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a travel guide to KERLA the GODS own COUNTRY

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KERALAThe GODS OWN COUNTRYKERALA, in the GODS OWN COUNTRY

This is a personally printed tourist guide, not meant to be sold in open market. Courtesy SHUBHYATRA.COM & KERALATRAVEL.COM

The beauty of Kerala cannot be just written or explained, it has to be experienced. Fringed with coconut palms that carpet the land from hills to shores, Kerala, the south-western state of India, is a land of many enchantments. Emerald green backwaters drench every pockets of this leaf-shaped country. Sun-kissed golden sands sprawled on the pristine Kerala beaches snatch every emotion of a solitary traveller. Dark, deep forest reserves carrying spicy aroma houses many exotic species in their sleeves. And above all, it is the magic of Ayurveda, that refreshes you again and again for a more exhilarating journey and you continue to do so in this God's Own Country

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A Holiday At The Sensational BeachesAlappuzha Beach - In Tune With The Times Popular As : Backwater Destination Highlight : Nehru Trophy Boat Race Best time To Visit : After the monsoons (July- September) Plan a holiday tour to the exotic Alappuzha beach where you can even enjoy the fine art of doing nothing. Far from the pressures of the outer world, this fine excerpt, fringed with rows of palms, surely help tourists to wash away all negative thoughts and return with a clean soul. Engage yourself in the merriment of sand art, stretch yourself under the sun and get a cool tan on your skin, or you can just jog around, sinking your footmarks into the heart of the pristine white sands, that dot the landscape. Try this. Get up on an elevated pad and look down upon what surely be the best view of famous Alappuzha beach. From up there you would see kites circle above the dense plantations in the foothills. And you'd see wave upon wave of surf pound the beaches, each enticing layer filled with a promise of different experiences in Indian shores. And you'd see a paradise for the adventurous. Take up beach tours of Kerala to see the major attractions of the poular Alappuzha beach.

Nehru Trophy Boat Race In Alappuzha Kerala

FACT FILE Beach Attractions : Lakes, Lagoons Open Sea, Beaches. To Shop : Sea Shells, Handicraft Items made from Seashells. Getting There: Nearest Airport - Kochi International Airport - 85 km. Nearest Rail - Alapuzzha 5 km. Don't Miss : Meeting the Sailors of Allapuzha and watch them catch Fish. Activities : Sunbath on Beaches, Boat Cruise, Fishing, Backwater Destination Cruise. Must Watch : Nehru Trophy Boat Race. Where to Eat : Hotel Green Corner, Hotel Aaryas, Gujarathi Street, Kalpakavadi Inn. Staying Options : Marari Beach Resort, Alleppey Beach Resort, Alleppey Prince Hotel, Marari Beach Home, Anamika The Villa, GowriHeritage Home. KERALA, in the GODS OWN COUNTRY | 3

Kovalam Beach - Making Waves In Water, Ripples In Your Heart Popular For : The Most Popular Beach in Kerala Highlights : Yoga and Other Health Related Activities Best Time To Visit : September-April Looking around this sun-and-sand paradise, it's difficult to imagine that Kovalam was once just a pretty fishing village with a prettier beach. In Kovalam, as the hippies discovered this hidden jewel long ago, the tourists - and the locales - inhabit different universes. The day-trippers from Thiruvananthapuram almost always climb the rocky promontory to Halcyon Castle, striding carefully for spectacular views of the sea, whereas trotters prefer to jaunt around the crescents, looking for an opportunity to cheer up a romantic evening. An added advantage for them are the seaside eating joints serving Italian food and signboards in German. Unfortunately, the rustic charm of the yore is missing, but there is no ways to complain. The sunny beaches will see to that.

FACT FILE Novelty Factor : One of the cleanest and safest beaches in the country, Kovalam is just 16 km away from the capital city ofKerala. Beach Attractions : Open Sea, Beaches, Vast Stretch of Land, Vizhinjam Village. Around Kovalam : Poovar 18 km, 15 kms from Mahabalipuram, 36 kms from Mahabalipuram. To Shop : Sea Shells, Handicraft Items made from Seashells, Paintings, Carpets, Metal Work, Woodwork Articles. Getting There : Nearest Airport - Trivendrum International Airport, Thiruvananthapuram 16 km. Rail Nearest Station Trivendrum Central 13 km. Road Kovalam is off the N-H-47 Bypass. Don't Miss : Stay in the Ashrams and Experiencing Ayurvedic Treatments. Inside Tip : While Staying in the Ashrams do abide by the rules and regulations of the Ashram. Activities : Ideal for Kayaking, Swimming, Surfing and Skiing. Must Watch : The Palm Trees and Ebullient Waves of the Arabian Sea. Where to Eat : Sea Face Dosa Camp, Lonely Planet, Garcia, Swiss Cafe, German Bakery. Staying Options : Le Meridien, Raja Hotel, Hotel Samundra, Uday Samundra Leisurew Beach, Hotel Sea Face, Kadaloram Beach Resort, The Ttravancore Heritage, Somatheeram Ayurvedic Beach Resort. KERALA, in the GODS OWN COUNTRY | 4

