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Kollam, the Cashew Capital


Kollam is the nerve-centre of the country's cashew trading and processing industry. In 1920, the first batch of cashews was exported from the country, from Kollam to the USA.

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Kottayam, Kerala's Hub of Letters, Lakes and Latex


Kottayam is the hub of letters, lakes and latex. The district has a rich literary tradition and is the birthplace of the publishing industry in Kerala.

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Pathanamthitta, the Holy Land


With a plethora of religious places, Pathanamthitta is fondly referred to as the Holy Land. The place is also noted for its folklore and artforms, the most famous among them being Padayani, a traditional and ritual artform performed in Bhagavathi temples.

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Ernakulam, a Unique Blend of Heritage and Modernity


Kochi, arguably the most famous part of Ernakulam district, was the centre of trade during ancient times. The port city, which emerged in the 14th century, played a key role in the historic spice route trade.

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Malappuram, a Land that Extols Diversity


Football and food evoke intense emotions in Malappuram. Football had its start in the colonial era when the British taught the people how to play the game.

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Kasaragod, A Saga of Forts, Folklores and Festivals


Kasaragod is often described as the land of forts and Gods. The place is noted for its ritual dance Theyyam, an art that blends dance, myth, drama, music, art and theatrics.

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Chasing the Flavours of Malabar


Saunter around, breathe in the fragrance of spices and discover the magic that made this land a coffer of flavours for centuries. Come, an enticing, lip-smacking experience awaits your taste buds..!

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Malabar, Expect the Unexpected


Set out on a journey of self discovery in the unexplored nooks and crannies of Malabar. Each of these offbeat destinations holds in its bosom mysteries waiting to be untravelled and experiences that are sure to leave you hungry for more.

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Theyyam, the Dance of the Divine


An ancient ritualistic form of worship, the folk art Theyyam is a blend of dance, music and fervent devotion. Fiery colours, awe inspiring headgears, costumes and face designs, the rhythm of the chenda, the intense fragrance of the burning camphor and intense passion all combine to offer you an experience worth a lifetime.

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Surangas, Water at the End of the Tunnel


Known as Malabar, this northern end of Kerala is the abode of history, culture and environmental uniqueness. The sons and soil of this place continue to value and nurture the few living remnants of the past that time has not destroyed. They are the “Surangas” or tunnel wells which give north Malabar its most unusual feature.

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The Kalaris of North Malabar


The kalaris of north Malabar are sites where stories of the systems of law and justice as well as strategies of defence and counter-attack, practised by erstwhile native chieftains and kings of Kerala, are inextricably interwoven. The kalaris came to be celebrated as the birthplace of Kerala’s indigenous martial art form, with all the local varieties adding to its grandeur.

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Yakshagana Puppetry, Myths in Miniature


This folk art form was born nearly six centuries back in one of the princely states of a region that later became the state of Kerala. Native to the northern part of Kerala, it features an intermingling of religious elements and reflects the influence of Kannada language too.In short, Yakshagana is a harmonious combination of stories, songs, rhythms and mudras or stylized dance gestures.

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Manna from Malabar, the Cuisine of Kasaragod


Countless tourists converge towards Malabar every year, eager to taste the indigenous fare served here. Kasaragod, one of the centres of Malabari cuisine, is a popular destination for those who love to savour traditional dishes like Chicken Sukka, Ottupola, Neerdosha and Neypathal.

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Living Cushions, the Mangrove Forests of North Malabar


The mangroves are a natural marvel that protect life on land by acting as a buffer and resisting rough seas and winds. Besides being excellent models of environment protection, the mangroves are rich sources of medicinal plants too. But if innocent pleasures are what you have in mind, and you wish to enjoy their sheer diversity, come to Kerala. Especially to the villages and small towns of Kannur.

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Kammadam Kavu, Where Nature is Worshipped


The role of kavus (sacred groves) in the cultural and ritualistic life of north Malabar is perhaps more significant than that in the rest of the state. And among all the kavus that are havens of bio-diversity in the district of Kasaragod, the most impressive is the Kammadam kavu. In fact, it is more of an evergreen forest than a kavu.

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Gambolling Gods of Theyyam, Theyyakkolams and Souvenirs


Theyyam is an integral cultural symbol of North Malabar that combines religion, culture and aesthetics. The word “theyyam” in Malayalam is a corrupt form of Deivam which means “God”. Therefore, theyyattom signifies the dance of God.

