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KERALA: PLACES OF INTEREST

Kerala is a small state in the South-Western tip of India. It is renowned for its coconut-palm filled natural beauty, and the almost 100% literacy rate. The state is also ranked 1stin India in many other parameters. Kathakali and the world's first martial arts form, Kalarippayatt originated from Kerala. Recently, Kerala tourism surpassed Taj Mahal as the number one destination for tourists; this is primarily due to the lure of the "house-boats".

KERALA STATS:

TOTAL AREA: 38,863 Sq. Km (15,005 Sq, Mi) Rank: 22nd
POPULATION (2011): 33,387,677 Rank: 13th
CAPITAL CITY: Thiruvananthapuram  
LITERACY RATE: 97.5% Rank: 1st
HDI: 0.790 Rank: 1st
OFFICIAL LANGUAGES: Malayalam, English  
Official Website: www.kerala.gov.in  

 

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NORTH: KANNUR

St. Angelo Fort: Kannur
St. Angelo Fort: Kannur
Two photographs of the St. Angelo Fort: Kannur

 

Parassinikadavu Temple, Kannur
Parassinikadavu Temple, Kannur
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KOZHIKODE: (CALICUT)

 TEMPLE POOL
TEMPLE POOL

Kalarippayatt

Kalarippayatt

Kalarippayatt, the indigenous martial arts of Kerala; it is widely believed that this is the fore-runner of the Chinese Kung-Fu and the later, Japanese Karate styles.

 

WAYANAD

Mountains of Western Ghats
Mountains of Western Ghats
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CENTRAL: THRISSUR

“THRISSUR  POORAM”
"THRISSUR POORAM"
 

 

GURUVAYOOR TEMPLE

GURUVAYOOR TEMPLE

GURUVAYOOR TEMPLE

 

“KATHA KALI”
"KATHA KALI"

 

“ONAM” Kerala’s Spring Festival
"ONAM" Kerala's Spring Festival

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SOUTH: KOCHI

“Ayurveda” India’s indigenous medicine
"Ayurveda" India's indigenous medicine
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Chinese fishing nets
Chinese fishing nets

Vismaya Building, Techno Park
Vismaya Building, Techno Park
A Synagogue, Kochi
A Synagogue, Kochi

 

Bolgatti Palace, near Kochi
Bolgatti Palace, near Kochi

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 Thope Church, Kollum
Thope Church, Kollum

Tea Plantation
Tea Plantation

 

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Capital city

Shri Padmanabhaswamy temple
Shri Padmanabhaswamy temple

 Kovalam
Kovalam

 Kovalam  beach
Kovalam beach

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Coconut Palms
Coconut Palms

This is an example of Kerala’s lush “backwaters”
This is an example of Kerala's lush "backwaters"
Snake Boat Race
Snake Boat Race

 

HOUSE BOAT
HOUSE BOAT

A Kerala sunset
A Kerala sunset

 

STATE SYMBOLS: (COURTESY WIKIPEDIA)

State animal Elephant elephant
State bird Great Hornbill (Buceros bicornis) great hornbill
State flower Kani Konna (Cassia fistula) konna
State tree Coconut Tree (Cocos nucifera) coconut

 

SOME OTHER ATTRACTIONS:

Kaladi: Birth place of Adi Shankaracharya of "Advaida" philosophy

Sabarimala: Ayyappan's Temple

Thiruvanandapuram: Museum containing some of Raja Ravi Varma's painting

 

SOME USEFUL PHRASES IN MALAYALAM (compared to English):


TOURIST INFORMATION:

www.Keralatourism.com/html/k2200frm.htm

CONTACT: Kerala Tourism Development Company Ltd

Tel: 91-471-2725213, 2316736
Fax: 91-471-2791253, 2334780

Email: ktds@vsnl.com