The beauty of the god's own country
"Kerala is a serene state that is well known for its beautiful contrast from the frenzy of the greater part of India. With nearly 600 kilometers of Arabian Sea shoreline, travelers can revel in its glorious coast and beaches, complex network of backwaters, laid-back tea plantations, and rich protected wildlife reserves among many others. To start off, it is said that the European colonization of India first started in Kerala. The Portuguese were the first to come followed by the Dutch, French, Italians, and British. After India gained independence, these Kingdoms were merged and integrated into the State of Kerala, thereby marking the start of a united state. As such, cultures were shared and much of the rich heritage of the region has been well-preserved over the years. The cultural heritage of Kerala can be seen from the different art forms and customs of Kerala. A significance of the art of Kerala is the special visual effects and good music. Kerala can boast of its performing arts proudly. The locals lead a relaxed and easygoing life as they take joy in the basic or simple pleasures of the nature that surrounds them. These are some charming wonderful places in Kerala- Edakkal Caves, Wayanad – With A History As Old As Time, Gavi, Periyar – an Emerald Paradise Of Flora & Fauna, Ashtamudi Lake, Kollam, Beauty Of The Backwaters, Soochipara Waterfalls, Wayanad – Pristine Marvels Of Nature."