|The small state of Kerala, which
represents just 1% of the land mass, is considered to be one of
India's most beautiful state. It is a very rural state with most of
the population living in villages but is culturally and scenically
diverse. Kerala has two national parks, ten wildlife sanctuaries and
two bird sanctuaries.
Kerala occupies a long (550km),
narrow strip of land in the far south of India. Its coastline is on
the Arabian Sea (part of the Indian Ocean) and its eastern border
with the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu is the top of the majestic
Western Ghat mountains. The landscape varies from long golden
beaches to cool hill stations and dense green jungle to bustling
cities. Its unique feature is the 1,900km of palm fringed
The people of Kerala are warm and friendly and
interaction with them is often a highlight of a holiday to Kerala.
Keralites have a strong culture and are fiercely proud of their
state. Some of their art forms (eg Kathakali and Theyyam) and
martial arts (kalaripayattu) are unique.