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Lonely Planet has picked Kerala as one of the world’s ten best destinations for holidays with family in 2014. Kerala received the Lonely Planet award for the ‘best family destination’ during the World Travel Mart (WTM) London recently, which is a leading travel trade event attended by industry representatives from all over the world. Mr. S Harikishore, Director, Kerala Tourism, who led the State delegation to WTM London, received the award.
Kerala joins New York, Denmark, Prague, Iceland, Italy, Hawaii, Belize, Thailand and Lapland in the category of destinations for family holidays. Kerala was also identified by Lonely Planet as a child-friendly destination. Lonely Planet reckons that the intensity of travel in India could put one off. But Kerala turns out as a family-friendly version. It is more laid-back than other regions and greener. Moreover, there are lots of national parks for elephant spotting, palm-fringed beaches and boat trips along the lush canals of the backwaters, it observes.
“WTM London presented us with a significant opportunity to target higher growth figures for Kerala Tourism with regard to foreign tourist arrivals in the coming years. Encouragingly, there are signs of recovery too in the rest of Europe after a severe debt crisis. We are also very honoured to have received such a prestigious award from Lonely Planet and being named among the best destinations for family travel,” said Mr. Harikishore, Director, Kerala Tourism.
The Kerala delegation included 12 co-exhibitors representing the hospitality industry from the State. They were Abad Hotels & Resorts, Carnoustie Beach Resort and Ayurveda Spa, Intersight Tours & Travels, Jayasree Travels and Tours, Joy’s Resorts & Hotels, KTDC Hotels & Resorts, Kumarakom Lake Resort, Lake Palace Resort, Spiceland Holidays, Uday Samudra Leisure Beach Hotel & Spa, Vythiri Resort and Vaidyaratnam Oushadhasala.
Several key members of the world’s travel trade industry visited the Kerala pavilion at WTM London, which showcased the State as the ‘Home of Ayurveda’. The pavilion received thousands of visitors during the four-day event. As many as 5000 exhibitors attended this year’s WTM, representing 184 countries and regions. The United Kingdom is the most important market for Kerala, recording nearly 0.15 million tourist arrivals in the State last year.
Mr. Jonty Rhodes, former South African cricketer and brand ambassador for his country’s tourism visited the Kerala pavilion at WTM.
‘Your Moment is Waiting’ wins 3 PATA Gold awards, Kumarakom claims Grand award’
Thiruvananthapuram, February 4: Kerala Tourism walked away with four of the top honours at the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Awards 2011 for outstanding achievement in tourism announced in Bangkok on Thursday. Kerala Tourism’s new global campaign film ‘Your Moment is Waiting’ bagged an unprecedented three PATA Gold awards.
Kerala, which is the only Indian state to figure in the PATA awards this year, also picked up one of the four PATA Grand awards in the environment category for its ‘responsible tourism’ efforts in Kumarakom. PATA has announced four Grand and 22 Gold awards this time and Kerala is the only winner from India among the four prestigious PATA Grand awards. Kerala Tourism won three Gold awards making it the largest haul ever by a state government in the history of PATA awards. Prominent Kerala resort chain CGH Earth won the PATA Gold award in the Corporate Environmental Programme category for best eco-friendly practices, taking the awards tally for Kerala to five.
Expressing satisfaction, Kerala Tourism Minister Sri. Kodiyeri Balakrishnan remarked, “The Grand award puts an even greater responsibility on us to ensure that the achievements of Responsible Tourism in Kumarakom are sustained and taken to the next level to create a replicable model in tourism practices. The three awards for ‘Your Moment is Waiting’ signify the creative edge, which our marketing campaigns have been acclaimed for. But this is the first time that Kerala has won four international awards of significance. We are very proud of it.”
Kerala Tourism’s film ‘Your Moment is Waiting’ won three PATA Gold awards in Marketing-Secondary Government Destination, Marketing Media-Travel Advertisement Broadcast Media and Marketing Media-Public Relations.
Kerala Tourism Secretary Dr Venu V said, “This is an unprecedented honour. It is a recognition of the hard work put in by the Kerala Tourism, its department, its associates and its agencies in managing the Kerala brand and devising an innovative marketing strategy.”
