Kerala, popularly known as Godâ€™s Own Country is state in Southern India. A region with beautiful landscapes, captivating beaches and backwaters and scenic hill stations, Kerala is one of the most famous and popular tourist destinations in India. Kerala has almost everything a tourist can ask for. The state dotted with lush greenery is well known for its relaxing backwaters, wildlife sanctuaries, numerous famous temples and places of worship, hill stations and beaches. The region is also rich in history and has a rich cultural heritage. Kerala is an interesting mix of a modern fast developing state with a rich history sitting in a beautiful natural landscape.
Kerala was a major trade hub in the ancient times and a major spice exporter. Since the medieval period the region was ruled by various dynasties including the Chera Kingdom, Kulasekhara dynasty and Cholas. During this period the region also came under constant threat from the Portuguese, Dutch and the British before the region came under the British control in the late 18th century.
Being a famous tourist destination, Kerala is well connected to other cities in India and abroad. The state has three international airports, at Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode. These cities are the most common gateways to Kerala. Most cities in Kerala are also well connected by railway and have regular train services to most other cities in India. The cities are also linked by a god road network to other cities in the state and neighboring states and travelling by bus from places such Bangalore and Mysore is also a popular option.
Kerala is a top tourist destination in India and features many famous attractions. Thiruvananthapuram, the state capital and the surrounding areas such as Kovalam are a popular destination. The historical city is home to several famous temples and the scenic Kovalam beach. It is also popular destination for Ayurveda tourism. Kochi is another popular destination with its historical monuments and famous beaches. Alleppey is one of the most popular backwaters destination and also popular for houseboat cruising.
Besides beaches and backwaters, Kerala is also home to popular hill station such as Munnar, which is famous for its tea gardens. Wayanad is another popular attraction especially among the wildlife enthusiast. Periyar National Park in Thekkady is another popular wildlife destination. The Elephant safari is the national park is a popular pastime.
North Kerala boosts of several places of historical significance and wildlife. Palakkad, Nagarhole National Park, Silent Valley National Park, Bekal Fort are among the popular attractions in the region.
Due to its long coastline, the state boosts of several scenic and well-known beaches. Some of the most visited ones are Kollam beach, Kovalam beach, Kozhikode beach, Cherai beach and Alappuzha beach. Golden sands and old lighthouses add a unique dimension to these famous beaches.
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