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Kerala at brief – Your Personal pocket guide

A Short  journey  …

Kerala, historically known as Keralam formed on 1st of November 1956 with a population of 3.33 Cr spread across 14 districts with Thiruvananthapuram as its capital. Kerala is also famously known as “Gods Own Country” or “Land of Coconut Tress” & “Spice Garden of India”. Legends state that Kerala was created by Parshuram (a famous ancient sage) that’s why it’s called Gods Own Country. Vasco da Gama discovered the sea route to India from Europe when he landed near Calicut in 1498 AD. Malayalam is the official language of Kerala & one of the interesting aspect of MALAYALAM spelling is that it is a Palindrome, ie it can be read same backwards as forwards. Kerala is the richest states in India with forests & plantations of rubber, cashew, and coconuts. It has a particularly rich heritage of dance & drama such as Kathakali, Koothu & Mohiniattam. Kerala is renowned all over the world for its backwaters, natural beauty, health resorts & beach.

 

OMG Kerala facts …

Highest Literacy Rate in India – 94% ; Highest Human Development Index ; Highest Life Expectancy – 77 years ; Highest Sex Ration ; Lowest Population Growth ; Highest Foreign Remittances from Gulf countries ; Highest Media exposure in India.

What Kerala celebrates …

Onam It is a harvest festival celebrated by the people of Kerala consisting of a four day public holidays. Onam falls in the Malayalam month of Chingam (August–September) & marks the commemoration of the Vamana Avatara of Lord Vishnu & the subsequent homecoming of King Mahabali (King of Kerala) It is one of the festivals celebrated with cultural elements such as Vallam Kali (Snake Boat Race), Pulikali (Tiger Dance) Pookkalam (Flower Rangoli), Thumbi Thullal & Onavillu.

 

What’s famous …

Coconuts

Spices Houseboats Traditional Saris

Ayurveda

Varieties of Tea

Backwaters

Temples

Coconut Oil

Banana Chips Elephants

Lungi

Marital Art

Kathakali Kerala Fish

Jackfruit

Rubber Gold Halwa

Kerala Papad

Must do  Activities…

Activity

Where

Spice Garden Visit

Munnar/Thekkady

Tea Plantation

Munnar
Ayurvedic Message

Munnar/Thekkady

Elephant Ride

Munnar/Thekkady

Kathakali Show

Munnar/Thekkady

Martial Art Show

Munnar/Thekkady

Jeep Safari

Munnar/Thekkady

Backwater Cruising

Alleppey

Poovar Boating

Poovar

Famous Shopping Stop …

Shopping Items

Where

Kerala Saris

Any locations

Kerala Spices

Munnar/Thekkady
Tea Powder

Munnar/Thekkady

Banana Chips

Any locations

Homemade Chocolates

Munnar/Thekkady

Coconut Oils

Any locations

Kerala Papad & Halwa

Any locations
Ayurvedic Medicines

Munnar/Thekkady

Entry/Activity Fees …

Location

Attractions Timing Note

Price

Cochin Dutch Palace 10 AM – 1 PM

2 PM – 4.45 PM

Friday Closed Rs.5
Jew Synagogue 10 AM – 1 PM

3 PM -5 PM

Friday & Saturday Closed Rs.5
Jew Street 10 AM – 6 PM Open All Days Free
St.Francis Church 7 AM -6.30 PM Open All Days Free
Chinese Fishing Net NA Open All Days Free
Munnar Eravikulam Park 7.30 AM – 4 PM Open All Days Rs.90
Rose Garden 10 AM – 04.30 PM Open All Days Rs.30
Photo Point NA Open All Days Free
Mattupetty Dam NA Open All Days Free
EcoPoint 10 AM – 05 PM Open All Days Rs.5
Tea Factory 10 AM – 05 PM Open All Days Rs.100
Thekkady Periyar Forest 6 AM -5 PM Open All Days Rs.35
Periyar Boating 7.30 AM,9.30 AM,11.15 AM,1.45 PM & 3.30 PM Open All Days Rs.225
Kathakali Show 5 PM & 7 PM Open All Days Rs.200
Martial Art Show 6 PM & 8 PM Open All Days Rs.200
Elephant Ride 10 AM – 6 PM Open All Days Rs.400
Spice Garden Visit 10 AM – 6 PM Open All Days Rs.100
Alleppey Shikara Boating NA Open All Days Rs.1,500

Per Hour

Trivandrum Padmanabhaswamy Temple 6.30-7 AM,8.30-10 AM,10.30-11 AM,11.45-12 PM,5-6.15 PM,6.45-7.20 PM Open All Days Free
Zoo 9 AM -5.15 PM Monday Closed Rs.20
Kovalam Beach NA Open All Days Free
Poovar Boating 10 AM – 5.30 PM Open All Days Rs.2,500

Per Boat

Kanyakumari Vivekananda Rock 8 AM -4 PM Open All Days Rs.54
Trivani Sangam NA Open All Days Free
Gandhi Madapam 7 AM -7 PM Open All Days Free

This rates are only for you references & it may vary time to time accordingly made by its respective institution/Govt/Private Governing Body.

 

 

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