Kerala Tourism Director M Sivasankar said, “It is a remarkable achievement for Kerala and its tourism industry. Kerala Tourism has won several awards in the past, but it is the first time the department has swept the awards at an international level.”
Kerala Tourism’s ‘responsible tourism’ initiative in Kumarakom and the film ‘Your Moment is Waiting’ came for much praise from the jury for its high quality and standards. Launched in September 2008, the ‘responsible tourism’ programme of Kerala was the first such initiative by a tourism board in the country. Under the project, ordinary people of Kumarakom worked with industry representatives like hotels and resorts, tour operators, travel agents, home-stay operators and souvenir shop owners, NGOs and government agencies to protect the environment in the high-profile destination. Some of the steps taken under the initiative were declaring Kumarakom a‘plastic-free zone’, organic farming, promotion of bicycle as a mode of transport, efforts to transform Kumarakom into a ‘waste-free area’ and green practices in hotels and resorts.
The three-minute film, ‘Your Moment is Waiting’, which had its world premiere at the Saatchi Gallery in London in September last year, was feted both by the media and the tourism industry for its subtle and surreal representation of the ethereal beauty of Kerala. The world premiere was attended by a galaxy of celebrities, including Ivory Coast football captain and Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, former England striker Gary Linekar, current Olympic 400 metres women’s champion Christine Ohuruogu, British actor Bill Nighy and Indian-born British business tycoon Swaraj Paul. Directed by Prakash Varma of Vadafone Zoo-Zoo fame, ‘Your Moment is Waiting’ was conceived by Stark Communications Pvt Ltd., which manages the international marketing and promotion of Kerala Tourism. The public relations of the film’s world premiere in London were handled by the Delhi-based media consultancy MD Niche. The London premiere of the film was also conceived and executed by Stark Communications Pvt Ltd.
Last week, Kerala had won the ‘Favourite Indian State’ award at the Outlook Traveller tourism awards 2010 besides the CNBC Awaaz Awards for the ‘most preferred destination’ and ‘best tourism board’ in September last year.
There were 223 entries from 102 organizations and individuals from the Asia Pacific region this year for the PATA awards. Kerala Tourism’s four awards are the maximum that any entity has got from 26 awards at stake.
Sponsored by the Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO), the awards will be presented in Beijing on April 11 to coincide with PATA’s 60th anniversary celebrations. More than 500 travel industry executives from worldwide are expected to attend the awards ceremony.
“The year 2011 sees 26 PATA Grand and Gold Awards presented, with multiple awards going to Kerala Tourism as well as the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, and Tourism Australia,” said the award announcement in Bangkok.
Said Joao Manuel Costa Antunes, director, MGTO: “Our heartfelt congratulations to all the winners on receiving the Grand and Gold Awards. The winning entries this year have established another benchmark of excellence, innovation and advancement in the responsible development of travel and tourism.”
Kerala Tourism’s commercial ‘Highway’ picked up the prestigious Das Golden Stadttor (Golden City Gate), the Oscar of the travel industry, at ITB Berlin, the world’s largest travel and tourism fair.
4 September 2007
Mumbai: India ranks No.1 in top travel destination in the world according to this year’s readers’ travel awards announced by luxury travel magazine Condé Nast Traveller UK, up from the fourth position last year.
In the global luxury travel trade circles, the Condé Nast Traveller awards are considered the equivalent of the Oscars of the travel industry.
Among advertising campaigns for the top tourism destinations, the ministry of tourism’s Incredible India series, walked away with best awards.
“India was the 10th most preferred destination in 2004, the 4th in 2006 and is now at the top in 2007 and that is where we want to be,” says Ambika Soni, minister, tourism and culture. “We are proud and privileged to be the recipients of this prestigious award.”
The others in the Top 5 winning countries are Italy, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand.
According to Leena Nandan, joint secretary, ministry of tourism, India, “India has a richness and diversity that is unmatched the world over and we are happy that Condé Nast Traveller, UK, has recognized it and given us the award for the most favoured destination.”
The influx of British tourisms to India is growing and the respondents to this survey are some of the most sophisticated and avid travelers across the world.
