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Kerala Travel GuideKerala is a state in Southern India, famous for its culture, spices, beaches and backwaters. It is also one of the most literate and prosperous states in India. Keralalites call their state "God's own country" and it is blessed with tropical forests, a fertile coastal plain, fishing, tourism and a relatively stable political situation.

Myth has it that Kerala was created by Parasurama (an avatar of God) when he tossed his axe dripping with the blood of his mother, over the Western Ghats Mountain into the sea. He was asked to decapatitate his own mother by his father over an allegation of adultery. Parasurama chopped of his mother's head and this pleased his father so much that he granted him any wish he wants. He asked for his mother to be put back to life and it was granted. However Parasurama felt so bad after this that he tossed his favorite weapon to the sea and renounced violence once and for all. However the sea which is depicted as a Goddess didn't want to receive the spooky axe and receded creating the land of Kerala.

Kerala, India’s most advanced state is surrounded by the Arabian Sea in the West and Western Ghats in the East considered by Keralalites as "God's own country". Kerala known for its world-class health system with lowest mortality and highest life expectancy is blessed with an equable climate, a long shoreline with serene beaches, tranquil stretches of emerald backwaters, lush hill stations, exotic wildlife, waterfalls, sprawling plantations, paddy fields, magical festivals, historic and cultural monuments. Its seaports are Kochi, Beypore (Kozhikode), Alappuzha and Kollam. Its major hill stations are Ponmudi, Peerumade, Thekkady, Munnar and Wayanad. Major wild life sanctuaries are Thekkady (Periyar), Parambikkulam, Wayanad, Silent Valley, Aralm, Peechi-Vazhani, Chimani, Shenduruny, Idukki, Chinnar, Peppara, Neyyar. Major beaches are Kovalam, Varkala, Fort Kochi, Kappad and Bekal. Some of the major bird sanctuaries are Thattekad and Kumarakom. Kerala has four seasons - the Summer (March to second half of May), Monsoon (Mid of May to Mid of October), Spring (Mid of August to end of September) and Winter (Mid October to Mid February).

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