Kerala, God’s own Country

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At a glance

  • Paramount Tel : + 91 484 2610404

Calicut International Airport, Karipur Tel : +91 483 2710100

  • Domestic flights (direct) : From / To : Mumbai, Chennai, Coimbatore
  • Kerala, a State in the Republic of India, has 14 districts or administrative divisions. The major cities are Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode. There are three airports in the state which provide international and domestic connections.Here is some quick information on Kerala which will be useful for travellers visiting the State.
    Location : Southwestern tip of India.
    Area : 38,863 sq km.
    Population : 31,84,1374
    Capital : Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
    Language : Malayalam. English is widely spoken.
    Religion : Hinduism, Christianity, Islam
    Time : GMT +5:30
    Currency : Indian Rupee
    Climate : Tropical
    Summer : February – May (24 – 33°C)
    Monsoon : June – August (22 – 28°C)
    October – November
    Winter : November – January (22 – 32°C)
    Districts Old Name
    Kasaragod
    Kannur Cannanore
    Wayanad
    Kozhikode Calicut
    Malappuram
    Palakkad Palghat
    Thrissur Trichur
    Ernakulam
    Idukki
    Kottayam
    Alappuzha Alleppey
    Pathanamthitta
    Kollam Quilon
    Thiruvananthapuram Trivandrum
    Major Cities
    Old Name
    Thiruvananthapuram : Trivandrum
    Kochi : Cochin
    Kozhikode : Calicut
    Accessibility
    Thiruvananthapuram International Airport Tel : + 91 471 2501424
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    • Domestic flights (direct) : From / To : Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai
    • International flights (direct) : From / To : Colombo, Maldives, Dubai, Sharjah, Bahrain, Doha, Ras-al-Khaimah, Kuwait , Riyadh, Fujairah, Singapore
    • Air India Tel : + 91 471 2310310
    • Indian Airlines Tel : + 91 471 2318288
    • Jet Airways Tel : + 91 471 2500710, 2500860
    • Sri Lankan Airlines Tel : + 91 471 2471810
    • Gulf Air Tel : + 91 471 2728003, 2501206
    • Oman Airways Tel : + 91 471 2728950
    • Kuwait Airways Tel : + 91 471 2720013
    • Saudi Arabian Airlines Tel : + 91 471 2723141
    • Qatar Airways Tel : + 91 471 3919091, 3919092
    • Paramount Tel : + 91 99954 00003
    • Kingfisher Tel : + 91 471 2508822
    • Jetlite Tel : + 91 471 4010033

    Cochin International Airport (CIAL), Nedumbassery Tel : + 91 484 2610113
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    • Domestic flights(direct) : From / To : Mumbai, Chennai, Goa, Agathi, Bangalore
    • International flights(direct) : From / To : Sharjah, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Dhahran, Bahrain, Riyadh, Muscat
    • Air India Tel : + 91 484 2610050
    • Indian Airlines Tel : + 91 484 2371141
    • Jet Airways Tel : + 91 484 2610037
    • Saudi Arabian Airlines Tel : + 91 484 2352689
    • Singapore Airlines Tel : + 91 484 2358131
    • Kuwait Airways Tel : + 91 484 2382576
    • Sri Lankan Airlines Tel : + 91 484 2361263
    • Emirates Tel : + 91 484 40844444
    • Qatar Airways (Call centre: 0124 – 4566000)
    • Jetlite Tel : + 91 484 2611340
    • Air Deccan Tel : + 91 484 2610289

    International flights (direct): From / To: Sharjah, Bahrain, Dubai, Doha , Ras-al-Khaimah, Kuwait, Riyadh, Fujairah

  • Air India Tel : + 91 483 2766669
  • Indian Airlines Tel : + 91 483 276643
  • Jet Airways Tel : + 91 483 2740052
Police helpline
While traveling on Highways + 91 98461 00100
While traveling in Trains + 91 98462 00100
Seasons

Bestowed with a pleasant and equable climate throughout the year, Kerala is a tropical land with the coast running down its entire length and the Western Ghats forming a protective barrier against the dry winds from up north. The monsoons (June-September & October-November) and summer (February-May) are the seasons markedly experienced here, while winter is only a slight drop in temperature from the normal range of 28-320C.

 

 

Geography

With the Arabian Sea in the west, the Western Ghats towering 500-2700 m in the east and networked by forty-four rivers, Kerala enjoys diverse geographical features. From tall mountains and deep valleys to endless backwaters and an extensive coastline, Kerala has it all.

People

One of India’s most literate and socially advanced, the people of Kerala enjoy a unique cosmopolitan viewpoint, which is reflected in their spirit of tolerance and catholicity of outlook. This can be attributed to Kerala’s composite culture to which several lands and races from across the world have contributed significantly.

Through the ages, Kerala has demonstrated a remarkable ability to adapt to new traditions and values in almost every sphere of human thought and endeavour. This positive response to changes and challenges is what sets the Keralan people as well as the society apart.

Keralites have a high degree of awareness and political consciousness. In the field of education too, Keralites hold a unique position. The literacy rate for women is one of the highest in all of Asia. Which is perhaps why the women in the State enjoy a privileged status both within the family and society.

History


Kerala’s history is closely linked with its commerce, which until recent times revolved around its spice trade. Celebrated as the Spice Coast of India, ancient Kerala played host to travellers and traders from across the world including the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch, French and the British. Almost all of them have left their imprint on this land in some form or the other – architecture, cuisine, literature.


 



 

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