“India’s fantastic success in the UK, especially among the top end of the market, is due to a combination of factors: full marks to the sustained efforts of the ministry of tourism and its Incredible India advertising campaign,” says Marzban Patel, chairman and managing director, Mediascope Publicitas. “Similar ad campaigns from other state tourism boards and hospitality majors have helped the momentum and finally credit must go to Condé Nast Traveller, UK whose breathtaking features on India combined with award winning photography has continuously mesmerised its affluent and trend setting readership. As their India representative, I have worked closely with all the above constituents over the last decade and this recognition gives me enormous joy and satisfaction.”
The survey was based on the preferences of Condé Nast Traveller readers which were analysed by independent market-research company, Market Management. The nominations were judged on a range of criteria particular to each category, from “range of accommodation” to “environmental friendliness”.
Kate Slesinger, publisher, Condé Nast Traveller UK, adds, “No-one could be more thrilled than I to see India at the top of the 2007 list of our readers’ favourite destinations. This year, Condé Nast Traveller celebrates its tenth anniversary, and how far India has traveled up the scale in the past ten years! The success of your country among the UK’s most influential travelers is down to the fact that the product now matches the dream created so artfully by advertising and PR. It is no longer the preserve of die-hard backpackers and gap-year students: the reality of India in 2007 is that it represents a kaleidoscope of experiences to be enjoyed in the utmost comfort and luxury. I applaud the efforts of everyone involved in bringing India to the coveted position number one.”
One of the three finalists at the WTTC (World Tourism Travel Council) ‘Tourism for Tomorrow’ awards in the destination category, 2006
• Das Golden Stadttor award for the Print campaign, 2007
• Das Golden Stadttor Award for Best Commercial, 2006
Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)
• Grand award for Environment, 2006
• Gold award for Ecotourism, 2006
• Gold award for Publication, 2006
• Gold Award for E-Newsletter, 2005
• Honorable Mention for Culture, 2005
• Gold Award for Culture, 2004
• Gold Award for Ecotourism, 2004
• Gold Award for CD-ROM, 2004 and 2003
• Gold Award for Marketing, 2003
• Grand Award for Heritage, 2002
Pacific Asia Travel Writers Association (PATWA)
• International Award for Leisure Tourism, 2000-2001
Government of India
• Most Innovative Use of Information Technology, 2005-06
• Best Performing Tourism State, 2005
• Best Maintained Tourist-friendly Monument, 2005
• Best Publishing, 2005
• Best Marketed and Promoted State, 2004.
• Best Maintained Tourist-friendly Monument, 2004
• Best Innovative Tourism Project, 2004
• Best Promotion Literature, 2004
• Best Publishing, 2004
• Best Performing State for 2003, 2001, 2000 and 1999 – Award for Excellence in Tourism. (For rapid growth, development and advancement in the tourism sector)
• Best Practices by a State Government, 2003
• Best Eco-tourism Product, 2003
• Best Wildlife Sanctuary, 2003
• Most Innovative Use of Information Technology, 2002-03
• Most Tourist-friendly International Airport, 2002
• Most Eco-friendly Destination, 2002
• Best Tourism Film, 2001
• Most Innovative Use of Information Technology, 2000-01
Outlook Traveller – TAAI
• Best State that promoted Travel & Tourism, 2000-2001
Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)
• Award for Best Marketing, 2003
• Award for Best Use of IT in Tourism, 2003
Galileo – Express Travel & Tourism
• Award for the Best State Tourism Board, 2006
• Award for the Best State Tourism Board, 2005
• Award for the Best State Tourism Board, 2003
12 January 2007
Tourism Australia will open a new office in India in 2007, most likely in Mumbai, to take advantage of increasing tourism opportunities in this rapidly growing market.
Tourism Australia’s regional manager for South, South East Asia and Gulf, Maggie White, said the office opening follows strong tourism marketing activity and trade representation already taking place in the market. A dedicated office will ensure that continuing marketing efforts will capture a larger segment of Indian consumers.
In 2005-06 visitors to Australia from India grew by 33 per cent to 78,900 compared with 2004-05. The Indian market is expected to reach 550,000 tourists by 2025, with a value of more $2 billion.
