Kerala, the abode of true serenity and mysticism of the Indian subcontinent, has a bizarre Hindu mythology associated with it's origin. According to this mythology many thousand years back, the sixth Avtaar (Incarnate) of lord Vishnu descended on earth as Pashurama.
The aim behind his incarnation was to slay evil demons. After Pashuram battled and defeated the demons, the axe he used to slay them was thrown in the Arabian Sea, where the axe landed, a land arose from the depth of the ocean know as Kerala.
The original inhabitants of Indian subcontinent were the Dravidians, who are now chiefly found in south India unlike other parts of the country where Dravidians were eroded and pushed back to the south due to the indo-Aryan migration. Dravidians have managed to defend and preserve the ancient literature, art, and architecture of Hinduism.
Touring Kerala which has such an elaborated past make it a very interesting destinations for travelers to explore. The temples of Kerala are some perfect example of this perseverance; the temples in Kerala never faced the plunders and demolitions by the hands of the Muslim rulers unlike the temples in the Northern parts of the country that were completely ruined.
The most magnificent feature of these temples is that they reflect purely Indian architectural style and do not have any Islamic architect influences. Hence the temples in Kerala are steep and pointed, covered with copper sheet in conical or pyramidal format and rarely get to see and dome structure or features like jali and jarokha of the Mughal architecture.
The smooth mud and lime walls are meticulously carved, rock cave temples are also found here. Ambalapuzha, Kalpathy temple, Thalli temple, Chottanikkara temple, Guruvayoor temple, Mangla Devi and Thiruvallatem are some typical keralite temples.
Kerala inherits a rich culture that has evolved since thousands of years. The native performing art includes the Sanskrit drama or theatre and UNESCO recognized Human Heritage art- Kathakali. Carnatic music is another feature of this place, which is an amalgamation of various Ragas and Talas. Sopanam is the background music given while performing Kathakali. Martial art performance is another example of the rich flourishing culture of Kerala.
Kerala is famous for its relaxing and subtle backwaters that have been a major tourist attraction. Thousands of tourists coming in this beautiful land yearn for a mesmerizing experience in the Kerala Backwaters. The backwaters of Alleppey also called the Venice of the east, is the most famous among the other Kerala Backwaters Kottayam is another fabulous option in this category of Kerala Backwaters.
Other than temples and Backwaters, Kerala is a land for many other magnificent places like the Periyar wildlife sanctuary where one can sail through the dense forest exploring the wild and encountering the beast from such proximity. The large spreads of plantations in Munnar and Kumily is another alluring feature of god's own country Kerala; whose soil is blessed with flourishing Plantations ranging from various spices, rubber, tea and coffee whose aroma naturally heals the environment. The charm and aroma of these exclusive Kerala plantations can leave anyone awestricken with its purity, thus a compulsory element of any Kerala Tour Packages.
Ayurveda that finds its origin way back to the sacred text of the Vedas dated several thousands years back can be experienced in Kerala. The spice village is the ultimate destination for Ayurvedic therapy under the guidance of an Ayurveda professional where get a spiritual experience of discovering inner self by practicing meditation and yoga, and what could be the best place than Marari beach where one can have these relaxing session to heal themselves from various mental and physical burnouts. For shopping spree it's always a good idea to take back some art pieces made of coir or coconut shell as souvenirs while for food lovers the cuisine is garnished with lots spices and coconut, with delicious seafood worth relishing.