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State Capital : Bangalore
Population ('000s in 1991) : 44,977
Area ('000 sq. km) : 192
Females per 1000 males (1991) : 960
Literacy rate (1991) : 56
Ratio of urban population (1991) : 30.9
Principal Language : Kannada


Lallbagh Gardens BangaloreOverview of Karnataka
Karnataka is renowned the world over for its Incense Sticks and a unique form of classical music, the Carnatic Music. Besides, it is also a capital for Silk, Sandalwood, Coffee and Arecanut. The state is one of the fastest growing in India, through rapid industrialization and software production. The state capital, Bangalore, is called the cyber capital of India or referred as Silicon Valley of India. The state is bounded by Tamil Nadu and Kerala in the south, Maharashtra in the north and by Andhra Pradesh in the east. Most parts of Karnataka lie on the Deccan Plateau, it is nature's kaleidoscope boasting diversity in flora and fauna, hills, miles of palm groves lined coastline. The state has a colourful history, mosques, temples, churches and many forts to explore in your south India tour package .

History of Karnataka
Karnataka's find of the pre-historic times from Stone Age include among others a hand axe at Lingasugur in Raichur district. The great Indian emperor Chandragupta Maurya, from the early era is known to abdicate his throne to embrace Jainism at Shravanabelagola. Karnataka carries many imprints of the dynasties that ruled here. Prominent among them were the Hoysalas, the Chalukyas, and the mighty Vijayanagaram Empire. In the post independence era, the Kannada-speaking areas were grouped along with the princely state of Mysore to form Karnataka in 1973.

Nandi HillsHills and Beaches of Karnataka
Garden city Bangalore, Jog Falls, the beaches of Karwar, Marwanthe, Malpe, Murudeshwar, and Mangalore; Bidar, Golgumbuz in Bijapur, the stone temples of Belur and Halebid, Mysore Palace; hill stations like Nandi Hills, Kemman Gundi, Madikeri, Biligirirangana hills, and Kudremukh; the list is simply endless.

Capital of Karnataka
Bangalore is one of the most industrialized cities of India, and yet a leading city of most beautiful gardens. The favourable weather condition throughout the year makes Bangalore a commercial and cultural hub. The capital city has more acronyms than any other like the Garden City of India, Cyber Capital of India , Hi Tech City, Silicon Valley and India's Manhattan. Tourism in Bangalore boasts of friendly people and docile weather throughout the year. The legendary king of princely state Mysore, Tipu Sultan, chose the city as its summer capital. The city has much more to offer in the south India tours than just a stay for sightseeing.

Occupation in Karnataka
As with any other Indian state, agriculture is the major occupation of people of Karnataka. The state has also made significant industrial growth and makes reasonable contribution to the health of Indian economy. Karnataka is well known for its silk and handicrafts in sandalwood since scores of years. The state is rich in mineral ore, and supplies all of India's gold. The other mining activities for ores in the state include copper, chromite, iron, mica, magnesite, etc. The production of electric power, besides other methods, is done by harnessing Cauvery, Sharavati, and Kali rivers.

Kathakali Dance of KeralaCulture in Karnataka
Karnataka possesses a rich tourism of cultural heritage in the form of Carnatic Music, an ancient and rich tradition of folk theatre. The two principal art forms are Yakshagana and the puppet theatre. 'Yakshagana' has similarities to that of Kathakali of Kerala as it also makes the choice of vigorous dancing donning elaborate costumes. Coastal areas of Dakshina Kannada still continue to follow the rituals like 'Nagamandala', the demon dance and 'Bhootada Kunita' (Dance of the Divine Cult). Huge monolithic Jain statues are peculiar to the Kannada culture; one such giant stone statue of Bahubali, the Jain saint, situated at Sravanabelagola, near Mysore, is nearly 1,000 years old.

Shopping and Handicrafts of Karnataka
Aesthetic craftsmanship makes Karnataka famous for picking up mementos in rosewood and sandalwood carvings of Mysore; metalware ambossing and castings of Udipi, Karkala and Nagamangala (Mysore); Silk sarees and garments of Mysore and Bangalore; leather puppets and wooden toys; wooden carvings including furniture and sandalwood carvings of Shimoga and Mysore; vegetable-dye paintings of Mysore; artistic Jewellery and handlooms of Bijapur; silver filigree and metal inlay craft called Bidriware of Bidar; nomadic style embroidery of Dharwad and Hubli; terracotta pottery of Belgaum; variety of handlooms of Sandur and Gulbarga; laquerware of Channapatna.

Cuisine of Karnataka  Cuisine in Karnataka
Regional food habits in Karnataka may differ vastly due to locally available ingredients; nevertheless, the entire state is blessed with a rich culinary heritage. The vast culinary repertoire result is a richly varied spread of North Karnataka, South Karnataka, and coastal region and Kodava cuisines.

