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They say that Christopher Columbus was looking for Kerala, the land of spices, when he accidentally stumbled upon the Americas. Today, the narrow fertile strip of land that runs along the southwest tip of India still lures visitors from all over the world. And they come in search of its other attractions – romantic backwaters, wildlife sanctuaries, sandy beaches, aromatic spice gardens, lush tea and coffee estates, charming cities..

In Kerala, nature drapes herself in gowns of vibrant hues that reflect the different moods and shades of the state. The first glimpse of this ever changing tapestry is from the sky as the aircraft soars over palm tree groves and a turquoise sea before touching down at Thiruvanathapuram airport. Those in search of relaxation and nirvana should drive straight to Kovalam.

Said to be one of the world’s 10 best beaches, it is easy to understand Kovalam’s popularity; for apart from being wrapped in peace, its silken sands and tempting warm waters beg you to relax.

Kerala beguiled with her charms once more in Quilon, the southern gateway to the backwaters, and the starting point of a romantic cruise, in a houseboat ingeniously grafted onto a traditional rice boat known as kettuvallom. Before the coming of road and rail transport, the backwaters were the main arteries of the region. It was a time when merchant vessels laden with ivory, gold and silver, silk, rubber and spices sailed for the port city of Kochi from where they were shipped to the rest of the known world. Today this vibrant waterway showcases the laidback Keralan way of life…. quaint white washed little churches, children angling, fisherman repairing their nets…
The pace of the nature trail though Kerala changes dramatically as one drives up to Periyar Tiger Reserve, draped across the folds of the Western Ghats. A motorboat, ferries visitors to the Lake Palace, a former royal hunting lodge that teeters on the edge of the forest with the lake on three sides. After a day and a night of wildlife sightings, head to Kochi, a five and a half hour drive away, careening down hairpin bends, past green-blue mountains, manicured tea estates and spice gardens. Explore Kochi, wreathed with the spicy aromas of a Malabar port. But there is still so much more.. Kozhikode or Calicut in the north where the Portuguese navigator Vasco Da Gama first landed in India in 1498, the rainforest of Waynad, the tea estates of Munnar, a stay at some of Ayurvedic spas that provide the healing touch…Yes, you have reason to keep r
eturning to God’s Own Country..

 
  TRAVELNET welcomes you to the Venice of the east with its magnificent backwaters chain. Enjoy the alluring greenery, bird sanctuary, thrilling boat races, various types of fishing nets, labor force marching and working in the eye catching paddy fields, hundreds of fishing, seasonal migrating Siberian storks.The backwaters are inland lakes connected by network of canals at a stretch 2000 kms. The popular tourist destination is Kuttanadu in between Kumarakom and Alappuzha. The lifestyle is unique and the area is 8 months a year flooded. Agriculture is the main stay of economy. Export of spices, Oil seeds and tourism also plays a main part. Alappuzha is also the annual pageantry of Nehru trophy boat race. The world famous “Kathakali” the dance drama is Kerala’s unique art and is attracted by lot of Europeans and other Tourists. Kerala or the land of coconuts, as the name denotes, is tucked away in the southwestern tip of the Indian peninsula. This narrow green strip of fertile land truly looks and feels like a tropical paradise and is an experience to relish. Renowned for its serene beaches, lush vegetation, mesmerizing backwaters, hills, spice perfumed air, and amiable culture that embraces Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Jainism and Judaism, Kerala represents a microcosm of India and has been certified by the National Geographic Traveller as one of the 10 paradises of the world. Kerala is celbrated for Kathakali; a complex and ritualized dance drama based on the ancient epics, the highly stylized martial art of Kalarippayat; and Ayurveda the primordial system of medicine that uses herbs and massage to treat a range of ailments. 
Kerala is one of the most progressive, literate and highly educated states in the country, yet has an easy-going relaxed atmosphere. Afoot and afloat, Kerala is worth the journey. It is truly God’s Own Country. Kerala abounds in a rich tradition of holistic medicine known as Ayurveda. It heals and rejuvenates too. Massages of varied kind relax the taxed body muscles and energize it making it an apt therapy for stress relief. An expert physician at the therapy center would assist you with a team of deft masseurs. Travelnet has a whole lot of package for relaxation and rejuvenation.
HOUSE BOAT SERVICES
A spacious sundeck and sit out, Enjoy the majestic Hospitality in the boat. The mouth watering world famous south Indian dishes. Everything fresh. Garden picked vegetables, sweet water fish from lakes, like karimeen, the black pearl spotted fishes which is world famous and a unique product of the Venice of the east and then the Kuttanadu konchu lobster, clams, crabs etc. All spices are  indigenous and the cooks are very special and well experienced. House boats are rented out 24 hours basis and also on hourly basis. Ideal boat is available for honey-moon couples and day trips arrangements are there for group up to 20 pax from 8 am to 7 pm. Motor boats for group and speed boats are also available for pleasure trips.
 
 

FACT FILE
Area : 38, 863 sq. km
Capital City : Thiruvanathapuram
Languages: Malayalam. English is fairly widely spoken especially in the tourist areas.
Climate: Warm and humid through the year: It rains mostly between May and September.
Getting There and Around : The state has three commercial airports at Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode and is well connected with the rest of the country by road and rail.
Accommodation: Kerala has a wide range of accommodation (including houseboats) from five-star to budget hotels.

Thriruvanathapuram /Trivandrum
The bustling capital reflects the diversity of the state.
Kovalam
Kovalam, 16 km south of Trivandrum, is Kerala’s most
celebrated tourist beach.
Kochi/Cochin
This is the commercial and cultural heart of Kerala.
Kozhikode/Calicut
Kozhikode is a rich and historic port city.
Thrissur/Trichur
The town is probably best known for the

Trichur festival, held every year around April – May.

Kottayam and Kumarakom
Once sleepy little backwater settlements, the region has seen a tourism boom.  
Call of the Wild at Thekkady

Thekkady is the closest town to Periyar Tiger Reserve.

Varkala

This beachfront town boasts several luxury resorts.
Munnar
This is a charming little hill station near the Kerala/Tamilnadu border.  
The Backwaters

The 1500 km network of canals, estuaries and lakes is known as the backwaters of Kerala.
Alleppey and Quilon

These are backwater cruise hubs.  

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