A folk story on the origination of Kerala goes like this....Long time ago, Lord Vishnu ( a god as per the Hindu belief ) descended from heaven in his avatar of Parashuram. After killing the evil kings 21 times over to revoke their force from earth, he did repent for waging the dreadful war, and threw his axe into the sea. The area where the axe landed, from shaft to blade, aroused from the sea as Kerala, a land of plenty and prosperity.
Kerala is termed to as “the favourite child of nature” or "The God's Own Country". “The land of coconuts”, Keralam is believed to be originated from the word "kera" and "alam". Kera means coconut and alam means land or location. Kerala is one among the smallest states situated on the south-western coast in India.
Kerala’s amazing giant mountains of Western Ghats, the sandy beaches of Arabian Sea, wildlife sanctuaries, the thick forests, unspoiled lakes and backwaters are all exotic getaways in Kerala. This land of God is blessed with heavy rainfall and fertile soils. The herbal forest gardens, green rice fields, swaying coconut and arecanut palms, aromatic spice plantations, fresh green banana groves, and green carpeted tea estates of Kerala attracts tourists across the world to its shores.
Kerala has the globes highest attainments in literacy, life expectancy, infant mortality and gender equality. Kerala has rich forms of art, music and culture. Kerala is one among the ten paradises of the world as per the national geographic traveler. Kerala is indeed a growing, prosperous, and the Best states in India, Also referred as India’s “Spice City”. Kerala has been attracting crowds towards her 3000 years before Christ. As a spice trading port, its place along the India’s west coast connects it to ancient kingdoms of the world. such kind can be traced between Kerala and Rome, Africa and Arabia.
Kerala has an amusing cultural heritage. Its diverse culture is influenced by three main religions of Hinduism, Christianity and Islam. Graceful sculptures, music and dance forms are seen in the historic growth of Kerala's cultural traditions. The traditions of Kathakali and Mohiniattam are highly developed art forms that have been emerged from their folk origins into highly evolved classical forms of dances.
Kathakali is an art form developed 300 years back exclusively in Kerala.Other forms of dances in kerala are Krishnanattom, Mohiniyattom, Koodiyattom, Kolkkali, Thiruvathirakali, Oppanna, and Chavittunatakom. Panchavadyam, Kakkarishi Natakom, Thullal, Nadanpattu. Cultural forms and music and have originated over the past several decades in Kerala.
Nature of Kerala is blessed for its luxurious beaches, backwaters, mountain ranges and wildlife. Tourist attraction includes,beaches at Kovalam, Kappad, Cherai and Varkala; The unforgettable backwater tours and lake resorts around Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom and Alappuzha; beautiful hill stations and resorts at Munnar, Wayanad, Nelliampathi, Vagamon and Ponmudi; and national parks and wildlife sanctuaries at Periyar and Eravikulam National Park.
Tourism, promoted by traditional elements of medicine such like Ayurveda is very popular in Kerala, and draws amassed numbers of tourists.