Kerala often referred to as “Keralam” or “God’s own country” is a state in south-west region of India. Kerala is a very beautiful state famous for its greenery, flora and fauna. Its culture and traditions coupled with varied demographics have made Kerala one of the most popular tourist destinations. National Geographic’s traveller magazine names Kerala as one of the “ten paradises of the world” and “50 must see destinations of a lifetime”. ‘Travel and Leisure’ names Kerala as “one of the 100 great trips for the 21st century”.
Kerala’s beaches, backwaters, mountain ranges and wild-life sanctuaries are major attractions for both domestic and international tourists. Also, Kerala is famous for its eco-tourism and ayurvedic- health tourism centres. Beaches like Kovalam, Varkala, Sangumugham, Muzhappilangad are internationally known tourist spots. Some popular hill-stations are Munnar, Wayanad, Wagamon, Ponmudi etc. Some eco-tourism destinations are Silent Valley National Park, Periyar Tiger Reserve, Eravikulam National Park etc. Backwaters of Kerala provide a panoramic natural beauty which can be enjoyed through leisurely trips/stay in House Boats. For details see official website http://www. keralatourism.org/