Almost at the left tip of the peninsular India, round Cape Comarin, lies Kerala, a strip of land embraced by the Arabian Sea down her full stretch. Kerala with her excellent coconut-palm frinzed beaches, lagoons, coves, breath taking beautiful lack waters, luscious verdure, cool green crunchy cashew nuts, colorful Kathakali, temples, synagogues and churches is a tropical travel-destination though less visited yet highly rewarding. Kerala came into being in 1956 comprising the erstwhile princely State of Travancore-Cochin and Malabar coastal district of Chennai. Today Kerala can boast of the highest literacy rate in the country. Kerala is a cosmopolitan state in the real sense of the term, for this land has welcomed all people with open arms without any distinction. Here came and settled the Phoenicians, the Romans, the Jews, the Greeks, the Portuguese, the Dutch and the English. Kerala is characterised by rich green of the paddy fields, coconut palms, luxuriant forests, coffee and rubber plantations. When north India shivers in cold during Nov. to January, Kerala remains warm, cosy and inviting.
Kerala’ s kaleidoscopic cultural canvas unfolds itself before the visitors in the form exotic smake boat races, magnificent Kathakali, the lyrical Mohiniattum dances, temple celebration and such spectacular festivals as Onam, Vishnu and Pooram. These festivals lend joy, zest and variety to routine life. The best season to visit Kerala is November to April. It has many attractions to offer to the visitors.
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This capital of Kerala is a lovely city sprawling over seven small hills with its beautiful parks, temples, broad avenues, art gallery, zoological gardens and above all the fascinating Kovalam beach, 16 km. south of the city. The following spots in and around Trivandrum worth visiting.
Padmnabham Swamy Temple
The family deity of the former rulers of the State, Sri Anant Padmabham Swamy is enshrined in this temple. Located in the centre of the city and built in 1733, this shrine with its seven storey entrance gopuram is meant only for the Hindus. The Hindus have to wear white Dhoties to enter it. Non- Hindus are not allowed at all. The white Dhoti can be hired from a nearby shop for a rupee.
Museum & Art Gallery
The museum contains a fine collection of bronzes, ornaments. carvings and temple cars and local objects of art sand crafts The Art Gallery or Chi tralaya is another interesting place here for an art enthusiast. Besides the foreign Masters, on display here are also paintings from Indian Masters including those of Ravi Verma.
Kovalam, the star attraction of Trivandrum,
25 km south of the city, is an enchanting sea-resort. It is
one of the best in the world. Here silvery white sands, mellow
sun shine, dark green palms swaying so gracefully all along
the coast, perfect swimming, marvelous views of the seascape
and a lot of fun thrill the visitor. Then, there is Ashok Beach
Resort, a five star luxury hotel. perched on a rocky hill overlooking
the Arabian Sea. It offers rejuvenating Ayurvedic Massage and
Yoga facilities apart from the other luxury items. The hotel
has its own private part of the beach and an open air theatre
where Kathakali dances are performed. Kovalam is accessible
by service buses, taxis and cars.
Trivandrum is air-linked with Mumbai and Chennai and very well connected with Delhi. Mumbai, Chennai, Mangalore, Ernakulam, Bangalore and other cities by trains. There are regular buses to Bangalore, Mysore, Chennai, Kanyakumari and other towns in Kerala from the main bus station opposite the railway station. There are many good 2 star hotels near Railway Station as also good tourist homes etc. for visitors stay.
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