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Information on Kerala

Kerala is an ideal tourist destination, not only because of its backwaters, Ayurvedic treatments and tropical greenery but because of the ease it offers to the travelers.Its profound history, unique geographical locations, planned infrastructure, cultural as well as traditional assets and the lifestyle are quite intriguing. Before you set out on a journey to Kerala, get the basic information on Kerala in order to make your tour more convenient and hassle free. Check below the Kerala info.

Capital of Kerala
Kerala was elevated to statehood by The States Reorganization Act of November 1, 1956. The capital of Kerala is Thiruvananthapuram. It was formerly known as Trivandrum. Besides being the political nerve centre of Kerala, it is renowned as for its major academic institutions. It also shares a place among the 10 greenest cities in India.

Info on Kerala History
Kerala, what we see today is a mosaic of its past grandeur. Powerful dynasties that ruled the region in the ancient times created a strong base which was inherited by the future generations. The ancient Kerala was occupied by different sect of Dravidians which later on also became the house to the Aryan immigrants. The present day lifestyle here reflects the fusion of the Dravidians and the Aryans.

During the colonial era, it was ruled by The Portuguese, The Dutch and The British at various point of time. During the colonial days, major revolt took place that shaped up the revolution of Indian independence in the year 1947.

Kerala Geographical info
Located on the Malabar Coast of south-west India, Kerala is flanked by the Western Ghats on the East and the Arabian Sea on the West. It constitutes 1.18 per cent of the country. This state is blessed with exotic hill stations and at the same time offers sunlit spells at plains which indeed reflect the versatility of the state as a famous tourist destination.

Kerala Information on Climate
The best time to visit the beautiful state is from October to March. The average daily temperatures range from 19.8 °C to 36.7 °C. Till few years back people used to skip the months of June and July due to heavy monsoon but now people come especially during these months to witness this paradise during heavy rainfall.

Languages Spoken
The official language of Kerala is Malayalam. Apart from this, English is widely spoken in most of the regions. Tamil, Tulu, Kannada, Hindi and various Adivasi (Tribal) languages are also spoken by ethnic minorities especially in the south-western region.

The well organized infrastructure of Kerala is well depicted by its transport system. Almost all of Kerala's villages are connected by road. NH 17 connects Edapally (Kochi) to Panavel (near Mumbai) and is the longest stretch of national highway through the state. The Kerala State Transport Project (KSTP) is responsible for maintaining and expanding the state highways system.

Southern Railway line of the Indian Railways runs all over the state, linking all major towns and cities apart from those in the highland districts of Idukki and Wayanad. The two railway divisions in the state are Trivandrum Railway Division and Palakkad Railway Division.

Water ways
An important mode of inland navigation is via backwaters. National Waterway 3 navigates through the state.

Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, and Kozhikode houses the three major international airports of the state. The Trivandrum International Airport is the first International airport in a non-metro city in India.

Art and Culture Info, Kerala
Kerala has given birth to some of the marvelous art forms, particularly folk dances and martial arts. The dance folk forms which have been acclaimed worldwide are Koodiyattom, Kathakali, Kerala Natanam, Mohiniaattam and Padayani.

Kalaripayattu - Kerala’s ancient martial art form with its own medicine system is the most oldest and scientific systems of martial training existing today. The age old Ayurveda has a worldwide influence. Every year, Kerala registers increase in the influx of travelers which travel from distant places to experience this magic called Ayurveda.

Kerala info is incomplete without cuisine information. Food served in the austral Indian states is considered to be one of the healthiest diets. Traditionally cooked in coconut oil the light and delicious food is served on a banana leaf and is eaten by hands. The main food items are rice, coconut and vegetables, apart from fish.

Top Tourist Places
The Kerala tourism have gained worldwide recognition due to the following popular tourist attractions:
*Beaches at Kovalam, Cherai, Varkala, Kappad, Muzhappilangad and Bekal
*The hill stations of Munnar, Wayanada, Wagamon, Peermade, Nelliampathi and Ponmudi
*National parks and wildlife sanctuaries at Periyar, Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary and Eravikulam National Park
*The "backwaters" region at Alleppey, Kollam, Kumarakom, and Punnamada

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