Thursday, October 22, 2015

Paradise On Earth – A Visit To Kerala (South India)

Image Source:Kerala Tourism

Kerala, a state in South India along the Malabar coast, which is also known as “God’s Own Country” is a beautiful place to step in amidst the nature beauty that your heart will admire. The same has been with me when I stepped into this majestic place, my heart skipped a beat and my head bows in reverence to the Almighty for one of his wonderful creations. Really, it’s a paradise on earth. The landscape is amazing, nature has bestowed its positive vibes  gifting the place with nature’s pride, the place been more famous for backwaters, beaches, lagoons, natural beauty, heavy vegetation, forests, Ayurveda spa & health resorts.

Greenery in abundance and the place has also its nickname, the Spice Garden Of India & The Land of Coconut Trees; the beaches are lined by dense groves of coconut trees.

The beauty of this place has charmed me so much that every year I descend on this heaven of earth along with my family to enjoy the nature in my holidays and true, it beats my stress and     the Ayurveda therapy rejuvenates my soul.

I request my readers to plan a holiday to this, “God’s Own Country” for once and enjoy the majestic creations in the lap of nature.

Modes Of Travel:
By Air: Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala & Cochin is well connected with International & national airports & Calicut has international services.  So you can fly to the destination.

By Roads & Railways:  All the major cities & towns are well connected with roads & railway services from all corners of India.


Peak Season For Tourists: 
If I am asked, I am ever ready to visit this place. The best time to visit Kerala is from September to March, after the Indian Monsoons and before the advent of Summers.



Venice Of The East: Alappuzha 
  
The backwaters of Alappuzha are the major attraction of this place & the houseboat cruise is awesome... These days many hotels & resorts  are the owner of houseboat cruises and comes up with varied offers for as little as a day time or you can stretch for days and weeks depending on one’s choice.   











Land Rich In Natural Habitats: Districts of  Idduki

This district is famous for mountains, valleys, streams, hill stations, lakes, sanctuaries, tracking trails and has a high ratio of the tribal populace, having their weird customs & beliefs.

Munnar: is a hill station and famous for tea plantations and you can enjoy the bliss of trekking and there are renowned wildlife sanctuaries, namely, Idduki Wildlife Sanctuary, The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, & Chinmar Wildlife Sanctuary and Nyayamakad renowned for breathtaking waterfalls.



Thiruvananthapuram 
It is the capital city of Kerala with a long shoreline, internationally renowned beaches, rich in cultural heritage and famous for historic monuments. The whole South India is famous for historical monuments with breathtaking architecture. The architecture is so exquisite which speaks volumes of the Indian craftsmanship, each structure is unique in its design.



Ayurveda Spa & Health Resorts:
The origination of Ayurveda goes back to this land of Kerala somewhere around 5,000 years ago, the oldest healthcare system in the world, the science of life and longevity and it thrives on the medicines procured by the natural vegetation. There are different types of spa’s and health resorts which practices on the traditional system and helps in warding off diseases and mental and spiritual health of an individual through its holistic approach. There are varied programs and packages as per the client’s requirements.

Even if you don’t suffer from any specific ailments, you can avail the natural cleansing of the body which is indeed a stress buster.

The rate of literacy is very high in Kerala, but the inhabitants of this land  follow the truly traditional way of Indian life. 

Weird Custom of the Land:

Garudan Thookam: Hanging By the Hooks

On seeing this ritual, you will get weird feelings.
This ritual art form is performed in Kali temples of Kerala, which is fascinating and hair-raising... Dancers dress up as Garuda, the vehicle of Lord Vishnu who quenched the goddess Kali's thirst with blood after slaying Darika the demon. After the dance performance, they  hang like eagles (Garudan Thookam) from a shaft, by hooking the flesh on the backs! These hanging 'Garudas' are taken around the city in a colorful procession. This ritual is carried out on Makara Bharani Day and Kumbha Bharani Day. (Inputs from online web)







Overall experience on this land is awesome, so whenever you need a break from hustle and bustle of city life, do book your tickets to visit this place and you are sure to be spellbound by the scenic beauty of nature copulated with Ayurveda health resorts which will add few more years to your life.

Do share your experiences with me. I am sure to hear from you all of this wonderland and you will thank me profusely.


Information Gathered n Reported By Ila Varma.

(Information validated by facts by online web data and image sources Google from Kerala Tourism)

4 comments:

  1. Nice article and well captured pictures!!. I was enjoying the whole pictures till the last.. What to say about Garudan Thookkam!!!!

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    1. Thanks a lot Seena. There are many weird rituals associated with different places. It was a bit weird so I liked to share with all.

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  2. Lovely post! Beautiful pictures of a beautiful place.

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