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Sleeping in the cradle of Malabar Coast, the God’s own country is the best gateaway one can have. From the folks of Kathakali to the traditional forms of Oppana and Margam Kali, Kerala beautifies the confluence of religions in the state. A huge part of the Malayalam culture is their art and cinema which has proven to have better artistic expression than the charismatic Bollywood. Onam (harvest festival) and Ona Sadhya (Onam feast) are distinct features of their culture, which bring together all Keralites under one roof. Kerala has its own martial art form, the Kalarippayattu, which is slowly reviving from the suppression it faced during British Raj. The spice and coffee of the state hold a special place in the hearts of the Indians. The brackish lagoons called the Backwaters singly attract the most tourism and help in decluttering and sorting ones priorities in just one boat ride. Kerala is an experience one should have.

The massive forts located in the beaches, cities and remote interiors of Kerala speak volumes on the waterfront turbulence of a bygone era when these structures were used for defense. Kerala possesses a fine integration of diverse cultures absorbed into society during different periods in history. Different religious communities have made their home in Kerala since the early days and each group has contributed some aspects of its unique culture and lifestyle and left an impact.

Some of the architectural marvels of Kerala housing a rich cultural legacy and proud heritage include the center of art & culture, Kerala Kalamandalam in Thrissur, the ancient wooded Padmanabhapuram Palace near Thiruvananthapuram, the famous Bekal Fort in Kasargode echoing the war cries and rebellion of yore, and the Napier Museum in the state capital chronicling the complete history of Kerala through antiques and artifacts.

Kerala’s culture is influenced by three major religions of the state – Hinduism, Islam and Christianity. The state livens up during all the major festivals celebrated by the people of these three faiths. If you are the artsy traveller, Kerala’s art and culture will nurture your artistic soul. Witness magnificent Kathakali and Mohiniattam performances when in Kerala and cherish the true cultural heritage of this land. Kathakali is the Indian classical dance form that depicts Indian epics and is recognised by UNESCO as the Intangible Cultural Heritage. Mohiniattam is a graceful and feminine dance form and emotes a play through music and dance. Whether you are fond of dance or not, you are sure to lose yourself in these enticing and mesmerising dance performances.

The tropical weather in Kerala pretty much ensures that beach time here is gonna be great for your tan. And there are so many to choose from all along the coastline, too! Marari beach is a stunning stretch of sand, Bekal’s beach has a fort (yes, you read that right!) overlooking it that you can explore, and there’s Muzhapillangad Beach, which you can drive on!