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Kerala – Experience that Amounts to Pure Bliss

By Abhay Kumar Subscribe to RSS | February 14th 2012 | Views:

When you are immersed in Kerala, eternity is just round the corner. It amounts to pure bliss. There are scores who were enchanted by the beauty of Kerala. You are cordially invited to taste from the elixir.

Kerala is situated in the Malabar Coast of south western India. With its pristine beaches, mist veiled hill stations, winding backwaters, enchanting wildlife, emerald landscape and suave art forms Kerala attracts millions to its fold.

This emerald piece of land is cradled between Western Ghats and Arabian Sea. Western Ghats homes many enchanting hill stations and exotic fauna and flora. Some of the prominent hill stations of Kerala are Munnar, Wayanad, Wagamon, Peermade, Nelliampathi and Ponmudi. Out of these Munnar is the destination Kerala tour operators include mainly in their packages. Munnar is a mist shrouded hill station blessed with salubrious climate. Situated at one thousand and six hundred meters above sea level, this gorgeous paradise is located near the confluence of three mountain streams – Maduppetti, Nallathani and Kundala. Once a summer resort of British, Munnar extends its magic touch which is refreshing, soothing and gentle to millions who comes in expectation of savoring it. With its rolling hills, undulating meadows, sprawling tea gardens, gorgeous colonial bungalows, cascading waterfalls and gushing brooks Munnar is ideal for trekking and mountain biking. There are also many interesting sightseeing spots nearby Munnar like Eravikulam National park, Anamudi Peak, Mattupetty, Pallivasal, Chinnakanal, Anayirangal, Rajamalai, Echo Point, Top station and Tea Museum. Eravikulam National Park is home to Nilgiri Tahrs - an endangered species. There is also a unique event which happens every twelve years. It is the blooming of Neelakurunji. Munnar hills are covered with carpet of blue and it is a marvelous sight.

The prominent beaches of tourism Kerala are Kovalam, Cherai, Varkala, Kappad, Muzhappilangad and Bekal. Of these Kovalam is the more frequented. Tourism potential of Kovalam was discovered by Travancore Kings and it is one of the oldest known tourist spots of India. Kovalam shot into prominence when in ninety seventies, hippies thronged to this place in large numbers. Kovalam found a place in global tourism map with that event. Kovalam is situated thirteen kilometers away from Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala and is easily accessible through road. The seas of Kovalam are not too deep and you can walk up to hundred meters into sea. This fact along with clement weather makes it safe haven for swimming. The white sandy beaches are also inviting for sunbathing. It is an invitation most find unable to resist. There are attractive coral reefs near the shore. For an underwater view tourists can go snorkeling. They also can have rides in catamaran rowed by local fishermen. To add to all these, the accommodation facilities available in Kovalam are top class. Most of the resorts in Kovalam are situated in the precincts of beach that tourists can stay in the ambience throughout the stay. One of the endearing quality of Kovalam is that it has not lost its innocence despite being highly crowded and commercialized.

Thekkady is famous for the Periyar wildlife sanctuary it homes. This sanctuary is surrounded by an artificial lake formed by Mulla Periyar dam. By having a boat ride in the lake surrounding landscape and wildlife can be savored. Elephant coming in hordes to play in the lake is a prominent attraction of Thekkady.

Abhay Kumar - About Author:
Abhay is an eminent analyst and writer in Travel & Tourism related topics. He has authored many books on tour guide for Munnar Tourism.

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