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Kerala Culture The culture of Kerala dates back to 5000 years. Malayalam is the main language here and people are called Malyalees. Kerala is home three main religions- Hinduism, Islam and Christianity.  The culture is essentially a synthesis of Dravidian and Aryan cultures. It is strongly reflected in the art forms, dresses, cuisine, and martal arts of the region.  The people here are strongly attached to their roots. Onam is the most popular festival celebrated extravagantly in the region. This harvest festival marks the commemoration of Vamana avatar of Lord Vishnu along with the subsequent homecoming of King Mahabali, a hailed king. Thrissur Pooram, Vishu, and Eid are other important festivals.   Kerala also boasts of exquisite legacy of arts and crafts. It is famous for wood and metal carvings like sandalwood and rosewood, granite stautes, coconut shell and coir products, etc.  Kathakali and Mohiniattam are the most popular dance forms here. Kathakali has been recognised by UNESCO in its list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. This 300-year old dance form combines ballet, opera, pantomime and masque.  Mohiniattam, another popular dance form, is remarkable for its graceful movements and   embodies highest form of femininity.  Kalaripayattu is a form of martial arts that involves the synchronization of mind and body. Elephants are an integral part of the daily and cultural life in Kerala. They are referred to as “temples of sahya” and are considered indispensable for temple festivals. At present, Kerala boasts of highest literacy rate in India. The people of the state are highly liberal in their outlook and very much open to technological advancements and modern ideas. All this while still sticking conservatively to social issues. Kerala Food Kerala can be said to be Epicurean paradise as it serves everything right from aromatic traditional dishes to juicy seafood. The unforgettable flavour of Kerala’s food can be attributed to the geography, the rich history and the culture of the state. The cuisine here caters to non-vegetarians and vegetarians alike. The staple food of the localities is rice and cassave (Tapioca). ‘Sadya’ is a traditional vegetarian feast that is served on banana leaf. This extravagant meal consists of boiled pink rice, curries, pickle, side dishes and dessert spread. The Onam Sadya includes the best of traditional food items and is a must try. Coconut is grown is abundance here. As a result, coconut, coconut milk and coconut kernel are widely used in dishes for flavouring and thickening. Owing to the long coastline, backwater networks and Numeroud Rivers, seafood is readily available here. Meen Pollichathu, Meen Vevichathu, Meen Peera are some popular fish dishes.  Spices have an important role to play in Kerala’s cuisine. Cinnamon, clove, garlic, ginger, cumin seeds, turmeric, green and red peppers, cardamoms, etc. are widely used. Curry leaf is used as main herb.   Rice lovers can enjoy a variety of dishes like Mutton biryani, Malabar chicken biryani, Ghee Rice, Kurumulaku Kanji and Tapioca Biryani. Bananas are an intrinsic part of the main dishes, snacks and desserts. Steamed food is another significant characteristic of Kerala’s cuisine. Dishes like Idli, Idiyappam and Vellayappam are popular steamed dishes.  Do not forget to delicious dishes like  Appam with Stew, Puttu and Kadala Curry, Dosa Ghee Roast with Kerala style sambhar, Prawn Curry, Chicken fry, Mussel Stir Fry etc. when in Kerala! Kerala Tourism Owing to its vast coastline, awesome weather, lush greenery, rich cultural heritage, Kerala is counted among the most favoured holiday destinations in India. From stunning beaches to backwater canals, to mesmerizing hills, it offers something for everyone. Lonely Plant as mentioned Kerala in its list of the Best family destinations in the world. The vast state has almost 70 tourist destinations, each with its unique charm. Munnar, Wayanad, Thekkady, Kumarakom, Alleppey, Kovalam, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Vagamon, Bekal, Nelliampathy, Kozhikode, Malali etc. are some the most sought after destinations. The state is flooded with tourists from October to March which is the monsoon season. As much as it is seen as a laid-back destination, the varied topography of the state offers ample opportunities for adventure lovers. It has several national parks for elephant spotting and boat trips. Kerala has also emerged as a massage and rejuvenation centre off late.  Thousands of years old tradition of Ayurveda is used to offer a revitalizing treat to the visitors . The state if dotted with several world-class ayurvedic resorts and wellness centres that offer the ultimate pampering, holistic treatments and luxury experiences to the travellers. The state offers a good infrastructure along with excellent exploitation of digital technology. Kerala has won a total of nine awards at the National Tourism Awards for 2016-2017. Despite the massive floods in the region in 2018, the government has lost no time to put things in order and to revive tourism.        

Why EPO Kerala ?

  • Experienced:Our friendly Consultants travel regularly & offer first hand advice.
  • Easy: We coordinate your travel so flights, transfers & tours all connect smoothly.
  • Trusted: Hundreds of customers travel with us every week.