God's Own Country: Kerala - My Family Travels

Kerala, also known as God’s own Country, is the most beautiful state located at the most southern part of India. It is famous for its backwaters, houseboats, traditions, religions and cultures. The people of Kerala, Keralites, are known for their high hospitality. Its unique geographical features and exotic climate attracts tourists from all over the world.

Kerela, India’s most advanced state has the highest literacy rate and is the cleanest state in India. Malayalam is the language spoken by the Keralites. Thiruvananthapuram is the capital city of Kerala. Even though Hinduism is a prominent religion in Kerala, other religions are also common such as Christianity and Islam. Sprawling plantations, paddy fields and coconut trees highlight the landscape of Kerala. Ayurvedic health centers are very popular due to its ancient medical system including massage and meditation.

Firstly, I would love to show how rich Kerala is in tradition and culture. There are traditional dances such as Kathakali and Ottam Thullal that aim to tell mythological stories through dance. The participants have colorful attire that looks attractive to all. The dancers take great attention to detail in their appearance. Also, Onam is a traditional festival that is celebrated only in Kerala. It is a celebration of the return of the mythological king Mahabali. Keralites celebrate Onam over the span of two weeks with exquisite cuisine served on banana leaf called Onam Sadhya, decorations with flowers called Athapookalam and Tiger Dance called Pulli Kalli. All of which offer unique experiences.

There are events throughout the year that attract residents and foreigners equally. The most popular event is boat racing called Vallam Kalli. It is a form of canoe racing, and uses paddledwar canoes. It is mainly conducted during the season of the harvest festival Onam in autumn. Vallam Kali includes races of many kinds of paddled longboats, the traditional boats of Kerala.

This video lets the viewer explore the beauty of Kerala virtually.

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