God’s Own Country - Cities & Towns, Forts & Museums in Kerala
It is rightly said
that your exploration of India will be incomplete without visiting
‘God’s Own Country’ – Kerala. Situated on the south-western
tip of India in the area of about 38,800 km2, Kerala is a strategically
located Indian state whose natural beauty is second to none. It
is this beauty that transforms this serene & laidback land into
one of the most popular tourist destinations, frequently visited
by travellers from all over the world.
In addition to its pleasing green landscapes
and long coastline, Kerala is blessed with rugged mountains,
dense forests, picturesque hill stations, twinkling waterfalls,
gurgling rivers & peaceful backwaters. It is a true
picture of heaven on earth!
The Arabian Sea lies towards the west
of Kerala while on its south and east is the state of Tamil Nadu
and the Western Ghats. Karnataka is located towards the north of
Kerala, and the capital city of Kerala is Thiruvananthapuram.
Most of Kerala is humid and hot
except for the highlands. March-May is summer in Kerala while the
winter months are December-February. Monsoons in Kerala begin around
June just after the hot and sweltering summer months have passed
and continue till mid-October. Many people choose to visit Kerala
June onwards so as to enjoy its rain-washed beauty.
There are a number
of dynamic cities in Kerala, each having its distinctive features.
Let's take a look at some of them
known as Trivandrum, Thiruvananthapuram is the capital
of Kerala and is home to several Government buildings, Temples
and Museums, beaches and historical monuments.
or Kozhikode is a port town in Kerala, located towards
the north of its coastline. As a port city, Kozhikode was
booming with activity in the yesteryears. Today, Calicut is
known for its trade in spices, etc. and is home to several
monuments, beaches and wildlife sanctuaries. Other attractions
here include the Kozhikode (Calicut) Planetarium, Thikkoti
Lighthouse and the Velliyamkallu Rock.
Located on the south-west
coast in the Ernakulam district of Kerala, Kochi or Cochin
is the business hub of Kerala. The name Cochin is given to the region
in general that includes Cochin, Mattancherry, Ernakulam, Fort
Kochi, Willingdon, Vypeen, and other villages and towns.
Kasaragod: Well known for
the Bekal Fort located here, district Kasaragod is situated
towards the absolute north of Kerala and offers specimens of Kerala’s
rich culture and heritage including beautiful forts, temples and
the likes. Tourists love to experience the serene backwaters here,
and the boat cruise is also quite famous.
(Alleppey): is situated close
to the sea. The town of Alappuzha is known for its peaceful
backwaters, thrilling boat races, serene lakes and rivers. The natural
beauty found here as well as the diverse range of animals &
birds is truly awe-inspiring. No wonder, Alleppey is a popular tourist
spot in Kerala.
Tourist Destinations in Kerala -
Forts & Museums in Kerala:
a tryst with the past
Fort, Kasaragod -
Built in 1650, the
Bekal Fort is located about 15 km from Kasaragod and is well
known as one of the most well-preserved forts in Kerala.
Palace Museum, Thiruvananthapuram –
Built by the King of Travancore,
this palace museum is a perfect example of exquisite and detailed
Travancore style architecture, prevalent during those times.
Today, on visiting the museum, you will be able to see on
display several paintings of the royal family who lived here.
The Napier Museum,
Thiruvananthapuram – This
is a famous 19th century Museum of Kerala that houses rare historical
artefacts such as ornaments & idols.
Museum & Art Gallery, Kozikode –
A large number of items
are on display at this Museum, located at a distance of 5 km from
Kozhikode. It includes earthenware, old coins, etc. The art gallery
close by offers a glimpse of the life of Raja Ravi Varma.
Tourist Destinations in Kerala Continued Here:
Author: Team of travel writers @ contentwriter.in