Cheers to the New Year and the start of a new decade! With the summer months nearly approaching, a lot of you might already have your plans made and tickets sorted. The summer season calls for going to the hills or beaches mostly, in any part of the world. Whether you like traveling solo, or with friends or family, the summer months are the best time to plan a vacation. It is soothing, relaxing and fresh. It is also a great opportunity to explore the unexplored or perhaps pick up a hobby!
If you are still looking for a Summer 2020 idea, this article will be a good read for you. Ever been to Kerala? Also known as God’s own country, Kerala is a beautiful destination for travelers from across the world. From their culture to their hospitality and their attractions, Kerala will also make you feel at home. It is a paradise tucked in the Southern part of India next to the Malabar Coast. You can witness nature at its best in this heavenly abode that offers some picturesque landscapes and lush wildlife. Oh and their backwaters? It feels like a country of its own.
Make Kerala your next summer destination in 2020! Explore the tea gardens, walk by the waterfalls, enjoy their delicious meals and do much more. Need more reasons to plan your next trip to Kerala? The below-mentioned pointers will certainly convince your heart and soul:
- Kerala’s rich traditions: Kerala’s cultural and historical background is a true fairytale in itself. Following a Dravidian background, Keralites are known to be from the Aryan age. They are the originators of Ayurveda, herbal spas, various dance forms, and several sports as well. Their most popular festival called ‘Onam’ is celebrated with the utmost pop and pleasure not just in India but across the world. Wherever you are, wherever you go, you can find at least one Keralite amongst your tribe.
- Their unique fashion statement: Keralites have their own dressing styles when it comes to occasions or just everyday style statements. The men wear the popular ‘lungi’ which is a piece of clothing wrapped around your waist. It is also referred to as the ‘Mundu’ and guess what? It is worn by women as well! They strike the balance between fashion and comfort with grace. Now coming to the women, the popular Kerala saree is suitable for all occasions. Sported in a white or cream base, it is accompanied by a thick golden border and is famous all over the world! Keralite women definitely know how to make a statement!
- Offer your Prayer: The state of Kerala in India is also famous for its churches. It is a predominantly Christian state where you can visit the Sabrimala, St. Mary’s, St. Francis and several other churches to seek blessings and spend a few moments in tranquility amidst your trip. Kerala is intact with its values and is also home to many Muslims, Hindus, and Sikhs as well. There is no discrimination with regards to religion or caste and there is mutual respect for everyone.
- The Popular Backwaters: The most scenic spot of Kerala is its backwaters, rife with waterfalls, lagoons, and canals. They run parallel to the Arabian sea to the southwest part of India. This region called Alappuzha literally translates to ‘The Venice of the East’ in Kerala and hosts beautiful houseboats where you can stay for most of your trip.
- The Malayalam Cuisine: The language spoken in Kerala is Malayali. As it goes, their cuisine consists of some of most delicious dishes you might have ever tried. From their Appams to their Sadya, Beef Curry with Porotta and their desserts which include the Payasam and Kheer (a common Indian sweet), you will savor every bite you take. If you are visiting Kerala during Easter this time, try their feast known as ‘Kanji’ which is a plate of rice porridge served with some pulses and pickle to top it off!
- Rich flora and fauna: Kerala has ample Greenlands stretching over vast areas of land. It is home to different types of cultivation practices including tea, paddy, rubber, coconut, and coffee, to name a few. The tea plantations of Munnar are quite popular and the elevation over the hills gives it a mesmerizing view. Kerala also has a few spice gardens and is home to the agriculture of cloves, ginger, and cardamom. The Periyar National Tiger Park, Wayanad Reserve, and the Silent Valley are a few attractions you can visit on your vacation to this heavenly state.
Did you know that Kerala is the only state in India with 100 percent literacy? Educated individuals running a state or a country add to the beauty of a destination by manifolds. While on your tour, do not forget to visit Kovalam beach and Fort Kochi – the ideal destination for hemp lovers to discover and experience.
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