Saturday, January 13, 2007

Visit Kerala

Kerala is a beautiful state on the western coast of southern India. I have only been there once and for a few days but the good memories remain.

Kerala - Gods Own Country, has been listed under National Geographic's 50 places of a lifetime.

The state has a lot to offer - a warm climate, long shoreline with clean beaches, cool green hill stations and exotic wildlife. The backwaters on the coast have become very popular with tourists and is the reason why Kerala is often referred to as "The Venice of The East".

The state is also famous for the ancient Indian traditional medicine called Ayurveda. Some people visit this state to cleanse and heal their bodies through the Ayurvedic health holidays.

I also can't forget the amazing and vibrant art forms of Kerala - the most famous being the Kathakali dancers with their colorful painted faces and elaborate costumes. For those interested in martial art, according to the Discovery channel, Kalarippayattu the Indian martial arts practiced here, may be one of the oldest martial arts in existence and that other martial arts like Kung Fu traces their origins to it.

Seems like Kerala has something for everybody. I am definitely going back again.

Oh yeah I almost forgot to mention that the state has a hundred percent literacy rate and also claims to be India's cleanest State.

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