Mangalore Tourism presents almost endless variety of rice based spicy fish delicacies, chicken curries, and pancakes, steamed and baked preparations, spicy mango pickles, rice flour rotti and so on. The Tourism in Udupi region offers vegetarian delights in masala dosa, sambar, rasam, raw green bananas, sour jackfruit, dry curries and more. The Tourism in Kodagu region is known for pork curries, succulent chicken curry, and bamboo shoot curry with rice noodles. The people in the N. Karnataka serve wheat, millet, and sprouted grams preparations with their specialty in brinjal and other spicy curries, followed by sweets like peda, Gokak khardantu, Belgaum khunda, and many other variations.



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Kerala


State Capital: Thiruvananthapuram (Popularly called Trivandrum)
Population ('000s in 1991): 30 ,500
Area ('000 sq. km): 39
Boundaries: Arabian Sea in West, Tamilnadu in Southeast, and Karnataka in North East
Culture of KeralaMain Port: Kochi (Cochin)
Sea Shore: 580 Km.
Official Bird: Nightingale
Official Animal: Elephant
Official Tree: Coconut
Religions: Hindu, Islam, Christian
Females per 1000 males (1991): 1,036
Literacy rate (1991): 99.99%
Ratio of urban population (1991): 26.4
Climate: Tropical
Summer: February – May (Max.33 o C Min. 24 o C)
Monsoon: June – September (Max.28 o C Min. 22 o C)
Winter: October – January (Max.32 o C Min. 22 o C)
Principal Language: Malayalam, English


Old and Recent History of Kerala
As per the legendary belief, Parasuraman, who is considered to be the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu (one of the Trinity, believed to provides sustenance to the life-form), threw his axe into the sea from Gokarnam (near Mangalore that is in Karnataka state now) only to find that the sea retreated from where his axe fell to give birth to Kerala. But geologists believe that the under sea movement of earth caused the creation of this land. The myths and legends of Kerala are not directly in contrast with the scientific explanation, hence, giving strong credence to the belief. Cochin Travel Guide IndiaHistorians go on to believe the existence of civilization in Kerala between 5000 BC and 3000 BC, as the discovery of Microliths point to belonging around 4000 BC.

Kerala is a land which always encouraged trading and traders from distant lands have been coming here since ancient times. King Solomon's ship is believed to have visited "Ophix" (Trivandrum of today) around 1000 BC. The Malabar, Cochin and North Travancore, which are all part of present-day Kerala, were reigned over by Keralaputras or the Cheras, as they were called during those days. The early trading visitors were Phoenicians, the Arabs, the Chinese, and the Romans who came in search of spices, sandalwood, peacocks, and ivory. The traders from different religious beliefs introduced and left their mark in the form of Christianity and Islam. The big influx of European traders started in 15 th Century, which earlier included the arrival of St. Thomas the Apostle, Prophet Mohammed's disciple Malik Ibn Dinar, Vasco Da Gama – the famous seafarer from Portugal. The aroma of Kerala spices spread far and wide bringing in more and more traders from different and distant places. This continued contact with the people from different parts of overseas, the Kerala of today exhibits cosmopolitan outlook.

Overview of Kerala Tourism – God's Own Country!
Kerala is simply a magic land in the form of lush green spread as narrow fertile strip on the south-west coast of India. It has the Lakshadweep Sea on the one side and the Western Ghats on the other. The entire landscape of Kerala tour package is dominated by refreshing coconut palms, cashew nut and mango trees, and predominant rice fields. The entire state with Western Ghats are intertwined with extensive ridges and ravines, misty peaks, dense tropical forests that give shelter to varied form of flora and fauna – birdlife and wildlife, and soothingly pristine beaches merging at places with the scenic Kerala backwaters along the coastal lagoons leading you to enjoy rich culture on its land, during your south India tour . Every district in Kerala has its own unique cultures and heritages for the tourists to fully enjoy the vast variety that we as your tour operator in Kerala present in this land of God's Own Country!

 Kerala Tea Plantation Travel Guide IndiaKerala - Ahead Always!
Kerala has been a seat of learning since ancient times. Geographical measurements show Kerala covering only about 1.5% of total area of India, making it one of the smallest states of the country. Kerala has three natural divisions, backwaters and sea, the sandy coastal region with coconut groves, and big, green carpet of paddy fields. The midland region forms hills and valleys growing agricultural crops that include rubber, coffee, tea and spices. The dwindling of its educational assets was arrested in time by the early concern by the public and authorities. Kerala once again made a head start to emerge as most progressive and literate state of India.

