‘Chalo bulawa aya hai, Mata ne bulaya hai’.
- Between the ancient creations myth of Kerala and the modern political fact is a land of lush, physical beauty that contains a rich storehouse of legend, history, culture and tradition. When the victorious warrior-goddess Bhadrakali selected a place on earth where she would reside she chose Kerala in the southwestern corner of India and today the thattakkam, Kerala’s local equivalent of a parish, is always under the divine jurisdiction of a goddess. Kerala Tour Packages, Kerala holiday packages from Delhi… Although legend declares that the land of Kerala was formed when Par-surama, an incarnation of Lord Visnu, threw his mighty battle-axe into the Arabian Sea, the fertile land that emerged was established as the state of Kerala as recently as 1956, with the integration of three Malayalam-speaking areas, Malabar and the two former princely states of Cochin and Travancore. Kerala’s attractions are tucked away in the Cardamon Hills and along the Malabar Coast, laced between 41 rivers and plantations of teak, pepper and rubber, all kept green by two monsoons each year. Much of the landscape and wealth of Kerala is dominated by tall, elegant coconut palms. No part of this tree is wasted and the state has a flourishing coir (fibre) industry. Coffee plantations spread across the foothills of the Western Ghats, tea grows at higher altitudes and, in southern Kerala, there are acres of rubber trees. Another important crop, sold to North India, is the areca nut which grows on graceful palms. Kerala Tour Packages, Kerala holiday packages from Delhi… The Malabar coast grows the world’s best pepper. Half of Europe engaged in power struggles to command supplies of this small, pungent berry. Cardamom and cashew nuts are other important cash crops and no compound is without a few banana trees. The flatter, fertile land supports two or three annual harvests of rice. Tasty Keralan rice —eaten with practically every meal — is parboiled before dehusking, giving a characteristic fat grain flecked with red, a process that preserves the vitamin D.