Maggie White welcomed the whole-of-government response to the National Tourism Emerging Markets Strategy: China and India, released today by Tourism Minister Fran Bailey, which included the commitment to open a new Tourism Australia office in India.
A range of innovative marketing programs and PR activities in India led by Tourism Australia will help capture key segments of the market.
“The new office will allow Tourism Australia to build on existing marketing and PR activities, and will support the roll out of the ‘So Where the Bloody Hell Are You?’ campaign, which launched on Indian TV this week,” said Ms White.
“Currently, we are also targeting the growing honeymoon market using Shaadi.com, India’s most successful matrimonial service. The month long campaign is using banners, newsletters and a interactive micro site to showcase Australia as an ideal honeymoon destination to over seven million registered members.
“Through our Aussie Specialist program, 487 registered Aussie Specialist agents from 135 travel agencies are selling Australian holidays to Indian consumers with their detailed knowledge of Australia and the fabulous experiences we have to offer. The program also provides a vehicle for Australian industry to access the retail network.
“The support from the Australian and Indian tourism industries for continued development of the Indian market has been stronger than ever. In September 2006 we saw the largest ever Indian Travel Mission with 48 Australian sellers and 114 Indian travel buyers taking part.
As India grows and opens up economically, more companies are finding incentive trips are a good way to reward and educate staff. Australia is high on the incentive list, being seen as an ideal and rewarding destination.
“Opening a dedicated Tourism Australia office in India will assist us in promoting Australia as a great place to visit for work or play to a wider Indian audience”, concluded Maggie White.
28 May 2007
Mumbai: The government has identified five ports for developing as cruise tourism hubs with a view to encouraging high-end tourism in the country.
The ports identified for the purpose are Mumbai, Mormugao, New Mangalore and Kochi on the west coast, and Tuticorin on the east coast, official sources said.
The ministry will also extend assistance for procurement of cruise vessels or boats for promotion of this new tourism initiative, the official said.
The decision to develop these ports as world class tourist hubs close on the heels of the government setting up of high-powered steering committee with members from ministry of tourism and ministry of shipping on the board for formulating the cruise tourism policy of the country.
The committee in turn formed another “working group” to identify the ports.
“The ministry of tourism has ready to extend financial assistance for tourism infrastructure, development of specified tourism projects, including projects related to coastal monuments and tourist spots of different states and the UTs,” a senior official in the ministry of tourism said.
10 September 2007
Thiruvananthapuram: State government-owned Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) has plans to launch a budget hotel brand.
The company’s budget brand, Tamarind Easy Hotels, aim to provide guests with modern facilities at affordable rates, according to company officials. The creation of a distinct budget hotel brand is part of the company’s efforts to improve its offering.
The chain will initially comprise eight budget properties operated by KTDC under the ‘Yatri Nivas’ name, which will be upgraded and brought under the umbrella of the new brand. These include properties at Kannur, Thrissur, Mannarkad, Guruvayur, Alappuzha, Changanacherry and Kollam.
Additionally, the company is looking at setting up seven new properties under the budget hotel brand in other locations across Kerala
28 March 2007
New Delhi: According to a travel industry report, online travel agencies are all set to triple their market share even as traditional brick and mortar establishments are projected to see their share of the tourism market decline dramatically from 32 per cent in 2005 to a mere 10 per cent in 2008.
The report by Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) says India’s fragmented travel supply market and sophisticated online retail and shopping experience is pushing out travel consultants to help travellers plan their trips.
According to reports, the online travel market in India is set to see its value rise manifold over the next two years, due to two major developments — the rise of low-cost budget airlines and the emerging middle class.
According to estimates, the online travel market, which was an estimated $295 million in 2005 is projected to grow to $2 billion by 2008.
The domestic travel market has also been boosted by growing investments in tourism infrastructure, growth of banking infrastructure facilitating online payments, and the success of Indian Railways’ online booking.
Boosted by the growing trend towards independent travel, the online booking will increase from just two per cent in 2005 to more then 10 per cent in 2008, it says.
14 August 2007
Mumbai: Israel will tap the Cochini-Indian tradition to promote tourism in southern Negev, where a ‘moshav’ (collective agricultural settlement) has been allocated one million shekels for the purpose.
