Kerala is a state in south India bordered by miles of shoreline along the Arabian Sea. It boasts a diverse topography and climate, from enchanting backwaters and sandy beaches, to the lush mountain slopes and hill stations further inland, dotted with tea and spice plantations, national parks, and wildlife. In addition to its abundant natural beauty, Kerala is also a cultural haven for the arts (especially dance) and ayurvedic wellness treatments.Kerala’s western border is home to India’s most beautiful beaches, where visitors enjoy beach days, water sports, and picturesque sunrises and sunsets.The backwaters, known asKettuvallam, hosts a maze of rivers and a network of canals that are unique to this region. The most popular backwater areas are Alleppey and Kumarakom on the edge of Vembanad Lake, and Kollam between Ashtamudi Lake and Arabian Beyond the backwaters lie slopes and charming hill stations, including Munnar, Wayanad and Vagamon, along with rocky cliffs and spectacular waterfalls, Athirappilly, Palaruvi, and Thommankuthu. Kerala’s climate and biodiversity make it an ideal habitat for a large number of migratory birds and wildlife as well.
Kerala is also home to many churches, temples and mosques and museums, including the oldest synagogue among the Commonwealth nations, and in the heart of Thiruvananthapuram, the 360-year-old Shri Padmanabhaswamy Temple.