Kerala – the name brings to one’s mind a land wrapped in verdant stretches of green and blue. Blessed with incredible scenic beauty the topography has varied landscapes of mountains, lowlands, forests, backwaters and beaches. This small geographical area on the west coast of the Indian Peninsula holds such diverse attractions: enchanting history, opulent culture, unique customs, powerful art forms, and a well entrenched alternative system of health, exclusive architecture, scrumptious food etc. Kerala for all its popularity in the tourism circuit is a laid back state with Agriculture being the major occupation. The state has achieved exemplary all round development levels, Keralites are highly literate, remarkably healthy and enjoy good standard of living. October to March is the ideal time to travel to Kerala, although there are different experiences to be savoured any time you visit Include in Kerala’s powerful art forms and festivals at Thrissur, explore the history of Cochin, observe birds and wildlife in Periyar or Wayanad, rejuvenate with Ayurveda at Palakkad, trek through the tea covered landscapes and misty mountain ranges around Munnar, relax by the beaches at Kovalam. Witness the awesome Snake Boat race at Alleppey or glide along the pristine backwaters of Kumarakom.Kerala’s other asset as a destination are its stylish heritage and boutique hotels. In the space of just a week, you can cruise the rivers of Kuttanad in a converted rice barge, bed down in a former tea planter’s bungalow high in the hills, and relax over an Ayurvedic massage in an antique wood nallukettu house nestled in the palm grove behind a secluded beach or backwater canal.Such distinctive attractions – both cultural and natural – explains why National Geographic’s Traveler magazine named the state as one of their ‘Top 50 Must See Destinations of a Lifetime’.