The God's Own Country
Sandwiched between the Western Ghats on the east, and the Arabian Sea on the West,
Kerala is one of the beautiful states in India. A tropical paradise of waving palms
and wide sandy beaches, this thin strip of coastal territory slopes down from the
mountain ghats in a cascade of lush green vegetation. Kerala, a paradise where land,
sea and sky, come together in a union of elements. With the Arabian Sea in the west,
the Western Ghats towering 500-2700 m in the east and networked by forty four rivers,
Kerala enjoys unique geographical features that have made it one of the most sought
after tourist destinations in Asia.
The Kerala backwaters are one of the most favoured tourist attractions. The calm
and serene blue backwaters of Kerala provide with an unforgettable travel experience.
'God's Own Country', Kerala, has a very long and complex structure of this waterbody
called backwaters. Kerala is known for its panoramic backwater stretches, lush green
paddy fields, highlands and beaches. The gorgeous green of the fringed palms ripple
in the blue waters and blend into wavelets. The serene lakes come alive during Onam
with a spectacular water regatta-the snake boat races. It is indeed amazing to watch
oarsmen, at least a hundred in one boat, slice their way through the waters to the
rhythm of their own full throated singing.
Fish (called meen) appears on the tables of all but vegetarians in Kerala. With
its long coastline and many inland waterways (more than 1,000 miles), Kerala is
one of the top producers of fish in India. At every waterfront location fresh fish
is available every day. None are more spectacular than the "Chinese" fishing nets
at the port of Cochin. Fish are usually cooked in clay pots with sauce (curry),
but are also delicious when baked or steamed in banana leaves. A special fruit called
kokum or "fish tamarind" is used in many preparations because the acid in it is
said to counteract the unpleasant flavors that rise from fish. Shrimp, clams and
mussels are also commonly eaten, especially in a baked rice dish called biriyani.