Kappad Beach - History On the Shores Known For : A historic beach, Vasco da Gama landed here in 1498 Highlights : A Sprawling Rock that Protrudes into the Sea Best Time To Visit : September to February Kappad beach attractions include the sprawling rock that extends into the sea - like a portuguese hooligan - is an interesting feature of the landscape at Kappad. It was here that da Gama's envoy was astonished to be addressed in Castilian by a man from Seville, who had become a Kozhikodan Muslim. When asked what the Portuguese doing here, then came the historic reply " We seek Christians and spices". Try to touch the serenity by your heart, or rather let it touch you. Enjoy the pleasure of making sand castles, fight with the waves to save your foot prints, enjoy a few sips of coconut water..what else could make a leisure vacation more dramatic? Tourists can also pay a visit to the temple nearby, located on the rock. The shrine is believed to be 800 years old, and is visited by devoutees from all over the state. The ideas of holidays on the famous Kappad beach is ceaseless. Listen To The Fishermen Tales Visit to the famous Kappad Beach and you will be overwhelmed to experience many interesting and uncanny and uncanny folklores from the local fishermen. Savour a fresh coconut under the swaying palm trees and listen to their day to day activities. Take up beach tour of Kerala in India to see more.

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Kochi Fort - An Impeccable Blend of Fine European Culture Popular For : Fort Kochi Highlights : Fort Kochi Beach, Beach Carnival Best time To Visit : After the monsoons (July- September) As you will walk through the sinewy streets of the town towards the beach, you will simply wonder about the eternal sonance of the ebullient sea, always within your earshot but perpetually imperceptible to the eye. You can see stamps of silver sands, carelessly scattered on the grounds, ratifying a sea nearby, but where? And now when you are so close to the parapet, a visit to the first European fort built on Indian soil is a fine idea, isn't it? Perched regally on petrified time, Fort Kochi is not just a quaint township or a traveller's delight. It is a perfect poetry of folklore handed down the ages, a melting pot of culture that has emerged from three invasions, and a lifestyle that prides itself on its natural ardour to savour life, much the same way you would do about your holiday vacation in Kerala. The Portuguese made it in 1530, the Dutch played with it from 1663 and ultimately the British East India Company wrested the grand creation away in 1795. Housing the first European township and anchored on one of the finest natural harbours of the State, Fort Kochi over the chapters of history played the fascinating roles of a major military base, shipbuilding centre, a cultural hub, and a centre for Christianity, all in one. Want to enjoy beach vacations in Kerala? Cochin beach holidays on Kerala beaches along with the desire to see the famous attractions can anly be basked on Fort Kochi in Kerala.FACT FILE Fascinations : The Beach of Kochiites, Sun Kissed Sands, being with Portugal, Judiasm Culture. Speciality : The architectural style of the buildings and lay-out of the Town mark out Fort Cochin from other Cities and Towns of Kerala.. Don't Miss : Plan a holiday to Fort Kochi Beach to experience building Sand Castles on the Beach. Inside Tip : Listen to the uncanny Folklores of Local Fishermen and seek the help of tour guides to translate the language for you. Activities : Build Sandcastles, Sunbath on Beaches, Boat Cruise, Fishing. Must Watch : The Fort Kochi. Other Attractions : St. Francis Church, Santa Cruz Church, Beautiful paintings in Roman Catholic Church. Staying Options : Fort Cochin Houseboat, Heritage Hotels, Bolgatty Palace. KERALA, in the GODS OWN COUNTRY |

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Varkala Beach - Even The Religion Takes A Dip Here Location : 46 km from Thiruvananthapuram City, Kerala Popularly Known as : Papanasham Beach Tourist Attractions : Black Sand Beach, Kapila Beach Take a bath in the bubbling waters of the hot springs, the sulphurous waters of which bring relief to a multitude of ailments related to the skin and musculo-skeletal structures. You might feel an empty syomach after a good bath, only because bathing in thermal water increases body's metabolism, thus aiding digestion. No doubt, bathing in hot sulpher spring increases body temperature, thus killing germs and viruses. These waters also rejuvenate and revitalise tired ageing bodies, providing a respite (though ephemeral) from the ageing process. All this comes as a gift of nature and requires no more than a refreshing shower under one of the cascades that spew the magic waters at the spas in the town. Far from boasting about modern amenities, the spas at Varkala are modest in appearance and basic in facilities, bu