Kerala

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.

Backwater

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.

Kerala Cuisine

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.

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