Kerala, also known as ‘God’s own country, is located on the southwestern coast of India. It is dotted with a 600km stretch of the Arabian Sea to the west and the Western Ghats to the east. The peaceful and long backwaters, serene hill stations, tea, coffee and spice plantations, and palm and coconut trees throughout the topography form the image of Kerala.
Kerala experiences varied climates, with hot and humid summers and heavy monsoons lasting from June to October. The winters are pleasant. However, in hilly areas of the state, the temperatures can drop down to 5C. November to February is ideal times to venture to Kerala, though one can visit Kerala in the summers.
Kerala’s culture has been influenced by various countries worldwide, such as British, Dutch, Portuguese, French, etc. You can witness all these through the structures present in the state, such as – forts, ancient caves, palaces, rock-cut temples, cathedrals and churches.
Kerala is artistically spirited and known for dance forms like Kathakali and Mohiniattam. They also closely follow and practice Carnatic music. Essences of this can be experienced at various locations in Kerala.