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About Kerala

Tucked away at the southwestern tip of India, sandwiched between the rugged mountains of the Western Ghats and the turquoise waters of the Arabian Sea, lies a wisp of paradise called Kerala. Labelled - not inappropriately - as `God's Own Country`.

This enchanting tropical territory fits the mythical notion of Eden and is fast turning into one of the most sought after destinations of the world. The Conde Nast Traveller rightly sums up the region thus: ‘ Kerala fits into the Western notions of Eden: the soil deep red, beaches bone white, vegetation dense green and the sea sparkling blue for much of the year’...


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Kerala Highlights

Read more about the highlights of Kerala in this section. Discover highlight after highlight in this scenic paradise- each one distinctive and delightful, together making the perfect ingredients of a holiday of a lifetime.

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1 Kovalam

Kovalam is a beach town by the Arabian Sea in Thiruvananthapuram city, Kerala, India, located around 16 km from the city center. Kovalam means a grove of coconut trees and true to its name the village offers an endless sight of coconut trees.

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2 Munnar
Once the summer resort of the erstwhile British administration in South India it still retains its colonial charm and is famous for its tea plantations, most of which are privately owned. With its sprawling estates, rolling hills, sparkling waterfalls, picture postcard hamlets and undulating valleys, Munnar is an ideal get-away destination.
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3 Trivandrum

Located on the west coast and near the extreme south of the state, Thiruvananthapuram, otherwise known as Trivandrum, is the capital of Kerala.The British, during their rule, found the name to be too complicated and rechristened it ‘Trivandrum’.  

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4 Tellicherry
Thalassery (or Tellicherry as the British christened it during the times of the Raj), a vibrant fishing town in the north of Calicut which is famous for the 3 C's- Circus, Cricket and Cakes. It is known for being the first British settlement in Kerala and needless to say Cakes and Cricket were both introduced here by the British.
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5 Athirapally
Perched high above the sholayar forest ranges on the fringes of Kerala's fames rain forests Athirampally, and the many waterfalls around it provide a restful escape for those wanting to leave the hurried pace of city life behind.
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6 Calicut
Once the capital of the powerful Zamorin rulers of North Kerala and a prominent trade and commerce centre, Calicut was the most important region in Kerala in ancient times. The great voyager, Vasco Da Gama, landed here in 1498 putting it on the world map and paving the way for the west and for the many traders and invaders who followed suit.
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7 Cochin

Cochin, or Kochi as it is now called, is divided into Old Cochin (comprising Fort Cochin and Mattanchery) and Ernakulam, which is a bustling metropolis and is considered the commercial capital of Kerala. It is the only district in Kerala where you can experience urban comforts on a par with other major cities in India and also the history of many centuries bygone.

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8 Alleppey- House Boat
Alappuzha (or Alleppey) is a city on the Laccadive Sea in Kerala. It's best known for houseboat cruises along the rustic Kerala backwaters, a network of tranquil canals and lagoons.
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9 Kannur
With the Western Ghats in the east and the Lakshadweep Sea in the west, Kannur is an area bounded by a wealth of natural beauty. Known even to the early Romans and Greeks, Kannur was reputed for its exports to the outside world since early centuries. Kannur has been a key contributor to the cultural, religious, political and industrial heritage of Kerala.
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10 Kasaragod
Kasargod is the northernmost district of Kerala and is globally renowned for its coir and handloom industries. It is a land of rich history and once a seat of great military importance. It is a land which abounds in forts, beaches, rivers and hills. It prides itself in having the largest and the best preserved fort in Kerala.
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11 Kollam
Kollam is one of the oldest sea port towns on the Malabar Coast. Its strategic location with regards to trade made it the subject of writers such as Marco Polo who recorded it as one of the leading trade capitals of the Old World. The magnificent Ashtamudi Lake, which is also known as the gateway to the magnificent backwaters of Kerala, covers one third of Kollam.
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12 Kothamangalam

Set in the the foothills of the Western Ghats mountain ranges, Kothamangalam is a town rich in spice plantations. The town provides easy access to the Elephant sanctuary situated nearby.

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13 Kumarakom

Kumarakom is home to the backwaters,a splendid area full of canals, lakes and coves. An overnight cruise is the best way to naviage through the breathtaking canals of Kumarakom.

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14 Malappuram
Malappuram literally means ‘a land atop the hills’ and is situated 50 kms southeast of Kozhikode. Bounded by the Niligiri Hills on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west, Malappuram is enriched by three great rivers flowing through it.
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15 Mamallapuram
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16 Mararikulam
The picturesque fishermen's village of Mararikulam is tucked away inside quiet and lush coconut groves and the resorts here are set by the pristine white sand beaches that offer you unparalleled quiet in astoundingly beautiful settings. Marari has been inhabited by fishermen for millennia and here you will find the authenticity and the breathtaking natural surroundings have been preserved carefully
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17 Neeleshwaram
Neeleswaram is a quiant world of paddy fields, garden compounds, shrines, temples and mosques, and  follows a lovely coastline along which lie traditional fishing villages where boats and nets are made and repaired.
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18 Palakkad
The district of Palakkad, also known as the rice granary of Kerala, is a land of hillocks, valleys, rivers, forests, mountains and meandering streams. Situated at the foot of the Western Ghats, this is the gateway to Kerala from the north.
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19 Pathanamthitta
Pathanamthitta is a fast-developing town and business centre. Three great rivers, the Pamba, Achankovil and Manimala, undulate through this district. A highlight is the temple of Sabarimala which is a very famous Hindu shrine visited by an estimated 30 million devotees each year, making it one of the world’s largest religious congregations.
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20 Periyar

Periyar an area known for its undulating hills, spice plantations, and elephant sightings. One of the 27 tiger reserves in India, the Periyar valley in Thekkady is the oldest.

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21 Thrissur
Trichur, also known as the cultural capital of Kerala, is steeped in history, cultural heritage and archaeological wealth. It is best known for its extravagant and world famous festival, the ‘Thrissur Pooram’, which is attended by hundreds of thousands each year. It is also home to some of the most famous cultural, dance and art centers in Kerala. The Guruvayoor temple, one of the most soughtafter Krishna temples in Kerala, is also located in Trichur.
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22 Varkala
Varkala is a relatively quieter beach area and is an important Hindu pilgrimage centre. High cliffs with mineral springs rise majestically offering excellent views of the Arabian Sea making Varkala the choice of travellers seeking a quiet beach holiday.
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Kerala weather

Being a coastal state surrounded by the Arabian Sea and because of its proximity to the equator, Kerala has a more or less consistent temperature pattern in the summers and the monsoons alike. The temperature hovers around 29°C throughout the year with varying levels of humidity.
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Travel Tips

Travel Tips for Kerala

Congratulations on having booked your holiday to Kerala. We are sure that you will have a wonderful time and bring back the happiest of memories. To make your holiday is really special we have compiled a list of helpful hints for you.

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Visa Information

Information about Visas for India

It is mandatory for all International travellers to have a valid visa before they travel to India. The visa information provided in this section is for British passport holders who are citizens and residents of the United Kingdom only. Non-UK passport holders should consult with the relevant Embassy, High Commission or Consulate.

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Flights

AIRPORTS

UK - Whilst London Heathrow offers the greatest choice of flights to Kerala, there are also flights available from London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow.

Kerala - there are three airports in Kerala – Trivandrum (South), Cochin (Central) and Calicut (north). It is possible to fly into one airport and fly out of another, if this arrangement best suits your tour itinerary. Internal flights within India can be arranged with a number of domestic airlines.


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