Kerala is the land of divine natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. This quaint little state is full of distinctive geographical features, ranging from beautiful beaches to the hills of the Western Ghats, and mesmerizing backwaters. The state is equally famous for its spices, tea, and handicrafts. From the Aranmula kannadi to unique coconut shell-based showpieces and kathakali masks made using Papier-mache, there are plenty of souvenirs you can buy for loved ones. But scenic beauty and rich culture aren’t the only reason to visit Kerala. Although the state was first formed in 1956, it was first referenced in the 3rd-century BCE rock inscriptions during the reign of Mauryan King Ashoka. Legend has it that the province was created when Parasurama threw his axe into the sea. The place where the axe fell came to be known as Kerala. For this reason, Kerala is also referred to as Parasurama Kshetram or Land of Parasurama. It is also the state where Mahabali is revered as a benevolent king who comes to visit his subjects once every year during Onam.
Kerala has been consistently chosen among the world’s most extraordinary destinations and was even ranked ninth in the World’s Greatest Places list. Given below are some of the most popular Kerala tourist destinations: