Happy 60th Birthday to God’s own Country

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The history behind Kerala

Kerala the southern most state of India took birth on 1st November 1956, long after Indian Independence on 15th August 1947. Beforehand it was three Independence provinces named Malabar, Cochin and Travancore. Kerala originally got its name after the first ruler, Keralian, who ruled one of these Independent provinces in the early Centuries.

Kerala Stretch along from Gokarnam to Parasala with Arabian Sea as the border on one side. The other border is the western Ghat with the rich flora and fauna.
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According to the Hindu mythology Parasurama, the sixth incarnation of Mahavishnu (The God-Lord), created Kerala. Parasurama flung his “Mazhu” (a weapon) from Kanyakumari (cape comerin) to the sea and the sea receded to create the land Keralam.

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Kerala is a 560-km long narrow stretch of land. At the widest, Kerala is a mere 120-km from the sea to the mountains. Gracing one side of Kerala, are the lofty mountains ranging high to kiss the sky. And on the other side the land is washed by the blue Arabian Sea waters. The land is covered with dense tropical forest, fertile plains, beautiful beaches, cliffs, rocky coasts, an intricate maze of backwaters, still bays and an astounding 44 glimmering rivers. Kerala’s exotic spices have lured foreigners to her coast from time immemorial.

Earlier, Kerala was made up of three distinct areas. Malabar as far up the coast as Tellicherry, Cannanore and Kasargode with the tiny pocket-handkerchief French possession of Mahe nearby (it was returned to India in the early 1950 ‘s and is now administratively part of Pondicherry). This area belonged to what was once called the Madras Presidency under the British. The middle section is formed by the princely State of Cochin; the third comprises Travancore, another princely State.

Archaeologists believe that the first citizens of Kerala were the hunter-gatherers, the ting Negrito people. These people still inhabit the mountains of southern India today, consequently, they had a good knowledge of herbal medicine and were skilled in interpreting natural phenomena. The next race of people in Kerala were believed to be the Austriches. The Austric people of Kerala are of the same stock as the present-day Australian Aborigines. They were the people who laid the foundation of Indian civilizations and introduced the cultivation of rice and vegetables, which are still part of Kerala scene. They also introduced snake-worship in Kerala. Traces of such worship and ancient rites have been found among the Aboriginal tribes of Australia. Austric features can still be seen fairly and clearly among the people of Kerala today. Then came the Dravidians (The Mediterranean people). Dravidian absorbed many of the beliefs of the Negrito and Austric people, but they were strongly inclined to the worship of the Mother Goddess in all her myriad forms: Protector, Avenger, Bestower of wealth, wisdom and arts.

The Dravidians migrated to the southwards, carrying their civilization with them, though leaving their considerable cultural input on their successors, the Aryans (Indo – Iranians). But Kerala is still strongly influenced by the Dravidian culture: urbane, cash-crop and trade oriented, and with strong materialistic biases. The Aryans have made a deep impression on Kerala in late proto-historic times.

Jewish and Arabs trade’s were the first to come to Kerala sailing in the ships to set up trading stations. The Apostle of Christ, St. Thomas- An Apostle -is believed to have come to Muziris in AD 52 and established the first church in Kerala

Portuguese discovered the sea route to India from Europe when Vasco da gama landed with his ship near Kappad in Calicut in AD 1498. Slowly the Kerala society became a mix of people belonging to various sects of Christianity, Islam and Hinduism. The arrival of Portuguese was followed by the Dutch, the French and finally the British. The State of Kerala was created on the 1st of November 1956. The Keralites celebrate this day as ‘Kerala piravi’ meaning the ‘Birth of Kerala’.

The modern Kerala is divided into fourteen Districts with Trivandrum as the State Capital. Kerala is the first place in the world where a Communist Ministry came into power by General Election in 1957.

Kerala is truly the undiscovered India. It is God’s own country and an enchantingly beautiful, emerald-green sliver of land. It is a tropical paradise far from the tourist trial at the southwestern peninsular tip, sandwiched between the tall mountains and the deep sea. Kerala is a long stretch of enchanting greenery. The tall exotic coconut palm dominates the landscape.

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Haunted bungalow in Bonacaud

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Amidst lush green plantations and stunning views of the Agasthya mountain ranges lies a bungalow in the Bonacaud region of Trivandrum that is famous for its supernatural activities. It is called GB 25 and is believed to have been built during the British rule. What appears to be a classic example of British architecture during the day becomes a haunted mansion with a boy’s spirit by the door at night. DO not try to go here all alone, especially when it’s dark!

If real ghost stories are to be believed then, Bonacaud Bungalow is one of the most haunted houses in Kerala. After darkness falls, this ramshackle mansion becomes an absolute horrid place and thus, counted among the creepiest places in Kerala.

The Story: During British rule, the bungalow was famous for its sprawling tea plantations. It is said that on one fateful night the young children of the owner died under mysterious circumstances. After this incident, the couple went back to London.

Spooky Occurrence: People have reported the frequent wandering of a young spirit in the mansion. The sound of the breaking glass and screaming of a child can be heard during midnight. The apparition of the ghostly boy wandering in the air has also been claimed.

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In my future posts I’ll include more spooky places in Kerala.

