals and 265 species of birds.

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Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary

The Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Palakkad district of Kerala and it is one of the main forest tourism destination and also main Kerala Holiday Packages  and it is blessed with rich fauna and flora, The Parambikulam sanctuary offers wonderful opportunities to experience Kerala wildlife in their natural behavior, the Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is now includes of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee to be declared as a World Heritage Site. Parambikulam wildlife sanctuary contain 39 species of mammals, 16 species of amphibians, 268 varieties of birds, 61 species of reptiles and a 124 different species of butterflies, the Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is also home to four indigenous tribes that have build their colonies . If you are a wildlife enthusiast, the Parambikulam Sanctuary is the best place to sight animals and to feel the forest life.

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Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Neyyar wildlife sanctuary is located in Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala. The Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary spreads across 10.06 sq km. It is situated near the Agasthyakoodam hill which gets its name from the Sage Agastya. Neyyar is one of main tourist destination of a kerala travel packages. Compare to other wildlife sanctuary Neyyar wildlife sanctuary is small, but its blessed with verity of animals and natural resources,it’s a home to a large variety of wild animals including leopards, tigers, bears, elephants, etc, and the sanctuary offers opportunities for tiger and lion safaris.The Neyyar wildlife sanctuary includes an Elephant Rehabilitation Center and a Deer Rehabilitation Center and also contain crocodile farm within the sanctuary,Neyyar wild life sanctuary is of a great experience of forest lovers.

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Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary

Mangalavanam is  situated at the center of the Indian city of Kochi. Covering about 2.74 hectares,  it connected with Kochi backwaters by a canal. Mangalavanam is primarily a bird refuge. In Mangalavanam bird survey conducted in May 2006 found that there were 200 birds belonging to 40 species. The total number of bird species recorded so far from the area is 72 The Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary is a bird watcher’s paradise, this bird sanctuary is thick population of communally breeding birds. The most commonly viwed birds at the Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary are the Little Cormorant and the Black Crowned Night Heron. It is home to as many as 500 species of exotic birds and the most commonly sighted avian in the sanctuary are the Falcon Grey, Ceylon Frog moth etc. And also include verity species of bats. Mangalavanam bird sanctuary is one of other tourist attraction of kerala tour package.  

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Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

The Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary spreads over 92 sq km from Idukki district in kerala .This sanctuary receives rain fall only 48 days in the year and hence this peculiar vegetation. The Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary too is under consideration for being declared as a World Heritage Site.The Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on either side of the Marayoor-Udumalpet Road and is famous for sandalwood forests, timber tree and waterfalls. Many tourist visit munnar and chinnar wild sanctuary and it’s a one of the best of munnar honeymoon packages.

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Ethnic Destinations you wouldn’t want to miss in Kerala!

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                           Kerala and culture have a strong and intimate bond since ages. Many of the foreign traders got settled here because they got attracted to the vivid culture and introduced their own culture that has blend over the centuries and has now become the culture of Kerala. We have accepted everything positive with open arms and that reflects in our cultural monuments and masterpieces that remain strong through the centuries. Kerala tour packages for family scanning the ethnic Kerala culture can be an amusing journey to start with. Most of the palaces and forts have been converted into museums now and a journey through the museums, palaces and forts can be a journey that takes you through the history of Kerala’s culture and traditions. The temples, mosques and churches have also equally contributed in shaping up the unique culture we follow. If you travel through every district of Kerala, you will find enough reasons to understand why the people here are still stuck in their culture and traditions even when they are highly educated. We believe that education opens our eyes to a higher level where we realize the value of our traditions and culture and make sure that we nurture them to present to our future generations.

Kozhikode & the Malabar Regions – The land of Zamorins

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Kozhikode is the right place to start about the culture of Kerala. Located in the north Malabar region, Kozhikode is the first place where the famous Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama landed in India which opened a new sea route to the rich Indian subcontinent. Kerala’s aromatic spices were the major target for the traders who came here. The city is a busy place now with many beaches, shopping arcades, and other popular tourist destinations. Kappad beach still has a memorial of the place where Vasco Da Gama landed first. Pazhassiraja Museum is another important cultural destination for the tourists seeking information on the history and culture of Kerala. The beaches and the cuisine are quite popular among tourists on Kerala tour packages for couple. There are many cultural programs conducted regularly at the Manamchira Ground which is located in the heart of the city. Further, the districts surrounding Kozhikode till Kasargode are known as the Malabar region which is dominated by the Muslim community who migrated from various places and got settled here many centuries back. Now they are the backbones of the business and economy of these regions. Their exotic and rich cuisine has always been popular among the local foodies as well as those from far-flung places from India and abroad. The Muniyaras and Edakkal Caves of Wayanad have a long story to tell the visitors. Wayanad is a popular destination for the honeymoon as it has the dense tropical forests that offer a great climate and a lot of privacy to the romantic couples. Apart from the ethnic destinations, one must visit the Chembra peak and the love lake there during their honeymoon holidays in Kerala. Malappuram, Kozhikode and the areas have a lot of spectacular mosques, ancient temples and many churches also built by the missionaries who settled here. Most of the temples are many centuries old and have their own mythical stories to tell. The Jain temples of Sulthan Battery where used by Tippu Sultan as his weaponry for a while and hence, the place got the name Sulthan’s Battery which means Sultan’s weaponry!