“We all recognise the contribution of the Cochini community in making the desert bloom. The move to turn Nevatim (Cochini agricultural settlement in south Israel) into a tourist attraction was initiated by our Nobel laureate President Shimon Peres himself,” a representative of the Keren Kayemet foundation said.
Peres served as the minister for developing the Negev and the northern bordering areas during his vice premiership, before being elected President, and was closely connected to the Cochini community in Nevatim.
He also participated in a special event two years ago in the agricultural settlement to celebrate 50 years of immigration of Cochini Jews to Israel, praising their contribution in the development of the Negev desert. Members of the Cochini community said efforts are underway to turn the settlement into a replica of their place of origin in Kerala.
The ancient land founded by the legendary mythological figure Rishi Parashuram, blessed with emerald backwaters and gold and silver beaches is Kerala- God’s own country. With the Arabian Sea on the west and the Western Ghats on its east, Kerala is a treasure trove of indigenous cultural practices and art forms that have mesmerized people all over the world.
Be it the age old Kathakali or the newly rediscovered Mohiniattyam or the knowledge ofAyurveda . Basking in the generosity of the sun and rain the climate of Kerala supports a lush vegetation and a wide array of wildlife unlike anywhere else in the country. This miraculously unspoiled serene wilderness is all nature lovers’ paradise and rapidly gaining momentum as a popular tourist hub in and around the country.
Traveling to Kerala is always a rewarding and unique experience. But traveling to Kerala can top the chart of your holiday experiences if you keep a few things in mind. Here is some of the travel tips that will help you make the most of your trip to Kerala.
Travel Tips for Kerala :
Travel Formalities –
A Visa is a must to enter India. You can contact the Indian Embassy / High Commission in your country for the same. It is best to carry your passport on you all the time. You may also carry a travel insurance
Carry your camera and Binoculars – The beautiful places you share with your family or partner at Kerala needs to be frozen in time. Your camera is therefore a must. Binoculars are most important if you are planning to hit the wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala.
Carry tanning cream and sun guard lotions – The beaches in Kerala are marvelous getaways for tourists. But the bright omnipresent sun is ready to give you a perfect tan. Use the sun as you prefer. Get a tan, or get away from it.
Try out authentic Kerala Cuisine – The spices of Kerala make a lip smacking table. Do not miss it.
Sail out on a local Fishing Boat – If you want the rustic experience, abandon the resort yacht and sail hire a local fisherman to take you out o the seas.
Coconut Water – The coconuts in Kerala are mind blowing. The sweetness of their water puts sugar syrup to shame. Remember that.
Clothes – wear soft cotton clothing on the beaches. For the hill stations carry light warm clothing as the nights can get chilly. Winters bring cold nights on the Western Ghats.
Houseboats – the best way to explore the Backwaters is on a houseboat.
Onam – the harvest festival in Kerala is celebrated during August-September. The famous boat races take place on the 5 th day of Onam usually in the first week of September. Those interested to witness the races are advised to visit during his time.
Shopping – in Kerala you can shop for coir articles since that is a prominent industry in Kerala. Trinkets made of wood, sandalwood, buffalo horn make perfect souvenirs for your loved ones back home. If you are an ayurveda therapy buff you can buy medicines and massage oils from kerala.
KERALA AT A GLANCE
Location : Southwestern tip of India.
Area : 38, 863 sq km.
Population : 3,18,38,619
Capital : Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Language : Malayalam;English is widely spoken.
Religion : Hinduism, Christianity, Islam
Time : GMT +5:30
Currency : Indian Rupee
Climate : Tropical.
Summer : February – May (24 – 330C)
Monsoon : June – September (22 – 280C)
Winter : October – January (22 – 320C)
Names of Districts
Major Cities : Thiruvananthapuram,Kochi (Ernakulam district)and Kozhikode.
Taluks : 61
Revenue Villages : 1452
City Corporations : 5
Grama Panchayat : 991
Block Panchayat : 152
District Panchayat : 14
Population : 318.39 lakhs as per the latest 2001 Census
Density of Population : 819 per sq kms
Kerala’s Share in the National Population : 3.1 per cent
District Average : 22.74 lakhs (2.274 millions)
Sex Ratio : 1058 women for 1000 men
Literacy Rate : 90.92 per cent.