Amazingly beautiful Kuttand, Alleppey

Alleppey (Alappuzha) is also called the ‘Venice of the east’. The place is such a beautiful place, even its beauty can’t explained using words. The breathtaking beauty of Alleppey backwaters, the canals, beaches, beautiful paddy fields and the saline lagoons, everything is increasing the beauty of Alleppey. A backwater cruise through this place will take you through all the stunning places in Alleppey, and you can decide how long you could enjoy Alleppey, because there is a lot to experience while the cruise.

Back waters of Kuttanad.

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When you go along the backwaters of Kuttanad, you will get a chance to glimpse the bucolic way of life of the people and marvel at the exotic aquatic and avian life. The entire length of Kuttanad stretches for a distance of approximately 150 kilometres right from Kollam to Kochi and can be enjoyed through rice barges or houseboats. The house boat ride from Kollam to Alappuzha is a divine experience, but must be pre-booked if you want to enjoy it to its full advantage. You can make it a full-day tour or an overnight one if you want to savour a beautiful night under the stars.

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Amazing transition from Dawn to night

5 killer photos from Bekal fort, Kerala

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*Photos are taken from the official website of Kerala Tourism

Bekal fort

Bekal fort is the largest fort in Kerala, situated in Bekal village of Kozhikode district. The fort is constructed during 1650 CE by Shivappa Nayaka of Bednore.

How to reach Bekal fort

Local roads have access to NH.66 which connects to Mangalore in the north and Calicut in the south. The nearest railway station isKanhangad on Mangalore-Palakkad line. There are airports at Mangalore and Calicut.

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Things to do in Kerala during this October

Kerala is the well known for its landscape, including hill stations, back waters, trekking points, forests, beaches etc. The mouth watering cuisines of Kerala, the rich tradition and culture everything is always attracting travelers towards Kerala. But finding the best time for your trip is also important. For those people who are waiting for the perfect time for your trip then October is the best time. The climate of Kerala in October is completely favorable for your family holiday in Kerala. Don’t let this October simply pass away book your Kerala holiday packages now!

Must to do things in Kerala during October

Visit Kumbalangi Tourist Village

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Include Kumbalangi tourist village in your trip while planning your trip to Kerala in October. This is one among the aquatic tourist villages in Kerala. An island surrounded by backwaters of Cochin. This is the best aquatic tourist spot, which welcomes you with the outstanding view of Chinese fishing nets in the water. Rich mangrove forests separate the island from water. This is the exact place in Kerala for you to experience the tasty Kerala local cuisines and a home stay.

 Choolanur Peacock Sanctuary visit

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The sanctuary is located aroundm30 Kilometers from Palakkad. The sanctuary is accommodated around 200 peacocks. Along with the view of peacocks moving around with the majestic feathers you can also witness different varieties of butterflies here. The sanctuary is spread over 500 hectares of forest area.

Visit Nilambur Teak Museum

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This visit will be a new experience to you. This is the only one museum in the world giving all the information about Teak wood (Tectona grandis). You can collect the some interesting facts of Teak from here. Here you’ll get the all information of Teak from its root to tip and flower. Along with this the history of Teak plantation and wall painting will add more colors to your visit.

Visit Kerala Kalamandalam

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This is the exact destination for those people who loves to know everything about the rich cultural art forms of Kerala like Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, Koodiyattam, Ottamthullal, Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi and Nangiar Koothu etc.

Have some fun in Malampuzha Ropeway

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Malampuzha dam is among the favorite destination of tourists while they are visiting Palakkad. If you have a rope way drive in Malampuzha you can witness the aerial view of the dam and its surroundings. The ropeway is having a length of 2000 feet and a height of 60 feet from ground. This rope way is called Udan Khotala. You can have this amazing experience along with your partner if you’re planning your couple holiday in Kerala. Plan your trip with the best ever Kerala Honeymoon Packages.  The rope car can only accommodate 2 people at a time and during these 20 minutes you can enjoy your rope way experience to the fullest.

Try Thalassery Biriyani

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This is one among the must try chicken dish in Malabar cuisine. Thalassery is situated in North part of Kerala; this small coastal town still has the influence of Mughal culture. Aromatic spices and dry fruits are added to this rice and chicken while cooking. The rice used for preparing this is Khaima/Jeerakasala that has a unique fragrance and texture. This dish is actually a fusion of rich Mughal food culture and local Malabar preparation.

 

5 beautiful sightseeing spots in Thekkady

Thekkady is one among the best destination in Kerala. While visiting Thekkady you can explore the rich greenery and the wild life of Kerala. I’m here listing 5 spots in Thekkady, which you guys not miss from your trip to Thekkady.

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Kumarakom bird sanctuary – A place for bird lovers

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Kumarakom bird sanctury is spread around 14 acres. The bird sanctuary is blessed with large variety of bird life.

If you are enthusiastically love birds then you should visit this place at least once. The best time for visiting this place is between June and August. This duration is the breeding season for resident wetland birds like Indian Darter, Little cormorant, different species of egrets and herons, white ibis, several species of kingfishers etc.

During November to May the place is host home for some rare species of migratory birds. The Vembanad lake body attracts waterfowl like pin-tailed duck, garganey teal, spot-billed duck, birds of prey like osprey, marsh harrier, steppe eagle etc

You can also have a boat trip to the Kaipuzha Muttu, Pathiramanal, Narakathara, Thollayiram Kayal and Poothapandi Kayal. During this trip you can watch the local bird life and migrants which could easily be more than a hundred species.

Waterscapes, the backwater resort of Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) situated near the sanctuary, has independent cottages built on stilts.

Visiting hours: 0600 to 1800 hrs

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