| Kerala is India's southernmost state on the
western coast. An abundance of lush greenery, lakes, lagoons
and lovely beaches makes it a vertible tropical paradise.Tall
palms reach up to the sky, and the sun warms them the whole
year through, while the backwaters wash the green rice-fields
and the luxuriant palm groves. Kerala's fabled Malabar Coast
was visited by Marco Polo in 1324 to find Christianity already
flourishing here.In as early as 10th century B.C., King Solomon
sent his fleet to Ophir (near Trivandrum) to buy timber, sandalwood
and ivory (as well as spices, peacocks and various other things)
for the construction of a temple in Jerusalem.
The Jews, too, came here as traders, some of who were lured
by the beauty of the land to become permanent settlers here.
More settlers came from Palestine in 70 A.D. and 136 A.D.
when Jerusalem had been completely ransacked. It is believed
that Apostle Thomas came here more than 19 centuries ago,
and founded seven churches in Kerala.
A grand parade of exquisitely bedecked elephants covering
four important tourist destinations - Trichur, Cochin, Alleppey,
Thiruvananthapuram - over 4 days, marks the festivites of
the Great Elephant March.
Kerela is also a paradise for tourist who is keen to go for
ayurveda and spa - the ancient Indian system of medicine,
offers you two kinds of options - rejuvenative and therapeutic.
Both, in addition to treating an ailment, stress on its prevention.
They believe in treating not just the affected part but the
individual as a whole.
Area: 38,864 sq. km
Population: 33 million
Capital: Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Main Language: Malayalam
Best time to visit: October to March
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