Male Literacy Rate : 94.20 per cent
Female Literacy Rate ; 87.86 per cent
Lower Primary Schools (First – Fourth classes) : 6712
Upper Primary Schools (Fifth – Seventh classes) : 2951
Air: There are three international airports in the state. They are at Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode and Nedumbassery (Kochi) and operate international flights and domestic flights.
Road and Rail : The state is well connected by rail and road.
Seaports : Major : Kochi
Minor : Beypore (Kozhikode), Alappuzha, Kollam.
Major Beaches : Kovalam, Varkala, Fort Kochi, Kappad and Bekal.
Major Wild Life Sanctuaries : Thekkady (Periyar), Parambikkulam, Wayanad, Silent Valley, Aralm, Peechi-Vazhani, Chimani, Shenduruny, Idukki, Chinnar, Peppara, Neyyar.
Bird Sanctuary : Thattekad, Kumarakom.
Major Hill Stations : Ponmudi, Peerumade, Thekkady, Munnar and Wayanad.
Farm / Cash Crops : Rubber, Coffee, Tea, Spices, Pepper, Cashew, Coconut, Arecanut and rice.
Exports : Marine, Coir, Handicrafts, Spices, Food and other Products.
Major Industries : Tourism, Information Technology, Fertilizer, Oil Refining and Power Generation, Ship Building, Machine Tools, Electronics, Cables, Rubber.
Surrounded by the azure waters of the sea and shaded by the leafy coconut trees that surround the entirety of the province of Kerala, a trip to Kerala is the best recipe possible if you are aiming for a dream vacation. Located on the south eastern corner of India, Kerala is the epitome a climate that is tropical with a vengeance. The climate of Kerala changes to some extent with the season and thus, it is essential to know the weather of Kerala while choosing the best time to visit Kerala.
Located near the Tropic of Cancer, most of Kerala has a hot and humid climate with a more than average rainfall as compared to other provinces of India. The weather of Kerala can be divided into 4 seasons, which are winter, summer, south west monsoon and north east monsoon. The summer season in Kerala stretches from the months of February and continues up to May. 25 also accompanied by lightning and heavy rainfall.
Summer in Kerala is followed by the South West Monsoon, which lasts from the end of May to September and is characterized by extremely heavy rainfall which brings a welcome relief from the oppressive heat of the summers. October sees the advent of the northeast monsoon which basically signifies the end of the monsoons and is followed by the winter season which arrives in Kerala around the middle of December remaining in the state till around February. Winters are definitely the best time to visit Kerala if you are planning a holiday in Kerala.
Wild Life in Kerala
The Western Ghats on its east and the Malabar Coast on its west, adorned with the emerald backwaters and exotic spice plantations, Kerala is blessed with a riotous variety of flora and fauna. Topped up with indigenous traditional cultural practices and art forms, Kerala is increasingly gaining momentum as a popular tourist destination all over the world. Showered with an eternal sunshine, Kerala- God’s own country is a nature lovers’ paradise. The lush tropical evergreen rain forests still largely miraculously unspoiled in Kerala, support a rich array of land, marine and avian wildlife.
Wildlife Tours to Kerala
The evergreen rain forests of Kerala are home to a large number of large and small sports. Internationally popular among wildlife enthusiasts and photographers much of the forest lands in Kerala have been turned into reserve forests and wildlife sanctuaries for the conservation of the wildlife in these areas. These sanctuaries and national parks are thronged by elephants, tigers, leopards, jaguars, deer, monkeys, Malabar squirrels, hornbills, kingfishers and many more which make them excellent wildlife vacation sites.
Wild Life Destinations in Kerala
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
Located at the Devikulam taluk of the Idukki district, Chinnar received the status of a sanctuary in 1984. Stretching over an area of 90 sq. km Chinnar is home to the endangered Giant Grizzled Squirrel. Owing to its position on the rain shadow slopes of the Western Ghats, Chinnar just about 48 days of rain during the Northeast monsoon in October November.
