prominent tourist spot

Kerala is known as the 'God's Own Country' and is also quoted as one of the most beautiful paradises of the world. It is the most unique place where one can experience an equitable climate, see the most beautiful extensive backwaters and beautiful beaches, hill stations, wildlife sanctuaries, architectural wonders and taste the mouthwatering cuisines. Kerala offers a wide range of tourism possibilities including boating, trekking, sightseeing, pilgrimage etc.

The most popular attractions in Kerala include the three beaches at Kovalam - the Samudra, the Lighthouse Beach and the Hawah Beach, the beach at Cherai and the Varkala beach. There are hill stations at Munnar, Nelliampathi, Ponmudi and Wayanad were one can engage in a variety of adventures. There are national parks and wildlife sanctuaries at Periyar and Eravikulam National Park. There are the unique backwaters and an extensive network of interlocking rivers, lakes, and canals at Alleppey, Kumarakom, Ernakulam etc. Heritage sites, such as the Padmanabhapuram Palace, Hill Palace, Mattancherry Palace are also worth a visit. The popular cities such as Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram are popular shopping centres. Kerala's traditional art forms will surely mesmerize you.

Kerala government promotes ecologically sustained tourism, which focuses on the local culture, wilderness adventures, volunteering and growth of the local population of the state. Efforts are taken to enhance the cultural integrity of local people and keep the adverse effects of traditional tourism on the natural environment to a minimum.