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Art & Culture Of Kerala

Tourism in Kerala

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  • Tea gardens
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Art & Culture In Kerala

An amalgamation of Dravidian and Aryan cultures and heritage, the unique culture of Kerala has developed over the years as one of the richest in the country. The native traditions of classical performing arts such as Koodiyattom, Kathakali, Koothu, Mohiniyaattam, Thullal, Thirayattam, Padayani, Theyyam, Kummattikali, Kannyar Kali, Oppana and Margam Kali. These include dances, dance-dramas and tribal folk art forms. Kathakali is a 300-year-old dance form that combines major aspects of opera, ballet, masque, and pantomime art forms.

The Keralite music, world renowned, is quite influenced by Carnatic Music. The major genres and sub-genres of traditional music in Kerala includes melam, which is especially performed in temples and religious festivals. It is a percussive style of music, and quite popular among tourists as well as locals.

Other major aspects of Keralite culture includes literature, folklore and martial arts such as Kalaripayattu. Kerala is also home to a plethora of temples, and most of them celebrate annual festivals. Some aspects of these annual festivals are unique to the region, as well as unique to the temple itself. The importance of elephants in Kerala culture is also highly defined. They are given a very prestigious place and are considered indispensable for temple festivals. The Malayali people in the state make sure to maintain and keep building on the rich cultural heritage of the state.


Cochin Carnival In Kochi

The most unique aspect of tourism in Kochi that cannot be found anywhere else is the amazing Cochin carnival in Kochi that takes place in the aesthetically beautiful area of Fort Kochi every year in the last week of December. There are a lot of other reasons to visit Kochi, such as the scenic beaches, wonderful activities ...

  • Cultural shows
  • Live Shows
  • Shopping

Chinese Fishing Nets In Kochi

The Chinese fishing nets in Kochi  are particularly famous for adding additional beauty to the beaches and the mundane waters. They are one of the most photographed sites in Kochi, and deservingly so. Their silhouettes against the sunset create a breathtaking view. The Nets are a famous tourist attraction as the mechanisms ...

  • Sightseeing
  • Fishing trip
  • Ideal For Family

Folklore Museum In Kochi

Folklore Junction, Thevara, Cochin Kerala, South India.

The Folklore Museum in Kochi aims at providing education and knowledge to the art lovers, researchers, and travelers from all over the world. This museum is the only museum that is built with exquisite architecture in the whole of Kerala. The wood and bronze sculptures, ancient terracotta, jewelry, paintings from the stone ...

  • Family Trip
  • Historic sightseeing
  • Museum of Art History

Santa Cruz Basilica In Kochi

Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica Fort Cochin, Cochin-682001 Kerala, India.

Santa Cruz Basilica is a Roman Catholic Church in Fort Kochi and one of the eight basilicas in India, making it an extremely special location for tourists. They visit the Basilica to admire the architectural structure. The architecture resonates with the classic Gothic architecture that can be seen in many Roman countries. ...

  • Religious Tour
  • Historical Sites
  • Ideal for families
  • Family Trip

Bolgatty Palace in Kochi

Bolgatty Palace, Bolgatty, Ernakulam, Kerala 682504

The Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) operates a luxurious island resort in Kochi that is the oldest Dutch palace outside of Holland. Read more about Bolgatty Palace timings and history below:

Bolgatty Palace History

The lavish Bolgatty Palace in Kochi on a fascinating island was constructed in 1744 by the D...

  • Sightseeing
  • Historical Sites
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Mattancherry Palace in Kochi

Mattancherry, Kochi, Kerala 682002

A double-storeyed structure exemplifying the blend of colonial and Kerala architectural styles faces the tranquil backwaters of Kochi in the neighbourhood of Mattancherry.

Built by the Portuguese in 1555, the Mattancherry Palace was presented to the erstwhile ruler, Raja Veera Kerala Varma of Kingdom of Cochin. It was re...

  • Sightseeing
  • Historical Sites
  • Ideal For Family

Tea Museum in Munnar

Nullatanni, Munnar, Kerala 685612

Opened by Tata Tea group in 2005, the Tea Museum diligently displays the origin and evolution of century-old tea plantations in Munnar. The museum is among the most significant places to visit in Munnar. This industry and history museum is located at Munnar town in the Idukki district of Kerala in South India. Officially na...

  • Nature
  • Tea Museum
  • Tea gardens

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Sharing a houseboat or having one exclusively to yourself depends on the package you have taken. Share your requirements with the travel agent in advance to avoid last minute hassles.

With most airlines imposing a 20 kg limit on baggage, one must make sure to not bring excess baggage. Sunscreen and mosquito repellant are a must have, apart from airy cotton apparels and comfortable footwear. Also make sure that you leave enough space inyour bags for taking back home souvenirs from the state.

Some temples in Kerala do not allow photography of the idols and the temple premises. Also, Indian government prohibits photography of bridges and hydroelectric projects in the state

During the off-season, hill stations like Munnar are cool enough to travel to. However, places such as Alleppey and Kumarakom are pretty hot for a visit. Monsoon season does not see a lot of tourists but the lush greenery all around will ensure tourists will have a great time.

The off season in Kerala is from April to May, during which time it is too humid for comfort. The monsoon season here is from June to August.

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