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Annur, a Village which Plays Chef


The dishes of north Kerala are world famous, and among them the most sought-after are the traditionally prepared vegetarian dishes of the village of Annur near Payyannur in Kannur district. The cooks of the region are so talented that they can send foodies to peaks of gustatory delight with their indigenous methods of preparation.

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Kasaragod, a Seven Tongued Wonder


Kasaragod has stood witness to the settlement of various human communities within its borders. While many of the original settlers left in course of time, their successors, born into the land, developed emotional attachment to the environs and decided to remain. Subsequently their languages and their cultures nourished the adoptive region, and Kasaragod became a land of seven tongues.

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Weaving Sheer Magic


The Kasaragod handloom, known for its unshrinking texture and fast colours, has so conquered the imagination of women that is impossible to gauge how far and wide its cotton and silk saris have spread in the world. This eco-friendly product, that uses only traditional colours, is perhaps best known for its designer borders.

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Munnar, Hills Shrouded in Mist


The Queen of the Hills is not a moniker that is given out lightly, but Munnar claimed it seamlessly like a pureblood monarch. This hill destination is today atop every global traveller's bucket list, standing as the ultimate culmination of natural beauty being gently shaped into an international tourist hotbed.

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Periyar, Embracing the Wild


This is Periyar Tiger Reserve, among the last protected spaces on the planet where people can still get an up close and personal glance at an entire forest go about its day.

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Silent Valley - The Heart of Silence


Every single trail you take is sacred, each turn holy to those who have dwelled and been protected by these forests for more than a few millennia. The greenery here defies mortal expectations, but it is the silence of the cicadas that gave the legendary Silent Valley National Park its name.

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Thenmala Shendurney, Glistening Hills of Honey


Among Southern Kerala’s finest ecotourism sites, Thenmala shines as paves the way towards building a future where man and nature coexist harmoniously and in a mutually beneficial manner.

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Nilambur, Tales Woven in Teak


In the green haven of Nilambur, where tales of the past are woven in teak, we come across the magnificent Nedumkayam Rainforest, a jewel that we are only now beginning to truly understand.

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Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary, the Northernmost Frontier


At Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary, it is the sheer rawness of nature that becomes evident with every step, as we are led upwards on its now famous rocky paths.

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Parambikulam, Nature's Last Bastion


There are very few places left on the planet where the ancient laws of nature still prevail. Rather than man, it is these forces that dictate how things are run. Birds and animals tread fearlessly as the plants grow tall and mighty.

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Dhoni, Pearls in the Wild


A hidden jewel known only to those who regularly visit Palakkad, Dhoni is one of the hottest picnic destinations in the State and is a fascinating story in itself. A picnicker’s dream come true, the intensive three-hour trek that this place promises you is one of the most refreshing hikes that the entire State has to offer.

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Thiruvananthapuram, an Ecotourism Hotspot


A city and its surroundings that has seen some of the most poignant moments in Kerala’s history, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala's capital city, is an ecotourism wonder as well.

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Ernakulam, the Cultural Hub of Kerala


The colours that Ernakulam unites are diverse, the cultures that it represents are vast, but its soul embodies the very essence of God's Own Country. The place has so many ecotourism attractions like Thattekkad, Mangalavanam, Paniyeli Poru, Kodanad, Abhayaranyam and many more.

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Explore Kerala with RT Mission


Explore the less-explored life of Kerala with the Responsible Tourism (RT) Mission. The villages of Kerala are powerhouses of artistic skills and unique craftsmanship. We are ready with our Village Life Experience packages to bestow you the mystic charms of the sleepy hamlets of God's Own Country.

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Experience Kerala's Exotic Culture


God's Own Country has a plethora of artforms, rituals and festivals that have been in existence for centuries and proclaim its exotic culture. Such a rich and old tradition makes this land unique.

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Kerala, Global Capital of Responsible Tourism


Envisaged with a 'triple bottom-line' mission which comprises economic, social and environmental responibilities, Responsible Tourism (RT) as a concept came forward in 1996.A meticulous picture of Responsible Tourism highlighting its aims and factors evolved after the Cape Town Declaration of 2002.

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