Enriched by Three Monsoons
Kala, Thula and Venal
( South West, North East & Summer )
And graced by high Education
Small Kerala is lucky indeed !
Unnatha Vidyagunathal Sampannam
Kochu Keralam Thri Mazhayal Samriddham
A lovely damsel clad in a green Silk Saree, said the poets about Green Kerala, Pacha Pattudutha Keralam. The definiton of a desert is that
Desert = Place with < 250 mm rainfall per year.
Kerala gets around 2500-3000 mm rainfall per year !
Kerala's proximity to the Equator makes it a torrid zone or a Tropical Zone. Trichur, Central Kerala, is just +10.30 North latitude. But the triune Monsoons - South West, North East and Summer - cool the province. The main reason is the nearness of the state to the sea and the presence of the Western Ghats on the east. If not for the Western Ghats which prevent hot winds from entering this green state, Kerala would have been an arid land. During the hot season, from Dhanu ( Dec 17 ) to the First Half of Sidereal Taurus or Edava Pathi ( May 29 ), temp will be > 40 degrees. And the temp used to range from 28 degrees to 32 degrees ( Now it is 42 degrees ) on the plains and 20 degrees in the highlands, during the Monsoon season. The main tourist attraction centers, the Highlands of Kerala, maintain an invigorating and cool climate throughout the year.
Chinese Fishing Nets in Kochi
Amongst Indian states, Kerala and Kashmir are known for their beauty natural. A cinc actress and a damsel aristocratic, that is how Kashmir and Kerala look like. Kerala is one of the most ought after tourist destinations in the world, with the National Geographic recommending her as one of the best ten tourist spots. Great opportunities await the investor in the Kerala Tourism industry, which is growing at 8.4 % ( against the national average of 6.4 % ). 27 lovely beaches, hill stations experienced as exhilarating and ecstatic, calm and serene backwaters, great art forms, magnificent monuments, year round charming festivals and rejuvenating health packages - all these lure the tourists and make Kerala a Heaven on Earth. " A heavenly Paradise" said Michael Smith about beauteous Kerala.
Her commercial capital is Kochi, the Queen of the Arabian Sea, who has already donned the garb of the industrial hub of South India. Those in IT, BT, Service Sector Companies & owners of hotels & resorts are making a beeline for space in this city and she will be compete with Tier II cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad et al.
The Kochi International Airport is well connected to all parts of the world. Air India, Oman Air and Kuwait Airways, along with the domestic Indian Airlines operate here.
Kerala, despite her economic backwardness, is the most egalitarian & literate state. To quote Burton Stein, ‘Not only did Kerala launch an exemplary land reform programme, but it also devoted relatively large expenditures to basic education and health care, making the state the most egalitarian, best educated and healthiest in the Indian Union, though it remained among the poorest.’ National Geographic defined Kerala as a ‘Mount Everest of social development’ and a must see in a life time destination ! Lack of industrial infrastructure may have drawn criticism from many quarters. But it has saved Kerala from pollution and the modern fast food culture and made her achieve much in the social sector and get a relatively pristine environment, which has made a her a powerful must see in the tourist map of Incredible India !
The Western Ghats was likened to a ravishing maiden, clad in a green silk saree. So lovely to behold was she, with all her flora and fauna. Now her mantle lies in shreds and tatters, remarked Prof Gadgil. So the noble Prof and his team of scientists developed the Gadgil Report to protect 1500 kms of green landscape, which lies parallel to the Arabian Sea - the environment of the Western Ghats !
Save Biodiversity ! Save Nature !
Rejuvenative Monsoon Therapy
Lots of tourists visit Kerala during the Monsoon Season, which stretches from Edava Pathi ( May 29 ) to Vrischika Anthya ( Dec 16). This period is considered time best for Rejuvenative Therapy or Rasayana Chikitsa by Ayurveda. Restorative indeed is this therapy, like the clouds which restore through rain the exhalations of the land and the sea. The cool atmosphere, dust free normally, opens the pores of the body, making it receptive to herbal oils and therapy.
Kerala, Land of Ayurveda
It is both Monsoon Tourism and Rejuvenative Therapy for the tourists who grace Kerala during the Monsoon Season. She has many Ayurvedic Centers which take care of Wellness. 50% of her Tourism Income is from Ayurveda !
Kerala contributes 50% to India's Marine Exports. India exports 5 billion worth marine products and this year she will export 6 billion !
In our quest for Shakespeares and Kalidasas in the regional languages, let us see what this song or poem has to reveal !
Time is an Unknown Lover
Life his greatest beloved !
Will bestow dreams, will give tears
Will embrace one and then throw out !
Will ultimately sink oneself in Sorrow
Sad that relationships end like this !
Invisible heavens it will reveal
Ultimately ambushing you in the desert !
These lines are similar to Goethe's
Plunge we in Time's tumultous dance
In the rush and roll of circumstance !
Then may delight and distress
And worry and success
Alternately follow, as best as they can
Restless activity proves the man !
Farm Tourism has caught up in a big way in Kerala. It is an integral part of Eco Tourism. The tourists are happy viewing the farms, which are living in rhythm with Natural Law. F T, with her emphasis on Natural Farming, preserves the environment.
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