God’s Own Country, Kerala is among the best destinations for tourism in India for any kind of holiday. It is the lands of backwaters, coconuts, elephants and the land of rich traditions and cultures. It is also suggested by Lonely Planet as one of the must visit family destinations to visit.
It is without doubt one of the most attractive locations on earth and that’s why it is known as Gods Own Country. Kerala’s landscapes are almost as varied as its individual and the culture and history of the Keralites is a major factor in attracting the tourists.
Kerala, a land of cultural diversity, is entirely made up of a blending of several communities’ religions, regional cultures, and language variations. The culture of Kerala can be compared to a chain made of different colored beads and the thread through which the beads are strung is the Malayalam language.
The Kerala’s cultural assortment was made by its distinctive geographic features as it lies between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea. Rich in rain forests, its ancient trade relations with foreign lands, agricultural tradition, entry of immigrant’s communities during different periods, cuisine, and its tradition of art. Onam is the national festival of Kerala. Kalaripayattu is the martial art form developed in Kerala.
Spices have always played an essential part of Kerala’s history. The cuisine of Kerala is known for its copious use of these coconut and spices. It has several popular vegetarian also non-vegetarian dishes. Malayalees have a wide range of special dishes from snacks, tiffin varieties, fish and meat preparations, and payasams, most of which are unique to the place. On special occasion, Keralites indulge in striking dishes. On the other hand, they also enjoy simple comfort food like kanji (rice gruel), moru (spiced buttermilk), and kappa (boiled tapioca).
Some of the must try recipes in Kerala are as follows –
- Puttu and kadala curry - This is a breakfast staple. It is steamed rice cake in cylindrical shape, cooled in a mould with grated coconut. It is eaten all over the state and is normally served with kadala curry, ripe bananas, and grated coconut.
- Appam with stew - It is one of Kerala’s traditional delicacies. It is served in plantain leaves and gives it a distinctive flavor.
- Malabar Parotta with Kerala beef curry - It is called Parotta, layered flat bread that originated in the Malabar region. It is made by kneading maida, oil or ghee, egg and water. This dish is served with pieces of beef simmered in a curry.
- Sadhya -This dish is specially made for Onam and other celebrations, and is the king of all the Kerala dishes. When you visit Kerala, try at least once a sadhya to know the essence of Kerala.
- Idiyappam – Egg Curry - The dish is also known as noolappam and is also made out from rice dough. Idiyappams are steamed cooked, so light, and fluffy and is served with hot egg curry.
Some of the items that must be in your list to shop in Kerala include –Tea & Coffee -
Bagging tea & coffee is a vital part of shopping in Kerala. These can be obtained from certified counters or even at local shops of the tea & coffee estates.Spices -
Nothing beats Kerala in variety & quality of spices. These include: black pepper, turmeric, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, the richness, & aroma of these spices is something to die for.Banana Chips and Cashew Nuts
The local name for banana chips is Nenthra-kaya upperi. Banana chips and cashew nuts both are amongst the most famous products available in abundance at local stalls, particularly in and around Fort Kochi.Kasavu Mundu (Sarees, drapes and dresses) -
It is the traditional textile of Kerala, purely handmade cotton cloth with typical zari border. Although these are Malayalee custom dresses, they are now-a-days worn n ceremonies, weddings, and temple visits.
Kerala Point of AttractionsAlleppey Backwaters
The place is popular for the backwaters trips in houseboats and always comes on top among the Kerala’s best destinations for tourism.Muunar
Munnar is the most well-known hill station in South India and the best tourist location in Kerala. It is distinguished by verdant mountain slopes that are covered with about 80,000 miles of green tea farms that overview as of low-flying clouds and misty valleys.Thiruvananthapuram
The place has people from diverse parts of the state living here in religious, social, and cultural harmony. Thiruvananthapuram is the largest and the most populous city in Kerala.Kovalam
Kovalam is the favorite option of several tourists in Kerala. The rocky formation mixes with the calm blue bay to turn the bay into an exclusive aquarelle on moonlit evenings.Thrissur
The original name of Thrissur is ‘Thirusivapperoor’s, the cultural capital of Kerala.Malampuzha
Malampuzha is a beautiful township. The place is famous for its greenery and picturesque view.