The small state of Kerala, which represents just 1% of the land mass, is considered to be one of India’s most beautiful state. It is a very rural state with most of the population living in villages but is culturally and scenically diverse. Kerala has two national parks, ten wildlife sanctuaries and two bird sanctuaries.
Kerala occupies a long (550km), narrow strip of land in the far south of India. Its coastline is on the Arabian Sea (part of the Indian Ocean) and its eastern border with the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu is the top of the majestic Western Ghat mountains. The landscape varies from long golden beaches to cool hill stations and dense green jungle to bustling cities. Its unique feature is the 1,900km of palm fringed backwaters.
The state has achieved a human development index comparable to the developed countries of the World. Prof. Amartya Sen has attributed these achievements largely to the priority which the state has accorded to high literacy among all Indian states and education for a long time. The society attaches so much importance to education that the school in Kerala is really the nucleus of the social microcosm. Better education kindles the aspirations of the people and the main concern is on how to improve the quality of education.
Kozhikode District found a place in the World History with the discovery of Sea Route to India in 1498 by the Portuguese Navigator Vasco Da Gama. Vasco Da Gama landed at the Kappad sea shore with three vessels and 170 men. A monument is constucted here to commemorate the historical landing.
Basking in the idyllic setting of the serene Arabian Sea on the west and the proud peaks of the Wayanad hills on the east, this district with the serene beaches, lush green countryside, historic sites, all combine to make Kozhikode a popular tourist destination filled with a warm ambience to fascinate a visitor.
Kozhikode has played an important role in the field of education, agriculture, spice trade, fishing, ship building, sea trade, media, heritage structures, cultural arts and festivals, tourism, personalities like V. K. Krishna Menon, P.T. Usha and much more to become a well known district of Kerala.
What To See
Museums– Pazhassirajah,Krishna Menon
Religious stuctures–Jama–at–palli,Tali Temple
Sanctuary – Kadalundi Bird Sanctury etc.
The Second Mecca of football lovers
The land of Kalaripayyattu
Sandy coastal belt, the rocky highlands,lateritic midland
Kannur district in North, Wayanad, district in East, Malappuram district in South, Arabian Sea on West.
Kannur (earlier Canannore), has carved a niche in the socio–political history of the state. The capital of erstwhile Kolathiri Rajas, the ancient town had fallen to European forces in several occasions. In 15th century, the Portuguese were the first to establish a settlement here. St. Angelo's Fort in the city was built by the first Portuguese Viceroy in 1505. The Portuguese factory built by Cabral in 1501 was captured by the Dutch in 1663. In 1708 the British built a fort at Thalassery (earlier Tellichery), another coastal town in Kannur. The nearby Mahe became a French colony in the 18th century.
Many folk art and dance forms have roots in the socio–religious culture of the district. Theyyam and Kavadiyattam were nurtured and nourished by artistes from Kannur. Another stronghold of the district is weaving. As many as hundred weaving units are ticking over here.
What To See
Dharmadam Island (Beach)
St. Angelo Fort (3 km from Kannur)
Valapattanam (7 km from Kannur)
The Snake Park
The Land of Cricket
Kannur is boarded by Karnataka's Kodagu district.
The Kasargod district is gifted by Mother Nature with water, forest, and mineral resources. The forest-covered Western Ghats in the east and the Arabian Sea in the west flank. Demarcating the north and the south are two rivers – the Talapadi and the Trikaripur (near Karuvellure) . Grey rocks and barren land amidst dense Vegetation as well as calm lagoons visible through the coconut palms along the coastal bet lend this district a rare and distinct beauty. Not surprisingly, Kasargod is poised for growth in the area of tourism.
Kasaragode is a beautiful town poised at the northern extreme of Kerala state. 16 km south of the town on theNational Highway is the largest and best preserved fort in the whole of Kerala, girded by a splendid beach. Shapedlike a giant keyhole, this magnificent historical fort offers a superb view of the Arabian sea from its tall observationtowers, where a few centuries ago huge cannons were strategically placed.
Northernmost District of Kerala
What To See
The land of Yakshagana and Theyyam
To its south lies Kannur District and to the north the Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka state. All along its west it is walled by the Western Ghats while along the east the Arabian Sea borders it.