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Area   38, 863 sq kms. The Capital of the state is Trivandrum.
Boundaries Stretching from some of the highest mountains of the Western Ghats to the lush coastal plain, Kerala encapsulates the rich diversity of Western India's Coastal landscapes.
Important Cities and Towns Alleppey, Cannanore, Cochin, Ernakulam, Kottayam, Mamallapuram, Quilon, Palghat, Trichur, Trivandrum
Places of Tourist Interest  
Sabarimalai, Kovalam Beach, Periyar Wildlife sanctuary, Padmanabhan Temple
Best Time To Visit   September to March

The states of Kerala and Karnataka are more or less what is South-West India. The most pleasant weather here is from November to March. Monsoon rains from between late June to end September. Summer temperatures are not as high as in Northern India although humidity is extreme.

Required Clothing   Lightweights all year with a little warmer clothes for cooler evenings particularly in winter.
Food culture

Kerala's food reflects its diverse religious traditions, its seaboard location and the ubiquitous presence of the coconut. Deep sea food like fish, prawns, shrimps and crustaceans are prepared in a wide variety of dishes. Coconut based dishes such as thoran, a dry fish, mixed vegetables chopped very small, herbs and a variety of curry leaves, with avial, similar to thoran but cooked in a sauce, are widely eaten. Jack fruit, pineapples, custard apples and a seemingly variety of bananas- also a vital part in many dishes. Rice is the staple cereal. South Indian thali is served with rasam, pappadum and curd.

Some of the must visit cities are - Trivandrum , Cochin, Kanyakumari
Trivandrum means the 'holy city of Ananta' and is surrounded by numerous hills and hillocks on which stand buildings and parks. It has magnificent buildings of ancient and modern architecture. The temple of Sri Padmanabhaswami is one of the most important shrines in the city dedicated to the Hindu God - Vishnu. Padmanabhaswami Temple, Zoological Gardens, Aquariaum and a drive through the city are some the places to see.

Konvalam Beach,14 kms south of Trivandrum, is one of the finest beaches in India. Kovalam is endowed with unusual beauty. The sheltered beach is ideal for sea bathing and is safe even during the roughest weather. The scenery around is enchanting and the drive to the beach through palm groves, refreshing.

Cochin, also known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea is considered to be the finest natural harbor in the world. You can sit and relax and watch the harbor. Giant Chinese fishing nets that billow from massive teak and bamboo poles dot the entrance to the harbor. Silhouetted against the setting sun, they present a magnificent sight of the waterfront. Cochin is the oldest European settlement in India. The main attractions are the 'Kathakali' (classical dance form of Kerala) and Boat cruise by a luxury boat "Pathira Manal' on the backwaters of Cochin. >>TOP

Kanya Kumari, the southernmost tip of Indian peninsular, is where the waters of the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea meet. A place from where one can see spectacular sunrises and also colorful sunsets.
There is a temple dedicated to the virgin goddess, Kanya Kumari located close to the sea shore. According to legend, it is here that the goddess Parvati undertook penance to gain the hand of Lord Shiva in marriage. The beautifully adorned deity has a sparkling diamond nose ring that is supposed to be visible even from the sea.
On a little rocky island just off the coast is the memorial to that great Indian philosopher - Swami Vivekananda. He is supposed to have sat here in deep meditation in 1892. On the island one can also see the Shri Pada Parai - the footprints of the virgin goddess. The Gandhi Memorial at Kanya Kumari is located at the place where his ashes were kept before immersion. It is designed in a manner that on 2nd October, his birthday, the sun's rays fall directly on the spot. >>TOP


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