Kerala

Kerala, famously known as

Updated: October 22, 2018

Kerala, famously known as "God's Own Country", is a tiny sliver of paradise consisting of Languid backwaters, leafy coastlines, sprawling tea gardens, and coconut vendors at every corner.
It is a tiny sliver of paradise that is one of best tourist destinations one can possibly look for. Kerala is a state on the southwestern, Malabar Coast of India. It was formed on 1 November 1956 following the States Reorganization Act by combining Malayalam-speaking regions. Spread over 38,863 km square, it is bordered by Karnataka to the north and northeast, Tamil Nadu to the east and south, and the Lakshadweep Sea to the west.  Kerala is the 13th largest Indian state by population. It is divided into 14 districts with the capital being Thiruvananthapuram. Malayalam is the most widely spoken language and is also the official language of the state. It is known as one of the ten paradises of the world with 25 percent of India's 15,000 plant species are in Kerala. Out of the 4,000 flowering plant species, 1,272 of which are endemic to Kerala, 900 are medicinal, and 159 are threatened.
Altogether, 24 percent of Kerala is forested that include include tropical wet evergreen and semi-evergreen forests, tropical moist and dry deciduous forests and montane subtropical and temperate (shola) forests. Kerala is known for long palm tree beaches, beautiful rivers, pious inland waterbodies and a calm, green atmosphere.
Apart from lush green and lovely hills of Wayanad and Idukki, beaches like Kovalam and Varkala and backwater destinations including Alleppey and Kumarakom are some of the must visit place of Kerala. The long coastline provides ample opportunity for fishing which are surrounded by coconut trees. The backwaters, wildlife sanctuaries, mountain ranges and beaches give you ecstatic pleasure, and the serenity refreshes your mind and body. Three of the world's Ramsar Convention listed wetlands, Lake Sasthamkotta, Ashtamudi Lake and the Vembanad-Kol wetlands are in Kerala, along with the vast Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.
Kerala cuisine has a multitude of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes prepared using fish, poultry, and meat. Rice is a dominant staple that is eaten at all times of day. A majority of the breakfast foods in Kerala are made out of rice, in one or the other form as idli, puttu, appam, or idiyappam, tapioca preparations, or pulse-based vada. These may be accompanied by chutney, kadala, payasam, payar pappadam, appam, chicken curry, beef fry, egg masala and fish curry.
Lunch dishes include rice and curry along with rasam, pulisherry and sambar.
Sadhya is a vegetarian meal, which is served on a banana leaf and followed with a cup of payasam. Popular snacks include banana chips, yam crisps, tapioca chips, unniyappam and kuzhalappam. Seafood specialties include karimeen, prawns, shrimp and other crustacean dishes.

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