What is Kerala? Rotary Club

God’s Own Country , A state full of love , smile and care

Kerala, one of the most tranquil states of India, lies to the extreme southwest of Indian peninsula. It is flanked by the Arabian Sea on the west and the mountain ranges of the Western Ghats on the east. The state can be divided into hills, valleys, midland plains and coastal belts. Formed in the year 1956, it has 14 districts with Thiruvananthapuram as its capital.

Kerala has become one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the country as well as abroad. It is famous for Ayurveda, Yoga and its rivers, backwaters, hill stations, forests, water falls, and endless beaches. Ayurveda and Yoga have also become quite popular among national as well as international tourists. According to Hindu belives Ayurveda and Yoga is a God given gift for mankind. Kerala is popularly known as God’s Own Country, kerala offers a lot of tourist destinations. Some of the famous tourist spots are Kovalam, Varkala, Alleppey, Kochi, Munnar, Palakkad and Kozhikode, Vyanadu and Kannur.

Kerala is also known as the Land of Ayurveda

Besides its famous backwaters, elegant houseboats, ayurvedic treatments and delicately spiced, taste-bud-tingling cuisine, Kerala is home to wild elephants, exotic birds and the odd tiger, while vibrant traditions such as Kathakali plays, Kalaripayattu, diferent dances, temple festivals, elephant riding, visits of lion , deer, crocodile parks and snake-boat races frequently bring even the smallest villages to life. It’s hard to deny Kerala’s liberal use of the slogan ‘God’s Own Country’.

Some of the key crops of Kerala are coconut, tea, coffee, rubber, cashew, cardamom, pepper and cinnamon. Kerala is quite advanced in terms of Human Development Index and life standard. Kerala is the most clean and educated state of India.

Kerala is narrated as one of the ‘ Ten paradise in the world and one of the fifty great trips for the 21st century.’ — Travel and Leisure. Kerala is South India’s most serenely beautiful state.

Some sincere lines of a traveller, about Kerala.

The blue Arabian sea, the towering Western Ghats
This then is Kerala the most beautiful Indian state
Lush green hill stations, lowland paddy fields
All are in Kerala between the mountains and the sea
Fourty four rivers flow so water here for all
Exotic plants in abundance beside the waterfalls
Enchanting emerald back waters put here for your delight
The days are never long enough to view each wonderous site
Kerala is called Gods own country, the reasons very clear
Wildlife abounds, exotic birds and sika deer
Here you will live longer than in any other state
Fresh food in abundance and low mortality rate
Why don’t you come and visit this paradise on earth
And take away the memories that you will always cherish.