Kochi – The money market of Kerala

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Kochi belongs to central Kerala which was ruled by the Tripunithura royal family a few centuries back. The once-rich port of Muziris belonged to Kochi and the area is now preserved under the Muziris heritage department. Later, Cochin became the biggest port in South India and many Portuguese, French, Dutch, Japanese and Chinese came here to trade for spices, coconuts, cotton, and handicrafts. Some of them fell in love with the beautiful place which was full of greenery and got settled here itself. They built the churches and synagogues for establishing their society on this land and to pray. Many tourists on Munnar honeymoon packages tend to visit Kochi as a part of their tour program since Kochi is the nearest airport to Munnar and the way from Kochi to Munnar is really beautiful. While one part of the city is busy adapting to the changing requirements of technology, communication and travel, the suburbs have a totally different story to tell. A day tour of Muziris heritage tour will be an eye-opener to many things about this part of Kerala, you have never known. The Fort Kochi & Mattancherry tour will keep you busy for a day with visits to the churches, museums and palaces and on another day you can visit the Tripunithura Hill Palace Museum and the heritage clubs of Tripunithura. This part of the city can make you feel completely in a village with the narrow roads, small shops and a lot of greenery. The royal family members are still staying in some of the heritage houses here and most of the people are artistically inclined. It is believed that at least one member of every family that belongs to Tripunithura will be an artist – in music, painting or dance!

Trivandrum – The evergreen capital city

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Though Trivandrum is now more visited during the honeymoon packages for Kerala it has always been the capital of this land of coconuts. Travancore, as it was known earlier, was the capital of Kerala before Trivandrum was formed. Travancore was the collective name for the entire Kerala state for a long time till the states were formed after independence. Trivandrum has many museums and palaces to visit while you are there on your holidays. The Napier museum complex is a great place to hangout. You can visit the Raja Ravi Varma art gallery nearby and also the zoo which is a popular destination for the children. The Sri Padmanabha swami temple is believed to be at least 1000 years old and the sculptures and the architecture are simply amazing. The temple has a lot of mysterious stories attached to it including many hidden treasures and secret tunnels. The Kuthiramalika nearby the temple is a popular museum now. It used to be a palace with a lot of Horse motifs that gave it the name Horse Mansion or Kuthira Malika. Some parts of the palace are still kept private though most of the royal artefacts are showcased here. The Padmanabhapuram palace, though now located in Tamil Nadu is very much owned by the Kerala government and is another beautiful structure to see. The palace has been featured in many movies and documentaries and the architecture is completely amazing. Built in the traditional Kerala style of Nalukettu with a central open courtyard, the interiors are pretty cool even without any fans or artificial coolers. The natural stones and ingredients used for flooring and the ancient Kerala architecture that allows free passage of air through the palace along with the intricate wooden furniture, pillars and ceilings make the palace one of the most sought after places for the tourists. It depicts the true Kerala architecture and craftsmanship which is still intact even after a couple of centuries of being exposed to the elements of nature.

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There are many temples, churches, mosques, and palaces in the state that showcase the true culture and traditions of Kerala. Some of them also have been altered to overcome the age and accommodate the increasing population that visits them every year. Trissur has some very old temples that strictly follow the age-old traditions and rituals. Kottayam also has many Siva temples even though the place is supposedly dominated by Christians. The true beauty of Kerala lies in the fact that even though it was a Hindu-dominated society many centuries back, it has welcomed and accommodated every other religion known that include Jainism, Buddhism, and Jews other than the Christians and Muslims who came and settled here. The very first mosque was established in Kodungalloor and it has been renovated a couple of times to accommodate the increasing number of believers. Similarly many churches and temples that were established centuries ago have also undergone renovations to withstand the elements of time and nature. When you plan your Kerala tourism honeymoon packages, do not miss the chance for a rendezvous with the cultural and ethnic destinations of Kerala which can add a lot of charm to your beautiful and romantic holidays. You can also visit the ancient temples, churches and mosques here as per your belief and refresh your souls to begin a new journey of life. Sometimes you may come to know quite interesting facts and see some amazing places in Kerala which you never knew before. Not to miss at all are the flavourful cuisine, live performances of Kathakali, Mohiniyattom, and Kalarippayattu and getting dressed in the traditional attire of Kerala which is very simple and comfortable to wear. You can also try riding an elephant and the wooden snake-boat if you are adventurous enough as the snake-boats do not come with lifeguards!