Kerala, located on the tropical Malabar Coast at the southwestern tip of India, enjoys unique geographical features that have made it one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in India and abroad.
|Kerala Quick Facts|
|Location||Southwestern tip of India|
|Area||38,863 sq km|
|Language||Malayalam. English is widely spoken|
|Religion||Hinduism, Christianity, Islam|
|Time Zone||IST (UTC+05:30)|
|Summer||February – May (24 – 330C)|
|Monsoon||June – August (22 – 280C) October – November|
|Winter||November – January (22 – 320C)|
Geographically, Kerala is broadly divided into three climatically distinct regions: the eastern rugged and cool mountainous terrain, the central rolling hills, and the coastal plains all of which represent the uniqueness of nature. Also referred to as ‘God’s Own Country’, Kerala was also selected by the National Geographic Traveller as one of the fifty destinations of a lifetime and one of the thirteen paradises in the world.
Kerala is especially known for its backwaters, ayurvedic treatments and tropical greenery along with eco-tourism initiatives. Its unique culture and traditions, coupled with its varied demographics, has made Kerala one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. A unique advantage of Kerala is that most of the destinations here are just two to five hour drive from each other.
Kerala has 14 districts or administrative divisions. The major cities are Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode. The state has three major international airports at Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, and Kozhikode, that link the state with the rest of the nation and the world.
The climate of Kerala is tropical monsoon with seasonally excessive rainfall and hot summer. Kerala doesn’t have distinct seasons. The region experiences two rainy seasons: The Southwest monsoon from June to August and the Northeast monsoon during October / November. From January to February, Kerala experiences pleasant and cool weather conditions.