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Fondly referred to as "God's own Country"; Kerala with a vast coastline fringed with coconut palm, extensive stretches of biodiverse Western Ghats and cultural vibrancy is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India as well as Asia. Included in the National Geographic Traveller's list of "50 Places of a Lifetime", Kerala with its equitable climate, long shoreline with over 50 serene beaches, extensive tea plantations and spice fields, extensive network of canals and water channels popularly known as Kerala backwaters, diverse wildlife and the ancient art of healing Ayurveda has intoxicated travelers since the time of Greeks who sailed to Malabar Coast in search of riches and pleasure.
The ancient gateway and the most popular still is the coastal district of Kochi (formerly Cochin). The old quarters of this city still reverberate with the colonial charm which brings out the long historical connection of this port city; most popular and iconic sights being Fort Kochi and the Chinese Fishing Nets.
Down south, Trivandrum (now Thiruvanathpuram), serves as the gateway to the coconut palm fringed backwaters of Kerala and the balmy beaches of Varkala and Kovalam renowned as popular destination for Ayurveda and healing.
The verdant green state which is both mentally and spiritually uplifting makes you want to slow down, for Kerala is a place for relaxed holidays. Enjoy the tranquil beaches, live the romance of the extensive network of canals and lagoons that form Kerala Backwaters, behold the sight of mud splashed elephants in the wild, let your taste buds tingle with the eclectic cuisine, dance to the rhythm of festivals and celebrations of the vivid culture because there's no rushing, just romancing when you are holidaying in Kerala.
Unarguably, one of the best features of holiday in Kerala is the backwaters. A mystical ride from the historical Kollam town to the most popular backwater destination Alappuzha in the Kuttanad region aboard the traditional kettuvallam brings out the true essence and romance of Kerala.
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