Kerala is a South Indian State on the Malabar Coast. It is bordered by Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. It is also popularly known as Gods Own Country. Its popularity has grown for its peaceful existence amidst the buzzing cosmopolitan lifestyle. In 2012, it overtook the Taj Mahal to be the number one travel destination in Google's search trends for India.
Tourists come here to explore the bounty of the Southern Indian Peninsula among the palm trees, tea plantations, backwater excursions and mountain hikes. The region inhabits people from diverse backgrounds, various religions coexist peacefully here. Munnar in the mountains, the city of Cochin on the waterfront, and the thread of rivers and channels that form the Kerala Backwaters are some of the most visited destinations. The truncated trees fill the hills in vineyard like patterns in Munnar. People love to hike to catch the Neelakurinji bloom there. One can also go on a spice tour to explore the exotic plantation sites and know the source of their green and black teas. A budding growth in the Ayurvedic sector also makes up for an interesting visit while in Kerala. Other favourite things to do are a stay in houseboat in Alleppey, witness the snake boat race, go on Shikara boat rides in Alepzuha or stay in a tree house. Kerala is known for its ecotourism initiative; hence, a ride to the Periyar wildlife, birds and elephant watching, or a swim in the Arabian Sea is a must among the visitors.
The state is also rich in its architecture. Fort Kochi is an amazing place to visit. It boasts of the influence of Arabs, British, Dutch, Chinese and Portuguese architecture. On a pleasant day, one can also explore the place on foot or on a bicycle.
Churches in Cochin are also a frequent destination among tourists. Moreover, the state is home to the first Jewish migrants. Their history can be mapped here through the various festivals and storytelling traditions that take place frequently. One such festival is Onam which continues for 10 days with the famous Kathakali folk dance.
A majority of the breakfast foods in Kerala are made out of rice, in one form or the other, tapioca preparations, or pulse-based vada. Rice is the dominant and the staple food here. Coastal dishes are also a favourite among them.
The climate here is predominantly humid, so the best and the most comfortable time to visit Kerala is during the months of September to March when the temperatures are not high.