Kerala is situated in the south west of India. It has one of the highest literacy rates in India and is also the most densely populated state in India. It is located between the Lakshadweep Sea and the Western Ghats. Beautiful beaches, rice fields, mango and cashew nut trees, and coconut palms dominate the landscape of Kerala. Upland area, relatively less visited, is composed of thick teak and rubber trees where Kerala’s most precious spices – cardamom, pepper, nutmeg are grown, giving Kerala the name – ‘the Spice Coast of India.’
It is also known as the ‘Queen of Arabian Sea’. It is a natural harbour and a commercial hub. Some of the places of tourist interest in Kochi are the ‘Jewish Synagogue’, ‘Dutch Palace’ and ‘Vypeen Island’.
Situated on the banks of Vembanad Lake, this coastal town on the Arabian Sea is known as the ‘Venice of the east’ for the numerous canals that meander through it, on which travellers can enjoy boating tours. It is also popular for its cashew nuts, coir trade, rice, pepper and coconut. Snake-boat race is a thrilling event held here every year in August.