Eravikulam National Park
Close to Chinnar in the Idukki district, Eravikulam became a national park in 1978. Home to the endangered Nilgiri Tahr , a mountain goat, Eravikulam is spread over 97 sq. km area. Heavy rains fall here during monsoon making the surrounding misty hills a feast for the eyes.
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Located around the Vembanad Lake near the Backwaters, the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a bird watcher’s paradise. Migratory birds from as far as Siberia and also the Himalayas flock here. The Siberian stork, teal, egret, heron and darter are commonly seen.
Periyar National Park
Situated at Thekkady along the Periyar Lake and river, it is one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in India. Boat cruises on the lake provide exciting game watching opportunity making Periyar a must see on the wildlife map of Kerala.
Silent Valley National Park
In the Palakkad district of Kerala, Silent Valley is perhaps the last stretch on genuinely unspoiled rain forest. A prized site for environmental research and conservation, it forms the core area of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. Silent valley made its way to the headlines over the construction of a dam on Kunti River, threatening to disturb the biodiversity of the region. It was declared a national park in 1980.
The south Indian state of Kerala is admired worldwide for its scenic backwaters, beaches and hill stations. Kerala is also famous for its distinctive cuisine, which is uniquely different from the cuisines in other parts of India. The Cuisine of Kerala is mildly flavored and gently cooked, and characterized by the use of coconut. Kerala cuisine encompasses an interesting combination of vegetables, meats and seafood flavored with a variety of spices, and cooked mostly in coconut milk.
The juice of the tender coconut is a favorite drink in every part of Kerala, and it leaves you thoroughly refreshed.
The local cuisine of Kerala is widely favored for being hot and spicy and provides a gastronomical delight for tourists who are willing to experiment. Hence, do make it a point to savor the delectable cuisine of Kerala while on tour to ‘God’s Own Country’.
Kerala being a coastal state, the land is extensively covered with green paddy fields and grows an abundance of spices. Bananas and coconuts are available all through the year and form an integral part of the cuisine of Kerala. The main spices used in the various Kerala dishes include cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, green and red peppers, cloves, garlic, cumin seeds, coriander, turmeric, etc.
The mixed population of Kerala lends a unique character to the cuisines in the different parts of the state. Hindus in Kerala specialize in the preparation of vegetarian cuisine; while the Muslims and Christians excel in an eclectic array of non-vegetarian food preparations like `pathiri’ and ‘kozhi curry’ (chicken), ‘biriyani’ and fish recipes. Some popular vegetarian items of the cuisine of Kerala are ‘rasam’, ‘olan’, ‘kalan’, ‘pachadi’, ‘kichadi’, ‘avial’, ‘thoran’, etc.
Rice is the staple diet of the people of Kerala. A typical Kerala breakfast may comprise specialties made from ground rice and pulses that have been steamed or fried in various ways. A popular breakfast item is “Puttu” – a dish of steamed rice powder garnished with coconut and eaten generally with stew, curry, or bananas. Some popular South Indian specialties like ‘dosas’, ‘idlis’, ‘sambhar’ and ‘uttapam’ also form part of the breakfast cuisine of Kerala.
The main course for lunch and dinner in Kerala may consist of rice, ‘dal’ – a gravy made of pulses, various seasonal vegetables cooked with coconut and flavored with spices, a seafood curry, and a sweet a desert such as “payasam”, to end the meal. ‘Payasam’ is cooked with milk, coconut extract, sugar, cashews, dry grapes, etc.
Kerala cuisine is also famous for its traditional ‘sadhyas’ – a vegetarian meal comprising of boiled rice and a number of side-dishes. The cuisine also boasts of a variety of pickles and chutneys, and crunchy ‘pappadums’, banana chips, jackfruit chips, etc.
Seafood is very popular in Kerala and is served with almost every meal. Mussels are an all time favorite in seafood cuisine of Kerala. Other sea animals consumed include sardines, mackerel, tuna, rays and shark, crabs, and oysters.
The northern parts of Kerala specialize in Malabar Cuisine and the most famous dish of this region is the ‘Malabar Biryanis’ – a rich rice preparation, cooked with meat, onions, chilies and other spices.
The Syrian Christians, who live in large numbers in districts like Kottayam and Pala, excel in a unique style of cooking.