Kerala is India-Lite. For people looking to visit India without the hassles of big cities and crowded streets Kerala is a gentle introduction! With hundred percent literacy, World-class health care systems, India's lowest infant mortality and highest life expectancy rates, The highest physical quality of life in India, Peaceful and pristine, Kerala is India's cleanest state. Kerala is blessed with a geography that is rich and varied and encompasses many landscapes with mountains, lowlands, forests, backwaters and beaches in a relatively small area. Kerala for all its popularity in the tourism circuit is a laid back state with agriculture being the major occupation.
For such a small geographical area Kerala offers a wide variety of interest for people who come to it’s shores. From time immemorial Kerala has been on the world map with people traveling from far and wide attracted by Kerala’s immense natural wealth! From golden beaches to tropical rainforests, from high mountain peaks to dying art and dance forms, from bustling markets to picturesque backwaters and lagoons, Kerala will captivate you!
Take a look at Kerala’s art forms and festivals at Thrissur, soak in the history of Cochin, look for birds and wildlife in Periyar or Wayanad, rejuvenate with Ayurveda at Palakkad, trek through the tea covered landscapes and mountain ranges around Munnar or relax by the beaches at Kovalam, Marari or the little known but beautiful beaches in Nileshwaram or backwaters at Kumarakom and Alleppey. With some of the more remote destinations like the rainforests of Wayanad and the beaches in Bekal and Kannur opening up in the recent years there are more options to get off the beaten track in Kerala. The Theyyam performance and the traditional dance school Kalamandalam are a treat for people looking for the unusual.
October to March is the ideal time to travel. But there are different experiences to be savoured any time you visit. The monsoon months of June and July, the festive season in April, May and August and the fresh greenery in September will all leave you charmed. Having said that you can rest assured that there is something for everyone all year around!
There are 3 international airports in Kerala, in Cochin, Calicut and Trivandrum. These are well connected to the Middle Eastern countries from where there are connections available to all parts of the world.
A trip to Kerala can easily be combined with tours to the neighbouring states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka getting the best of South India. For more information on tours in these regions either separately or combined with Kerala, see our South India section for details.