Kerala - A Laid-Back Vibe That You Should Never Miss

Kerala - A Laid-Back Vibe That You Should Never Miss

Kerala – A Laid-Back Vibe That You Should Never Miss.

Kerala – A Laid-Back Vibe That You Should Never Miss.

Probably this won’t be the first time you are reading an article on the most enchanting place in India – Kerala (also known as God’s Own Country). And I am sure you have started thinking about the palm tree lined backwaters, tea and coffee plantations, sun kissed beaches, lush scenic forests and the delicious cuisines of the state  already.

Kerala - A Laid-Back Vibe That You Should Never Miss

  Photo courtesy  Anil Chandran 

Now for those who have never been or heard anything about this perfect destination in the tropical region of the country, let me tell you why God’s Own Country promises a mind-blowing treat for anyone visiting here. So stay with me while I take you on a journey through this amazing state in India.

Kerala has a long and interesting story to tell

 The story of Kerala is centered around Parasurama, the Avatar of Mahavishnu from the epic Mahabharata. Going by the legend, Kerala was retrieved from the sea by him. He threw his axe into the sea which resulted in the formation of the state.

It is believed that Kerala got its name after the first ruler, Keralian Thampuran. But the most popular and interesting explanation comes after “Keralam” which means the land of coconut.

The King Chera is recordically the first ruler of Kerala, and Malayalam was declared as the regional language during his reign. Then came the colonial era, when Kerala became a hotspot for trade. The Arabs and Jewish were the first to set up their trading presence in the Gods own country.

Kerala - A Laid-Back Vibe That You Should Never Miss

Kerala – A Laid-Back Vibe That You Should Never Miss

Home to traditional art and dance forms such as Mohiniyattam, Thullal, Theyyam, Koodiyattam, Krishnanattam and Chavittunatakam which is popular across the country and Kathakali, the 300 Years old classical dance form have gained recognition worldwide. The “Kalaripayattu” is an ancient form of martial arts that has got an intrinsic value among the Keralites.

The state is also known as the land of festivals and every day is a celebration for the people here. Onam is the State festival which is celebrated across Kerala. Some of the other notable festivals are Thrissur Pooram, Pongala, Navarathri, Makaravilakku, Easter, Eid and Vishu. The best part about it is, every single Keralite celebrate every festival regardless of their religion with great enthusiasm.

The Place to be

Some folks prefer climate which is hot and humid and others want cold climate. The state of Kerala is blessed with a moderate climate that is never too hot or too cold, all year round. The people, culture, mighty rivers, lush forests, wildlife, the rich history and of course it’s delicious cuisine, Kerala is the most tranquil state in India.

Be prepared to get lost in the food delicacies of Kerala

Kerala - A Laid-Back Vibe That You Should Never Miss

Kerala – A Laid-Back Vibe That You Should Never Miss

The Keralites have a great appetite for good food. With its own unique cuisine, the traditional Kerala cuisine is something that you cannot afford to miss. Being on the coast of Arabian Sea, Kerala is a paradise for seafood lovers as they serve you the freshest catch on the table. Onasadhya or the Sadhya is a mouth watering vegetarian feast with almost 60 different dishes that are usually served during the traditional festivals Onam and Vishu.

“Kerala felt like another country inside India.”

That is one of my favourite lines by a travel blogger from Spain. Well, she is not the only who felt so. Anyone visiting Kerala from outside of the state are overwhelmed not just because of the scenic locations, but the enchanting experiences with the people, culture, the art forms, the food sets the state apart. Every single word they wrote on their blogs came from their heart.

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Kerala – A Laid-Back Vibe That You Should Never Miss. Photo Courtesy Anil Chandran

Now, here is one fun fact for you:

Ever listened to two Keralites talking to each other and wondered how do they speak something that doesn’t leave you any clue? Yes, Malayalam is toughest Indian language to learn. Stay tuned with me for a delightful mix of stories and delicious recipes with a pinch of Salt and Tamarind.

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