Kerala : God’s Own Country

Perfect Time to Visit: September to March & June to August

The cultural heritage of Kerala displays great interaction with diverse communities from antiquity to the present. With an array of ancient Hindu temples with copper-clad roofs, later mosques with “Malabar gables” (triangular projections at the rooftops), and Baroque church buildings from the Portuguese colonial era, the state’s architecture affords a chronicle of the social, spiritual, and political records of the area. Other generally Keralan art types include problematic artwork on wood, thematic murals, and an exquisite variety of indoor and outside lamps (from which the kingdom has earned the sobriquet “Land of Lamps”).

Literature and learning, in each Tamil and Sanskrit, have flourished in view that the 2nd century CE; meanwhile, the Malayalam language, though an offshoot of Tamil, has absorbed a lot from Sanskrit and additionally has prolific literature. Notable names in Malayalam poetry are Tunchattu Eluttaccan and Kuncan Nampiyar amongst classical poets and Kumaran Asan and Vallathol in the twentieth century. In 1889 Chandu Menon wrote Indulekha, the first exceptional novel in Malayalam, for which he received a certificate from Queen Victoria. Thakajahi Sivasankara Pillai, who produced hundreds of works before his death in 1999, has remained among the most extensively read Malayali novelists.

Most ordinary dances of Kerala pertain to the extraordinary Indian epics—the Mahabharata and the Ramayana—or to the honoring of precise Hindu deities. In Kathakali, the classical martial dance-drama of Kerala, male performers portray each male and lady characters. By contrast, the Bharat Natyam dancing, dating to early Tamil times, is practiced exclusively through females.

Kerala’s backwaters, wildlife sanctuaries, mountain ranges, and beaches will give you an ecstatic pleasure, and the serenity is sure to refresh your mind and body. Kerala is home to wild elephants, exotic birds, and the odd tiger. The state has several national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, among which the Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve is the largest.

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