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Speciality of Kerala

Kerala is gifted with lovely beaches, hill stations, stunning backwaters, mindblowing greenery, wildlife, bird sanctuaries and rich culture. Kerala Backwaters are the most popular tourist attraction in India. From elephants to colourful butterflies, Kerala is overflowing with the wonders of nature. Throughout the world, Kerala beaches are renowned for their breathtaking beauty.

God's own country has become a popular tourist destination for both domestic and foreign travellers. This travel portal is dedicated to the beauty of Kerala providing all the information you need to make your trip to Kerala a memorable one. Here you can contact travel agents offering Kerala travel packages customized to one's needs.

Culture of Kerala

Kerala holds a place of honour among the people of India who have enriched Indian Cultural Heritage and helped the cause of national integration. The culture of Kerala is also a composite and cosmopolitan culture to which several people and races have made their significant contributions. Kerala's population comprises of a large number of the people from the Dravidians race, who also inhibit most of the southern part of India. Hinduism is the principal religion with considerable percentages of Muslims and Christians.

Kerala Fairs and Festivals

Kerala is a land of colourful festivals, which have a long history and tradition behind them. . Festivals in Kerala are an integral part of the social and cultural structure .

Onam

Onam is the most popular festival of Kerala.It is celebrated as the harvest festival in Kerala. It falls in the Malayalam month of Chingam (Aug-Sept). The image of Thrikkakara Appan (Vishnu in the form of Vamana) is installed in every Hindu home during the Onam season.Children go around collecting flowers and decorate them in the front portion of the house. Onam is also the harvest festival of Kerala. This festival provides an occasion for family get-together among the Keralites.

Vallamkali or Boat Races

Vallamkali or Boat Races is held in August . On the great backwaters of Kerala, fierce Vallom Kallies (boat races) and water carnivals erupt every year in a dramatic spectacle and hold tens of thousands of people spell-bound, cheering the action, laying bets, goading the boatmen to row faster.

Vishu

The first month of Malayalam Calendar is Medam (April-May) and the first day of Medam is celebrated as Vishu, the New Year day. It is considered propitious to view good things on this day for year round good fortune.

Attukal Pongala Festival

This is the one and the only temple festival in the world where lakhs of women assembled together to make offerings by cooking a pudding for the goddess in the Attukal temple.

Thrissur Pooram Festival

The most spectacular festival of Kerala is Thrissur Pooram. Celebrated in Medom (April-May) the festival parades the fulgent faces of Kerala culture. Christmas Festival: With a large number of Christian population in Kerala, Christmas is a festival that is celebrated with much vigour and enthusiasm in the state.. The numerous churches that are spread across the state brighten up around this time.

Mahasivarathri

Hindus celebrate Mahasivarathri, all over the world in Kumbam (Feb-March). It commemorates the day on which Lord Shiva consumed the deadly poison (Kalakuda visham) to save the world from destruction The annual Sivarathri festival held on the banks of River Periyar at Alwaye, is one of the most spectacular local festivals of Kerala, which attracts thousands of pilgrims from all over the state.

Bakrid

The Bakrid commemorates Ibrahim's (Abhraham) offering of his only son as a sacrifice in obedience to God's command. The Muslims enjoy hearty feasts on Bakrid day. The rich may sacrifice a he goat or a bullock and distribute it among Frieds, relatives and the poor. The other more important Muslim festival is Idul-Fitr, which comes after a month of strict fasting.