April 21, 2017 4 min to read
Why Kerala is Really Gods Own Country?
Category : Kerala, Uncategorized
Kerala Is Indeed God’s Own Country and Here Is Why
Being a Malayalee settled outside Kerala, I have a special connect with the state. As it is said, distance makes the heart grow fonder; my love for Kerala has only increased with time. As a child, going to Kerala on vacations meant getting to play in the sand with cousins, climbing on to mango and jackfruit trees, plucking flowers and just having a jolly good time. As an adult, I found Kerala to be just like my mother –caring, endearing and welcoming as I have found it to provide me the perfect solace away from the stifling urban environment. Today, I just look forward to a vacation in Kerala, even if it is for a week as I return with a refreshed mind and body.
Indeed, Kerala is God’s Own Country and according to me, there are several features that even Gods may find it the right place to be in.
The Splendid Natural Beauty
The first image that I see from Netravathi Express that tells me I have reached Kerala is the rows of coconut trees and lush greenery everywhere. Kerala is blessed with a beautiful landscape. You name what is beautiful in nature, and you will find it all in Kerala. Beaches, hill stations, lakes, ponds, rivers, forests, trees, mountains, waterfalls and many more attractions that will just amaze any traveler. This is perhaps the main reason why it is referred to as a place that Gods prefer. Just standing amongst the green trees makes you feel rejuvenated and this is my favorite pastime when I am in Kerala. In the afternoons, I just sit in the shade of my favorite jackfruit tree and I feel at peace.
The Alluring Backwaters
The kayals or the backwaters have to be experienced to know what they are. The emerald waters that seem to laze around and look adoringly at the coconut trees on the shores, these backwaters are something that will take you to another world altogether. There are two ways to enjoy the backwaters of Kerala, one is to sit on the shore and see the water float feeling the breeze on your face and another, hire a houseboat and enjoy the ride across. My recommendation? Both! Head to the districts of Kochi, Alleppey, Kottayam and Kollam where you can find some of the best backwaters.
The Mystical Temples
In every village of Kerala, you will find at least ten temples. Kerala can be undoubtedly called as the land of temples. The temples follow age-old traditions and to see them decked in lights and lamps in the evenings is an experience in itself. There are many world-renowned temples where people from different parts of the world come to pray or to just revel in the atmosphere. Some must-visit temples are the Sabarimala temple, Padmanbhaaswamy Temple, the Chottanikkara Temple, Mannarshala Temple, Vaddakunatha Temple and more. My favourite time to visit the temples is during the ‘Deeparadhana’ or the time when deepams or lamps are worshipped and that is the evening puja time. The whole atmosphere seems to be one with the Supreme One.
The Healing Ayurveda
In God’s own country, you need to have a healing experience, don’t you? That is where Ayurveda, the traditional medicine system comes to help you. Head to a Ayurveda centre for a healing and rejuvenating experience with its therapies, massages and so on. Though there are many reputed and authorized Ayurveda centres, I have had the best experience at the Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Shala in Malappuram District, the oldest Ayurveda Centre in the state.
The People, Culture and Food
People of Kerala are very generous and helpful. Even if you do not know the local language, you will not find lost in the state as most of the Keralites understand and speak English. Many can even speak Hindi as well After all, Kerala has the highest literacy rate. Kerala is one place where traditions and culture still go hand in hand with modernism. People there are not orthodox, yet when it comes to traditions, they tend to hold it closer. The food is another reason why Gods love the state. Though the traditional ‘sadya’ or the variety of dishes served on a plantain leaf is only on special occasions such as Onam, the main festival of the state, Kerala’s cuisine is varied and awesome. Rice and fish is the staple diet but it is also the perfect place for vegetarians as well. I get to eat fish on all days while I am there and that too, cooked in myriad ways, from roasted fish to grilled fish to fried fish to fish curry.
Kerala is referred to as God’s own country not just because it is beautiful but it also has a heart. That is why; it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India and the world as well. There is perhaps no other place in the world, where you can experience different kind of landscapes, climate and colors of life in just few days. In one word, Kerala can be just described as divine.