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Kerala Vacation Ideas

With the Arabian Sea in the west, the Western Ghats towering 500-2700 m in the  east and networked by forty four rivers, Kerala enjoys unique geographical  features that have made it one of the most sought after tourist destinations  in Asia. An equable climate. A long shoreline with serene beaches. Tranquil  streches of emerald backwaters. Lush hill stations and exotic wildlife. Waterfalls.  Sprawling plantations and paddy fields. Ayurvedic health holidays. Enchanting  art forms. Magical festivals. Historic  and cultural monuments. An exotic cuisine…  All of which offer you a unique experience. And what’s more, every one of these  charming destinations is only a two hour drive from the other. A singular advantage  no other destination offers. Kerala, India’s most advanced society : A hundred  percent literate people. World-class health care systems. India’s lowest infant  mortality and highest life expectancy rates. The highest physical quality of  life in India. Peaceful and pristine, Kerala is also India’s cleanest State.  For administrative purpose, the state of Kerala is divided into fourteen districts.  Most of these districts offer all the tourism products typical of the State.  It’s up to you to decide whether Kerala is the most beautiful state of  India for summer vacations. At least it is the greenest and is a melting pot of cultures, activities  and other interesting sights. It is situated in the south of India with the  Arabian sea along its western coast, that paved the way for international trade,  and the mountain range of western Ghats on the east with its marvellous (Trivandrum)  in the south. Trivandrum is the state capital although it might not appear  like that at first sight. It still has a rustic ambience. The Napier Museum  has a good overview of the state’s history. From here, you can easily  explore the marvellous beaches of Varkala and Kovalam.

A trip you can’t refuse when you’re in Kerala is leaving the small  town of Kollam by boat and go by means of the backwaters, to the market town  Alappuzha. You’ll have a spectacular view of what life is like in that area.  Kochi, the commercial capital, is a bit more to the north and has, besides  its seaside front, a lot to offer for those interested in history. The old  European church, Chinese fishing nets and the Jewish synagogue are only a few  of the remnant’s of the former days.

Getting Around
On arrival, take a prepaid taxi from the airport to your hotel. You can order    one in the arrival lounge. This avoids haggling and provides a measure of    security. For further short distance travel    packages, use taxis or the local    bus service (very cheap but, as often is the case, buses are generally overcrowded).    Hardly any traveller dares to drive a hired car. This is definitely a smart    decision when you don’t have any driving experience on the local roads (that    sometimes tend to illustrate the survival of the fittest). A few adventurous    types buy a motorbike for the duration of their stay, the legendary Royal    Enfield built in Madras being the favourite one. Trains are convenient for    longer distances and, again, very cheap. There is no need for booking seats    when travelling shorter distances within Kerala. However, it is a must if    you’re planning to travel to the neighbouring states.

Kerala Backwaters
Kerala and backwaters are synonyms to one another. Known by the name of God’s    Own Country, Kerala has always attracted visitors from far away destinations    to relax their mind, body and soul in its magnificent backwater destinations    like Alleppey, Kollam, Kumarakom, Kochi and Trivandrum. Apart from its backwater    destinations, Kerala is world over famous for its Ayurveda Therapy and Yoga Treatment Spas.

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