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The Western Ghats, have long been the defensive line for Kerala and at the same time encouraged maritime contact with the rest of the world. Kerala has been the focal point of visitors from all over the world for a long time now. People have landed here in search for spices, sandalwood and ivory. This green land had been haunted by the Romans, the Phoenicians, Arabs and the Chinese long before Vasco Da Gama laid anchor with the Portugese in tow. Thus this state has acquired a cosmopolitan outlook.Travancore, Kochi(Cochin) and Malabar, together constitute the present-day state of Kerala.
Best time to visit Kerala
The best time to visit Kerala anytime round the year.
Winters in December to March and monsoons in May are the best time to go to Kerala. The day time temperature is about 32 degrees and night temperature drops to the lowest of 20 degrees. The hottest months are April, May and June, where the temperature soars above 36 degrees with high humidity.
The festivals of Kerala transcend the level of mere entertainment. They are inherited from an age old tradition that exudes the essence of Kerala. Earlier Kerala was a group of villages who had their own imperial gods and goddesses who they believed protected them against any untoward calamities
The major attraction of Kerala can be said to be the snake boat race (Vallamkali) a sport that displays excellent team spirit, integration and amity of people of Kerala. Snake boat races are usually held in connection with Onam, the harvest festival in August/September. Scores of long snake boats and other smaller crafts participate in this event.