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About Kerala
The state of KERALA in India is situated in the southwestern part of the country, internationally renowned for its tourist attractions and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country as well. National Geographic Traveler, the US magazine named Kerala as one of the ten paradises of the world. Kerala is well-known for its rich culture, traditions, ecotourism, beaches, backwaters, mountain ranges, wildlife sanctuaries, lake resorts, ayurveda medical tourism & spas, hill stations, palaces and temples are a few to name. No wonder the tag line ‘Kerala – God’s own country’ has become globally popular as a super brand.
 
Connectivity - All the cities and towns in Kerala are well connected by road from rest of the country apart from rail transport.
Airport - Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, Cochin International Airport (CIAL), Nedumbassery, Calicut International Airport, Karipur
 
Art of Kerala
Hindu Arts : Ayyappan Vilakku, Shastham paatu, Kathakali, Chakyar Koothu, Nangiar Koothu,Mohiniyattam, Thirayattam, Theyyam, Padayani, Thiyyattu, Koodiyattam, Kerala Natanam, Panchavadyam, Thullal, Tholpavakoothu, Ottamthullal, Garudan Thookkam, Kolam Thullal, Poorakkali, Mudiyett, Kummattikali, Kuthiyottam, Thiriyuzhichil, Kalaripayattu, Mangalamkali, Marathukali, Malayikuthu, Mukkanchathan, Charadupinnikkali, Kothammuriyattam, Sopanam, Thacholikali, Sarpam Thullal, Pulluvan, Paattu, Poothan and Thira, Yakshagana in Kasaragod, Kanyar kali in northern Palakkad district, Purattu Nadakam in Palakkad district, Pavakoothu, Kaalakali, Thiruvathira, Krishnanattam, Koodiyattam
Muslim Arts : Oppana, Mappila Paattu, Kolkali, Duff Muttu, Arabana muttu
Christian Arts : Margam Kali, Chavittu Nadakam, Parichamuttukali
 
Wellknown Beaches
Alappuzha Beach, Bekal, Chavakkad Beach, Cherai Beach, Kappad, Kappkadavu, Kollam Beach, Kovalam, Marari Beach, Meenkunnu Beach, Muzhappilangad Beach, Thekkumbhagam, Payyambalam Beach, Shankumugham Beach, Snehatheeram Beach, Thirumullavaram Beach, Varkala Beach
 
Backwater Cruises
Cruising on houseboats (Kettuvallam) in emerald and jade backwaters of Kerala through the lagoons spread over the coastal lines of Arabian Sea gives a breathtaking experience and the only of its kind in the world. These luxury houseboats offer a wide range of air conditioned accommodations; as well provide the typical and traditional Kerala cuisines during the stay and cruise. This is one of the major tourist attractions of Kerala.
 
Hill Stations

Hill Stations in Kerala spread over the Western Ghats on an elevation of 500 to 3000 meters draw a huge number of tourists from the country and abroad throughout the year. And the well known destinations are –  MunnarVagamonPaithalmalaWayanadNelliyampathi, ElapeedikaPeermadeThekkady and Ponmudi. The lush green valleys sprawled over with tea, coffee and spices plantations as well the cliffs make one’s breath away with its mesmerizing view. The unmatched tranquil virgin nature and the cool and pleasant weather all through the year make every traveler get the utmost excitement.

 
Wildlife
National Park : Eravikulam National Park, Periyar National Park, Silent Valley National Park, Anamudi Shola National Park, Mathikettan Shola National Park, Pambadum Shola National Park
Wildlife Sanctuary : Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Peechi-Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary, Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary, Chimmony Wildlife sanctuary, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary, Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary, Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary, Kurinjimala Sanctuary
 
Tiger Reserve

Periyar Tiger Reserve, Parambikulam Tiger Reserve

Waterfalls
Adyanpara Falls, near Nilambur, Aruvikkuzhi, near MaramonKozhencherry in Pathanamthitta District, Aruvikkuzhi, near PallickathodeKottayam District, Athirappilly Falls, Charpa Falls, Cheeyappara Falls, near Adimali, Chethalayam Falls, in Wayanad, Kumbhavurutty Falls in Kollam district, Lakkom Water Falls, Madatharuvi Falls, near Ranny in Pathanamthitta District, Marmala waterfall, Meenmutty Falls, Thiruvananthapuram, Meenmutty Falls, in Wayanad, Mulamkuzhi, near Malayattoor in Ernakulam District, Panieli Poru waterfalls Ernakulam, Palaruvi Falls, in Aryankavu near Punalur in Kollam district, Pattathippara Falls, Perunthenaruvi Falls, Siruvani Waterfalls Palakkad, Soochipara Falls Sentinelrock falls, in Wayanad, Thommankuthu Falls, near Thodupuzha, Thusharagiri Falls, Valara Falls, near Adimali, Vazhachal Falls, near Athirappilly,Vazhvanthol waterfalls Trivandrum
 
Awards
The state has won numerous awards for its tourism initiatives. These include:
2016 - ITB-Berlin’s Golden City Gate Gold Award for Kerala tourism
2014 - ITB-Berlin's Golden City Gate Gold Award for Print Campaign
2014 -UNWTO Ulysses Award for Innovation in Public Policy and Governance for Sustainable Tourism
2012 - Kerala Tourism wins silver prize at the Golden Gate Award of the Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin
2005 - Nominated as one among the three finalists at the World Travel and Tourism Council's 'Tourism for Tomorrow' awards in the destination category
Das Golden Stadttor Award for Best Commercial, 2006
   
Pacific Asia Travel Association
Grand award for Environment, 2006 Gold Award for Ecotourism, 2004
Gold award for Ecotourism, 2006 Gold Award for CD-ROM, 2004 and 2003
Gold award for Publication, 2006 Gold Award for Marketing, 2003
Gold Award for E-Newsletter, 2005 Grand Award for Heritage, 2002
Honorable Mention for Culture, 2005 Pacific Asia Travel Writers Association
Gold Award for Culture, 2004 International Award for Leisure Tourism, 2000–2001

 

Governement of India
Best Performing Tourism State, 2005 Best Innovative Tourism Project, 2004
Best Maintained Tourist-friendly Monument, 2005 Best Promotion Literature, 2004
Best Publishing, 2005 Best Publishing, 2004
Best Marketed and Promoted State, 2004. Best Performing State for 2003, 2001, 2000 and 1999 - Award for Excellence in Tourism.
Best Maintained Tourist-friendly Monument, 2004 Best Practices by a State Government, 2003
Best Eco-tourism Product, 2003 Best Wildlife Sanctuary, 2003
Most Innovative Use of Information Technology, 2003 and 2001 Most Tourist-friendly International Airport, 2002
Most Eco-friendly Destination, 2002 Best Tourism Film, 2001 ( madivilikkunnu star in pavnlal )
 
Outlook Traveler - TAAI
Best State that promoted Travel & Tourism, 2000–2001
 
Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry Galileo - Express Travel & Tourism
Award for Best Marketing, 2003 Award for the Best Tourism Board, 2006
Award for Best Use of IT in Tourism, 2003 Award for the Best State Tourism Board, 2003
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