Hill Stations in Kerala
The Western Ghats has an impressive range of mountains that make a kind of wall from the southern tip of Kerala merging in the western range up to Mumbai. The principal hill stations in Kerala are Ponmudi in south Kerala, Thekkady and Munnar in central Kerala, and Wayanad in north Kerala. The brief goes as following:

Beaches in Kerala
Kerala Beaches Tours are one of the most important tourist attractions in Kerala. Most of it is still in a pristine stage, giving a chance to the wanderer to enjoy these stretches in relative peace. Kerala has long stretches of silvery beaches for those interested in the Sun. Though  Kovalam Beach is the most popular beach Beaches in Kerala in Kerala, there are many other beaches like Varkala Beach, Cherai Beach, and Alleppey Beach on the southern stretches of the state which are almost as good. There is good number of beaches on the northern stretches like Kappad Beach which we know as tour and travel agent in Kerala , are still unspoiled, beautiful, and not too crowded. The miles of silvery sand beaches with swaying coconut palm trees in the districts of Kannur and Kassargod Beaches provide open sunbathing and resorts too, very close to the fishing hamlets. With the increase in demand for the infrastructure, the crowding at beaches is also bound to increase in proportion. The list of beaches given below also provides information as to which of the airports and/or railway stations are in close proximity.

Sr. No.
Beach
Airport
Railway Station
1.
Kovalam Beach
Trivandrum
Trivandrum
2. Shangumugham Beach Trivandrum Trivandrum
3. Veli Beach Trivandrum Trivandrum
4. Varkala Beach Trivandrum Kollam
5. Kollam Beach Trivandrum Kollam
6. Alleppey (Alappuzzha) Beach Cochin (Kochi) Alleppey
7. Fort Kochi Beach Cochin Cochin
8. Cherai Beach Cochin
Cochin
9. Calicut BeachCalicut Calicut
10.Kappad Beach Calicut Calicut
11.Thalassery BeachCalicutThalassery
12. Muzhaplangadu Beach Calicut Thalassery
13.Payyambalam BeachCalicutKannur
14.Bekal Beach Calicut Kassarkod

Kerala Backwaters
Kerala Backwaters For the visitor, a trip to Kerala offers some unusual ways of travelling around an intriguing mosaic of cultures as presented by Visit India South in the chosen program of South India Tourism . The Kerala backwaters trip is perhaps the most enchanting way of getting around. It is of immense fun, particularly when getting to enjoy the traditional Kerala cuisine that is cooked on board the Kettuvallam (houseboat) while it ambers along the coastal lagoons with intertwining from between the swaying coconut palms. Backwaters of Kumarakom between Alappuzha (Alleppey) and Kottayam (Kollam) are a popular tourist destination. Backwaters of Kuttanad region, the rice bowl of Kerala, are also very famous. This area is probably the one and only place in world where farming is done below sea level. The Kollam-Alappuzzha stretch of the Kerala backwaters houseboat trip is a tourist favorite. An overnight stay on the houseboat is simply a lifetime experience, besides you get to see some of the best and most picturesque beaches in Kerala India . Kerala is one of the most sought after tourist destinations for it provides soothing, amenable, and relaxed atmosphere.

Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks of Kerala
•  Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary: Gentle waves and cool breeze giving company on a boat ride through the Vembanad Lake provide the perfect setting to bird watching of migratory as well as resident birds, like: Siberian cranes, parrots, flycatchers, wood beetle, larks, teal, egrets, herons, and many others.
•  Chinnar Wild Life Sanctuary: Set amongst the unique thorny scrub jungle, besides a variety of avian population, it is also home to a wide range of wild animal that include: Tiger, panther, elephant, gaur, wild dog, Nilgiri Tar, spotted deer, lion tailed macaque, and barking deer.
•  Eravikulam Wild Life Sanctuary : It is protected as National Park with much of the area at a height of 2000 m. One may come across avian species of grass owl, wood pigeon, jungle crow, black winged kite, etc., while the wild variety include Tiger, panther, barking deer, sambar, jungle cat, wild dogs, giant Malabar squirrel, etc. The jungle is home to Neelakurinji, one of the rare flowers that bloom once in twelve years.
Wild Life Sanctuary Kerala•  Thattekad Bird Sanctuary: It is situated on the banks of the river Periyar. Dr. Salim Ali the famous Ornithologist was said to be the main force behind the formation of this sanctuary. From amongst 253 species of birds found here, the important ones include white-breasted water hen, large falcons, hornbill, grey jungle fowl, jungle bush quail etc.
•  Idukki Wild Life Sanctuary: The sanctuary is set amongst the pristine forests and green hills, prompting many to fully make use of the scope for trekking it offer.
•  Thekkady Wildlife Sanctuary: The scenic beauty of the area is an aspect one can also see in the eyes and gait of the resident wild animals like elephants, monkeys, bison, sambar, and wild bear. There are some famous tea gardens in the vicinity of the park. The boating and trekking at Thekkady makes your visit a memorable experience.
•  Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary: Set at a distance of 130 Kms from Palakkad, this wild life sanctuary is offers a fascinating sight of rare wild animals. A boat ride in the Parambikulam reservoir is definitely an enthralling experience.
•  Muthanga Wild Life Sanctuary: A home for herds of elephants, deer, bear, and wild pig etc., Muthanga Wild Life Sanctuary has become a major centre of tourist attraction.
•  J.P. Smrithivanam and Deer Park: Tourists enjoy watching the deer and other animals moving freely around. An elephant ride is an enjoyable experience to traverse the Valayar forest.
•  Snake Park: It is at a distance of about 16 Kms from Kannur on the way to the Parassinikkadavu temple. It is the only place where a combination of Ayurveda and Allopathy treatments are provided for curing snakebites.

