Located in the extreme south of India, the
state of Kerala attracts tourists in large
numbers from every part of India and
abroad. On the map of India, Kerala
resembles a banana leaf clinging between
the Western Ghats and beaches of Arabian
sea. Packed with a highly literate population of
26 million people, Kerala covers an area of
38,900 sq km.
The green valleys, thick forests, beautiful lakes
and rivers gives the Kerala landscape a great
charm. But Kerala is better known for her backwater
delights and Ayurvedic centres. Backwaters are inter
connected inland lakes snaking through the picturesque landscape of the state. Coupled with them are Kerala's
splendid festivals laced with some mysterious rituals. Kerala also preserves historical heritage in the form of
many ancient and medieval period temples. The beautiful hill station of Munnar and popular wildlife sanctuary of
Periyar are also located in the state.
With its evergreen mountains, dense forests stately palms, swift flowing rivers, extensive backwaters and blue
lagoons, it looks like a fairyland. This atmosphere of beauty and peace has nurtured religion and art in Kerala
and enabled her to become a precious gem in the necklace of Indian culture. No part
of India is so widely known or has played so important a part in world history as Kerala.