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If you are looking forward to holiday, come to Kerala which has an enduring charm and something unique for all budgets.  Those who come take back happy memories and many return to relive the experience. Sun kissed beaches of endless silver sands. Blue green stretches of the serene backwaters. The jungles and hills that whisper secrets of a little known land… and the nature’s symphony for the ears and a soothing balm for the mind…

Kerala history has close links with its commerce, which in turn was largely influenced by the spice trade. It is believed that the spice trade dates back three thousand years. This state is even today known for its spices, and travellers from around the world journeyed here to trade and to gain control over this rich land. The first travellers were the Greeks, the Romans, the Arabs and the Chinese; latter day traders included the Portuguese, the Dutch, the French and the British. Almost all of them have left their imprint on this land in some form or the other: architecture, cuisine, literature. The spice story certainly fell upon the ears of Vasco da Gama before he charted the sea route to Malabar, which brought the first Europeans to the shores of India.

Today the tourist attractions bring people to this state from far and wide. Holistic tour packages include  sight-seeing, rejuvenating ayurvedic regimens, sensational cuisine,  magical festivals, dazzling art forms,  wildlife trips, shopping ….so whatever be the kind of holiday you prefer – see what the earth and people  have  preserved  in every sense in this land that  gods call, their own.  The local people are warm and friendly, but have strong opinion about behaviour in public. Tourists should be dressed modestly and refrain from doing anything awkward in public.

You could take back excellent samples of Kerala arts and crafts like handicrafts in wood, horn, metal mirrors, brass lamps, coir mats, handloom fabrics and gold jewellery in exquisite designs. For a good selection of the range of crafts available in Kerala, start with the main Handicrafts emporia in Trivandrum or Cochin. Here you will find intricate rosewood and sandalwood carvings, ivory work, brass and ‘bell- metal’ lamps and other decorative objects, besides myriad interesting and useful things made from coconut, coir, cane, bamboo and straw. Amongst Indian Khadi (Handspun and Handwoven) and Handloom textiles, Kerala’s unique fabrics are especially fine Textiles. Kollam is home to some of the world’s finest roasted Cashew Nut brands. The indelible images of Kerala can be found in the Coffee table books and multi-media CDs.

Kerala is well connected by air to domestic and international destinations; the State has three International airports (Trivandrum, Cochin and Karipur, Calicut) all operating domestic and international flights.  Many natives and tour guides speak English. Visitors should have a valid visa for entry to India.  Major credit cards, foreign currency and travellers cherubs   are accepted in most places, except in rural parts.  It is better to carry two or three thousand Indian Rupees for roadside shopping, when travelling across the state