Along a sun drenched coastline, to the south west of India, lies beautiful palm fringed Kerala. Set between the Arabian sea and the mountains of the Western Ghats, Kerala offers a wide variety of scenery for the traveller to enjoy. The average elevation of the Ghats is about 1500 metres above sea level, occasionally soaring to peaks of 2000 to 2500 metres. From the Ghats, the land slopes west on to the plains and a long sandy coastline referred to as the Malabar coast.
Kerala is a land of excellent beaches, coconut trees, spice hills, delicious cuisine, and waterways which are commonly referred to as the Backwaters. Visitors to Kerala can take a trip on the Backwaters ranging from an hour or two in a tiny boat to a few days in a kettuvallam with luxury accommodation.
Popular activities to seek out in Kerala include Yoga, Ayurveda massage treatments, Kalaripayattu (Kerala martial arts), Kathakali Dance Drama, Snake Boat Races and Theyyam - a ritual dance, popular in North Kerala.
The climate of Kerala is tropical. From April to end of July the temperature is around 33°C. Kerala receives heavy rainfall during the months between June and November. This can be tremendous fun, though it must be noted that moisture in the monsoon air can give a damp feel to clothing. From October to February the temperature drops and is very pleasant. This is the best time to visit Kerala.
Kerala is marketed by the KTDC (Kerala Tourism Development Corporation) as 'Gods Own Country'. It is one of the most beautiful natural scenic spots in Asia, especially the Kerala Backwaters and the Spice Hills.