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“KERALA - Why its called God's Own Country- where the hell it is?”
Review of Kerala Backwaters

Kerala Backwaters
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Kochi Private Tour: Kerala Backwater Houseboat Day Cruise
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Nautica Kochi Shore Excursion: Alleppey Backwater Houseboat Tour
Ranked #7 of 1,089 things to do in Kerala
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Reviewed 16 January 2013

God's own country? How Kerala got the name? Kerala located in South india in an extra ordinary land with almost all elements of nature. Kerala is the 100% literate state in India is also famous for tour and tourism. Poets wrote poems about this state and many writers find hard to express the full beauty of this place.Nestled between the pristine waters of the Arabian sea on the west and the lush Western Ghat mountains on the east, its intense network of rivers and lagoons, thick forests, exotic wildlife, tranquil stretches of emerald backwaters and a long shoreline of serene beaches make it a traveler's paradise. God's own country! Paradise !!! The rich cultural heritage , the dance form and the essence of music are so impressive that the tourist will be spell bound by this magic features of kerala. The literary meaning of Kerala is "the land of coconuts". "Kera" in Malayalam (the language of Kerala) means coconut. As Kerala is abundant with coconut plants, it naturally got the name Kerala. In Kerala, you can find Coconut trees everywhere. The state has such wonderful and magnificent attractions beyond one's imagination.

Still we have not covered our core point or the question: How Kerala got that magical tagline "The God's own country"? In fact even many of the Malayalees, the son of the soil, don't know how it got that attractive tag-God's own country
it was created by one Mr Walter Mendez, who was also the Creative Director of a reputed Ad agency in India. The creation took birth in the year 1989. Sadly, the man is no more now as he died some 10 years ago. Walter coined the tag on the request of Kerala Tourism Department when the Kerala government wished to market Kerala's high tourism potentialities before the travel world. The phrase "God's own country" did wonders. Also it had a magical impact. The tourists changed their travel plans and made Kerala their preferred destination when they noticed the ads in tourism magazines and other periodicals. They longed to experience and feel the luxury of "God's own country". As the tag was so catchy, the travel folks easily developed a love to see the land. And they were never disappointed while returning.

Every nook and corner in Kerala you will see Hindu temples, Muslim mosques and Christian Churches; and unlike many other parts of India, people live happily without communal riots and great religious tolerance. Hence it is God's own country full of worship places!

98  Thank AceTourstravels
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Reviewed 15 January 2013

Take a canoe and avoid motorboats and your experience will be ten times better. You can take small canals, visit small villages, communicate with locals as you pass by.. truly a memorable experience that I recommend to anyone.

24  Thank Kai81212
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Reviewed 15 January 2013

Very good experience on House Boat during a 1-day cruise. Also possible to spend a night abroad. I will advise all my friends to do it when they will visit Kerala

6  Thank Tomdene78
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Reviewed 14 January 2013

Would recommend the day tour with Destination based in Fort Cochin. A good combination of chill out, examples of local trade and a knowledgable guide to boot!
A great way to spend a day if you're short on time. Bonus: Being away from Allepey meant there was much less tourist boat traffic.

5  Thank izzylina
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Reviewed 14 January 2013

Definetly recommended experience. We did a day tour, would have liked to try one that was overnight.

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