Monday, November 23, 2009

Cultural Heritage Of Kerala

Located in southwestern India Kerala have a unique culture that has made itself a popular tourists place around the world. Formed in the year 1956, Kerala has 14 districts and Thiruvananthapuram is it's capital.

Cultural Heritage Of Kerala

Most of the dance forms in Kerala are performed in connection with harvests, festivals etc. There are more than 50 well-known folk dances in Kerela. Some of the most popular ones are Kaliyattom, Mudiyettu, Kolam Thullal, Padayani, Kolkali, Parichamuttukali, Thappukali, Kuravarkali and Thiruvathirakali.

The festivals of Kerala have a big traditional history behind them. Onam, Vishu, Navaratri, Aaranmula Boat Race, Cochin Carnival, Sabarimala Festival , Malabar Mahotsavam, Aarattu, Jagannatha Festival, Thirunakara Festival , Vettukadu Perunal are some of the popular festivals of Kerala.

Cultural heritage of Kerala can be very well revealed with it's massive forts, temples, mosques, churches etc. The massive forts that showcase the fine architecture of Kerala are Pallippuram Fort, Palakkad Fort, St. Angelo's Fort, Bakel Fort, Dutch Palace.

Kerala also came in close contact with Islam. The mosques in the state are generally covered structure, with walls constructed of laterite blocks, that comprises of a large prayer hall in the centre with covered verandhas on all the sides. Charachira Jama Masjid, Nainar Mosque, Kanjiramattom Mosque, Cheraman Jama Masjid, Odathil Mosque, Malik Dinar Mosque attract pilgrims from all over the country.

St. Mary's Church, Cheriapalli, St. Mary's Church, Manarcad, St. George's Church, Puthupalli, St. Thomas Mount, St. Joseph's Monastery, Mannanam are few of the famous churches of Kerala.

The exotic cuisine of Kerala offers the most delicious and mouth watering foods on earth. Kerala is rich in coconut and fish. Chillies, curry leaf, mustard seed, tamarind and asafoetida are important ingredients for every dish.

This tranquil state is a tropical paradise of waving palms and wide sandy beaches with rich cultural heritage.

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