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Kerala – God’s Own Country

Kerela - God’s Own Country

Kerela - God’s Own Country

Whenever anyone thinks of paradise on earth, they usually stray northwards. But these days, due to increased terrorist activities, Kashmir doesn’t have its old charm anymore. One of the most beautiful places on earth today is most certainly Kerala. Its lush greenery, peaceful environment and calm, placid waters certainly make visitors to the land understand why people call it God’s own country. It is a land that appears to be chosen by God himself. The serene beauty of the land and the peaceful environment take one’s breath away.

Kerala is a land that is not just famous for its scenic beauty. Its scenic beauty includes dense green forests, beautiful plantations spread over huge acres of land, Mountains full of wildlife and exotic varieties of flowers and beautiful birds. It also is the home to some of the most breathtaking backwaters in the world. Kerala’s landscape includes acres and acres of greenery, with clear blue skies for most part of the year.  Since it is close to the equator, it receives a good amount of rainfall. Here, you will notice that tropical fruits like bananas and coconuts are much larger in size and much sweeter than the varieties available in any other part of India. The people here are warm, friendly and peace loving.

Kerala is a very unique state in India. This is because unlike the rest of the country, here the literacy rate is 100%. Everybody here knows how to read and write, and is well educated up to at least some level. The society is not male dominated unlike other societies. Until independence, many Hindu communities in Kerala followed the marumakkathayam system, which is matrilineal, and thus, Kerala’s society is one of the most liberal societies in India. Here, women are not considered to be dependent, and are treated fairly and justly, unlike in most other states in India. Thus Kerala is one of the most modern societies in India.

Munnar is one of the must-visit places in Kerala. It is situated amidst 3 mountains, and is home to beautiful waterfalls and plantations. You can really have a great holiday here – especially during the summer. There are waterfalls, trekking regions, and mountain biking paths here, among the other attractions that can really amaze you into wonderment. There is also the Eravikulam national park which is home to the endangered Nilgiri Tahr, and various exotic species of butterflies and birds.

Other places to visit include the Jewish Synagogue at Fort Kochi and Vadakummnathan temple, where you can witness the spectacular sight of lakhs of devotees feeding the elephants. It is believed that by feeding the elephants, one can please Lord Ganesha, who will then take care of all your troubles and make them vanish. Kerala is also the land of ayurveda. Tourists from all over the world visit the famous ayurvedic resorts here to get treatment for various skin conditions and well as other afflictions.

So this holiday –  make your vacation more divine by visiting this beautiful and exotic land. The journey will truly be an experience that you will never forget.

About Anindita Chatterjee

Career and Education: I am currently PGDM 2nd year student (operations) from K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and research, Mumbai. I had a prior work experience of almost 2 years at Verizon Data Services India, Hyderabad, where I served as a server administrator. My work involved troubleshooting all kinds of OS and Hardware problems with Windows 2003 servers. My graduation consists of BE in IT from CBIT, Hyderabad. Social: Born in Mumbai to Bengali parents, raised in Hyderabad, studying now in Mumbai, I am pretty much the PAN Indian. I love making friends and meeting new people, although I wouldn’t really call myself a social butterfly. I love writing, and am a voracious reader – be it fiction or non-fiction. I think that one of the biggest comforts in life is being able to curl up on the couch with a great, exciting new book after a day’s work. I also enjoy all kinds of music, and I am a complete movie buff. I realise that there are grey areas in most issues, but I do call a spade a spade, when it’s glaringly obvious. I believe in God, but I’m not religious. I feel that it’s important to focus on the purpose rather than the medium used to achieve the purpose.

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