Ayurveda in Kerala
AYURVEDA - THE OLDEST MEDICAL SYSTEM: Ayurveda brings perfect harmony of Mind, Body and Soul . Ayurveda is undoubtedly believed to be well researched and the oldest treatment method in the world (nearly 5000 years old). The literal meaning of Ayurveda is 'Science of Life'. It is a system of preventive medicines arresting the onset of sickness and disease, on an individual basis as every person has a different body constitution. Ayurveda in Kerala We as your travel agents in south India know it fully well as to which out of the many Ayurveda resorts would be better than the other for a particular treatment.

As identified in Ayurveda Health Care , the human body comprises of 'Vatha', 'Pitha' and 'Kapha', collectively called ‘Tridoshas'. When one of three dominates other two, this imbalance causes the illness. The physical and emotional characteristics are so reflected in the personality of a person. In a healthy person, all these ‘Tridoshas' function in perfect harmony with each other, as also with the acknowledged five basic elements (Air, Water, Fire, Earth and Ether) of the Universe.

Ayurveda fully acknowledges the existence of germs that spread the diseases. But the approach of Ayurveda is different from Allopathy or other systems of treatment. Ayurveda strengthens the immune system of body to fight the disease or infection instead of using antibiotics. Ayurveda eliminates all toxic imbalances from the body and thus regain resistance and good health. Patients from all over the world are coming here to benefit from Ayurveda treatment packages as arranged by Visit India South in Kerala and many other places of choice in your south India tour package . Besides curative package for the ailments, people with good health in general also benefit from restorative Ayurveda Detoxification Package, Ayurveda Rejuvenation Package, Ayurveda Stress Relieving Package, Ayurveda Weight Reduction , etc., all without any side effects. The benefits become many folds when joined with the guided Ayurveda, Yoga and Meditation. Fully enjoy the Ayurveda Tourism with us.

General Cautions:

•  Blood parameters should be checked and kept at a safe level before starting any of the intensive treatments.
•  'Pizhichil' (Oil massage) is not recommended for persons with serious liver and renal problems.
•  'Sirodhara' (Head bath with medicated milk or oil) is not recommended in case of cerebral thrombosis.
•  Intensive Steam baths should be done under the guidance of the physician.
•  Whole body 'Navarakizhi' is not recommended for patients suffering from diabetes, obesity, serious cardiac, hepatic and renal patients.

Art and Culture of Kerala Art and Culture of Kerala
Kerala is one such state in south India that has evolved as a unique culture. Kathakali, one of the dance forms of Kerala considered being amongst the oldest Indian Dance styles to the graceful Mohiniyattam, with the vibrant and distinct music unique to the land. This dance drama is performed by mostly male artist. The message of the story is conveyed through very expressive facial movements and synchronous mudras (hand gesture). The other popular dance forms in Kerala are Bharathanatyam, Chavitu Natakom, Ottamthullal, and Margam Kali.  In the Malabar region, the dance form Oppana is also very popular. Kalaripayattu is the martial art in dance form of Kerala. There are various religious and cultural festivals to be enjoyed in cultural tourism of Kerala , like Sreekandeswaram Temple at Trivandrum, Nishagandhi Dance festival, Pooram festival, Onam festival, Pongal Utsavam, Theravattam festival, etc. Visit India South as your Kerala tour operator would help meet all your cultural interests.

Pilgrimage in Kerala Pilgrimage in Kerala
Kerala has a good mix of religions, Hindu, Islam and Christians, and so are the places of pilgrimage tourism in Kerala . Sabarimala Sree Ayyappa Temple, Vaikom Siva Temple which is one of the oldest Siva Temples in the world, St. Mary's Church at Cheriyapally, Thirunakkara Siva Temple, and Thazhathangadi Mosque believed to be 1000 years old, Diocese Good Shepherd Church at Kottayam, Gothic style Dioceses Church Vimalagiri (Angathattu Palli) and Orthodox Syrian Church at Kottayam, and Ettumannoor Siva Temple , etc.


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