Kerala- The land of amazing beauty !

Only few destinations have that ideal proposition of featurescapable of satisfying the taste of all types of tourists. Kerala is doubtlessly one.

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Kerala Cuisines

Though one can find a wide plethora of local cuisine varieties, in general, like most of the South Indian cuisine, Kerala has spicy yet piquant food items. Unlike many other cuisines, Kerala has a unique variety of cuisine made using the ingredients that are locally available and this makes the Kerala cuisine stand out

With excellent and surprising culinary traditions, Kerala has amassed a lot of loyal admirers of its cuisines. It is why anyone who is on a Kerala holiday package here prefers to savor the delicacies and striking tastes of Kerala. So to support the foodie in a traveler, one can easily find popular Kerala dishes in all the main tourist places in Kerala



THE KERALA-CHARACTER OF FOOD


Kerala cuisine is very distinct and lends a lot of importance on a wide variety of factors that affectfood preparation; be it the ingredients used for cooking or the vessel that is used to cook the food items or the type of fire that is used Although, it may seem trivial in the beginning, all these factors make Kerala cooking a feast to the eyes and an experience one always want to hark back to even after you have settled after enjoying the surprises of a dreamlikeKerala holiday package like never before.


KERALA VEGETARIAN AND NON-VEGETARIAN


The people of the state consume both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food.

Vegetarian food is consumed by the Brahmins here and non-vegetarian is famous among non-Brahmins. Delicious and delightful, there is no reason to not to savor the taste of Kerala cuisine while you are enjoying the place on any Kerala holiday package.

COCONUT AND KERALA CUISINE ARE INSEPARABLE


One of the main ingredients of Kerala cuisine is Coconut which is grown in the state.

In fact, the name Kerala is derived from the word meaning ‘the land of coconuts’ in the local language. Coconut is used in almost every food item in Kerala and Coconut oil is used as the main cooking oil. Coconut milk is also used to lend a sweet trace to the food and it is favored by most people here.

SEAFOOD, AN EXEMPLARY DAY-TO-DAY FOOD


Almost every district of Kerala boarders with the sea and hence, seafood is very common here. There are a wide variety of indigenous seafood items that are delicious and mouthwatering. Unlike other parts of the country, seafood occupies an important part in the everyday cooking of the state. Seafood such as fish, lobsters, shellfish and crabs are an important part of the daily food here. It is also common to find small fishes that are salted, dried and are preserved as pickles. The common fish that are used in this region is Mackerel and Sardines.

Surprising as it may sound, Kerala cuisines are mainly based of the local varieties of rice that are grown here and a typicalkeralite prefers rice over many other food items and rice is the major food item here. It finds an important place in breakfast, lunch and dinner

Food items such as Dosa, Iddli, Puttu, Appam, Idiappam are the most consumed breakfast here and surprisingly all are made from battered rice flour. Boiled rice with a wide variety of curries always accompanies Kerala lunch and dinner.

Though a five-day Kerala holiday package may not be enough to savor all the delicacies and food that Kerala has to offer, Kerala is a food hub that no foodie wants to miss.

GOING BACK THE AGES; KERALA HISTORY


The origin and transformation of the sacred land of Kerala to the fine majesty that it is today undoubtedly is shrouded in fascination and intrigue.

Going by the most retold legend, Kerala was heaved from the depths of sea as a result of Sage Parashurama, one among the ten incarnations of the Lord Vishnu. This bestowed the name ‘God’s Own Country’ to this beautiful state

Kerala is a land of forward thinking socio-cultural-economic movements and associations. The rich traditions and customs followed by the people of Kerala even from the times of the legend have long paved trails for the next generations to move in the direction of education, self-enlightenment and development.

EARLY MENTIONS ABOUT KERALA


Setting aside the fabled legends, if we go by the history of the land, the natural populace of Kerala were Dravidians. The early records about Kerala can be found in the inscriptions of the Emperor Ashoka of the Mouryan Dynasty. He inscribes about the Kingdom of Keralaputras, known as the Cheras ruled the lands of North Travancore, Malabar and Cochin—all these form Kerala, now

THE KERALAPUTRAS OR THE FAMOUS CHERAS AND TRADE


Ruling from the interiors of Vanchi, the Cheras were quite successful at trade even from the beginning itself. On the coasts of the mighty sea of Arabia, they built renowned harbor towns such as Muziris and Tyndis, which were destined to shape the economy of the state. They lured great trading relations with the Romans. Inscriptions in the literature of Sangham can be seen describing the arrival of great Roman ships bringing gold coins to buy pepper from Kerala

There are many instances of Roman gold coins collected from the areas of Eyyal and Kottayam in Kerala. This confirms the accuracy of the inscriptions found in the Sangham literature,Kerala witnessed a surge in trade relations in the early centuries of AD.

Important religions like Islam, Jew, and Christianity established its way in this region during these times.

NATIVE RULERS AND THEIR SUCCESSION


Under the rule of the first Perumal ruler,Koyipperumal,under Brahmanism, the then Kerala flourished into a great land of prosperity and wealth. The last Perumal king, CheramanPerumal divided the kingdom and it was succeeded by the Thiruvithamkoor King, Samoothiri King,Kolathiri King and the Cochin King. At the end of the reign of the Perumals, Kerala came under the ‘Naduvazhi’ ruling. Of the ‘Naduvazhi’ rulers, Marthandavarma was famous and ruled Kerala during the time

THE MODERN TRADE RELATION AND ARRIVALS OF CHIEF EUROPEANS


When Vasco Da Gama arrived at Kappad beach, Kozhikode, it marked a new era that would set long term repercussions in the history of not only the state but also the motherland India. Being a perfect land of invaluable spices, wealth and tradition, the foreigners took Kerala as a perfect haven to establish their might. Slowly but constantly the foreigners began dominating the local rulers. They took advantage of the enmity between the local rulers to establish their reign in Kerala.

Way before India ever started its first ever rebellion, Kerala started its fight against foreign rule in the year 1809. But most of them were overpowered by the foreign might and their weaponry.Most the regions of Kerala were under the command of the British till India got its independence in the year of 1947.

The current state of Kerala was formed by uniting various kingdoms under the rule of the central government of India on November 1, 1956. No one then would have thought that the new state will be known for its rich culture and heritage with great literary enlightenment.