Endless stretches of backwaters and lush greenery complement the rich culture and traditions of Kerala. Located on the Malabar Coast of south-western India, this land of legends appears more organized and prosperous than the rest of the country. India is proud of Kerala that records the highest literacy standard and optimum standard of living among the other states in the country.
The most appealing aspect about tourism in Kerala is an enticing combination of hills, backwaters and pristine beaches. Besides, tourists are more attracted to the legendary stories associated with this “God's own land”. Legend has it, Parsurama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu first created the land when he threw a battle-axe in the waters of the Arabian Sea. A fertile land emerged at the time, which was later established as an Indian state in 1956.
Kerala tourism is a huge success today welcoming travellers from lengths and breadths of the world. A few exciting attractions are Thiruvananthapuram's old city, golden sands at the Kovalam's beaches, hill stations, waterfalls, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, the Keralan backwaters, picturesque landscape, long stretches of palm trees and much more.
Kerala's biggest city, Kochi, which was formerly Cochin, is a huge metropolis divided between the historic district of Fort Cochin and contemporary Ernakulam. Tourists throng the fort's narrow streets spruced up with India's oldest colonial buildings, as they appeared 400 years ago when the streets were the major depot of the country's maritime spice trade.
Another major facet of this beautiful land is its medical tourism that appeals mostly to foreigners. Traditional medicinal systems like Siddha and Ayurveda, having roots to ancient India draw tourists to its magical healing process both physically and mentally. While it is a highly rural state with the majority of population living in villages, Kerala is, indeed, scenically and culturally diverse.