Handicrafts- Best example of Eco-Friendly Tourism Practice of Kerala

 

Kerala, the God’s own favorite nation is the land of scenic blend that allure the tourists from every nook and corner of the world. This nature’s paradise is also known for its unique culture and rich traditions. Kerala holds a rich tradition of Handicrafts. The traditional handicrafts of Kerala have a class of its own.  This unique handicraft is a part of the rich cultural heritage of this vibrant state. It is one the best example for the Eco-friendly tourism practices of Kerala. If you are a shopaholic and planning a trip to this God’s own kingdom, then this unique art and craft products are going to be very irresistible for you. Include some trip to the cultural villages with your Kerala tour packages from Delhi with Dream Holidays, to witness this extraordinary skills of the craftsmen of Kerala.  Most of these products are made of naturally available materials and the amazing talents of the craftsmen play an important role in its creation. You can see the rich cultural heritage of Kerala is depicted on these unique creations.

The artisans of Handicrafts of Kerala have traditional expertise in

  • Brass and Metal Works
  • Coir Products
  • Ivory Works
  • Carving in wood, jewelry design
  • Idols and Figures in Metal
  • Life Size Models of Kathakali
  • Models of Snake Boat Race
  • Idols of Nataraja
  • Various Lamps
  • Metal Crafts

Industrial arts and handicrafts play an important part of the cultural heritage of Kerala. Metal crafts are one of the most sought after among the traditional art and the Bell-metal crafting is an old time industrial art. It involves mainly two types of activities. The images of idols of the deities are made out of copper, bronze and brass are used for worship in the temples and for other religious purposes. Craftsmen also make huge carpus or multi-layered lamps and other household utensils out of these metals. These products are most demanded ones because of their high degree of perfection.

Lamps 

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Lamps of unique artistic beauty are also made by Kerala craftsmen. The Greek lamp or Changalavatta, Archana lamp, Arati Dipa are the most famous ones.

Aranmula Mirror

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It is one of the most famous art pieces of Kerala. This has attained famous among the products of the bell metal industry. It is made of copper and tin and resembles the glass mirror in every respect in point of usage.

Koftgari Work

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It is one of the popular metal crafts of India. It is also being practiced by a few artisans in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala. They make figures of deities, landscapes, floral designs and many fancy articles of many varieties in Koftagari work. This is one of the Main attraction of Kerala tour packages.

Woodcraft

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It is another popular handicraft art piece in Kerala and it is testified to by the temples and churches of the State which abound in wood carvings. Netturpetti is one of the most exquisite one among them, sandalwood carvings are also very popular among them, including decorated boxes, candle stands, toys, Kathakali dance dolls etc.

Jewelry of Kerala

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The traditional jewelry of Kerala is also famous for its aesthetic beauty and artistic perfection. Each community has some kind of typical ornament for them. The most famous ones are

Nagapadam or serpent hood– it is a typical ornament for some Hindu community and is so called because of the shape of its pendent.

Toda- It is an ear ornament and-and is in the shape of a double convex disc and can wear only after dilating the earlobes.

Mukuthi–  It is the ornament for the nose.

Kappu, Addyal, Yantram, Avil mala, Puli Nakham, Cherutali

Kasu mala, Oddyanam- Used by Brahmin community mostly.

Mekka Motiram– It is a kind of heavy guilt brass ring and is worn by the Christian women.

Granite carving

It is also a unique art of Handicrafts and mostly centers in Chengannur. The granite workers also make the variety of artifacts like idols, household equipment, pillars, survey stones etc.

Lacquer Ware

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It is also one of the most popular ones among the handicrafts. Here the craftsmen perfectly combine the metal and wood.

Rice Straw Handicrafts

Rice Straw Handicrafts

it is unique art that is originated in Kerala. It is done by using the shade of rice straw to craft beautiful painting.

The craftsmen of Kerala also develop a diverse kind of handicrafts using the rich wealth of flora and fauna that Kerala is blessed with. This kind of handicrafts consist of

  • Screw pine mat
  • Pillow covers
  • Cushions
  • Vanity bags
  • Purses
  • Hats

Some of the unique materials used for making simplest handicrafts include-

  • Bamboo- the art of weaving bamboo-reed mat, baskets and fancy articles is one of the simplest of handicrafts.
  • Kora grass– it is also similarly used for making mats of different sizes and colors.
  • Rattan– it is used in the making of some utility and fancy artifacts.
  • Coconut shell– It is used for manufacturing articles of utility and beauty such as lamp stands, flower vases, ashtrays etc.
  • Coir– Carpets and made of coir are produced in many interesting designs and colors, which are most sought after among India and abroad.
  • Buffalo-born– The craftsmen who are engaged in ivory carving also use buffalo born for practicing their art.

Lace and embroidery work of high quality is done by many women in the different parts of Kerala. Talangara village in Kasargod is well famous for this textile marketing industry. The cotton caps that are manufactured here has a prestige market in foreign countries.

Ivory carving is another traditional art of Kerala. The ivory throne that is made by the legendary king of Kerala- Swati Tirunal is still preserved as a unique show piece. The craftsmen of ivory carving manufacture a variety of models of the famous mythological characters, animals, birds, cases etc.

Snake boat or locally known as Chundan vallam is one of the unique specimens that is made of ivory carving and is purchased by the tourists who visit here as a souvenir.

These handicrafts items are some unique and Eco-friendly products that well compliments the tourism industry in Kerala. These will be perfect for collecting as souvenirs for your friends and families during your trip to this wonderful land.

Famous Mosques in Kerala by Dream Holidays

Kerala is a very beautiful place in India having many tourism places, pilgrim centres. Coming to the point of mosques, it’s very important to note that the very first mosque of India was built in Kerala. Let’s go and explore some famous in Kerala.

Cheraman Juma masjid

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It was the first ever Muslim worship place that is established in India which was built in Kodungaloor. It played a significant role in the history of Kerala. One of the interesting factors about this place is that it resembles a Hindu temple in appearance. It is the first mosque in India and the second in the world where Juma Prayers start to conduct.

History Behind

The interesting story behind this place is that Cheraman Perumal-the ancient king of Kodungalloor accepted Islam religion and traveled to Mecca and on his way back passed away. Later Malik Ibn Deenar, who had played a vital role in spreading Islam across the state, established this place according to the wishes of Cheraman Perumal. The mosque faces east, symbolically towards Mecca.

The place is now known as Cheraman Malik Nagar in the honor of the legends.

  • Location: Kodunagalloor, Thrissur Town
  • Nearest Railway Station: Ernakulam
  • Nearest Airport: Cochin

 

Malik Ibn Deenar Mosque

  • Location: Thalankara, Kasargod

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As the name indicates, it was established by malik Ibn Deenar around AD 642 in Kasargod District. The Mosque is built in typical Kerala traditional style and is best preserved and maintained.  The place has great historical importance and is a very popular place of worship.  People from nearby states like Karnataka also often visit this place.  The typical  Kerala architecture is one of the additional attraction and Many of the Arabic writings about malik Dinar is carved on the pillars.

History

Malik Din Deenar was the propagator of Islam in Kerala, and it is said that he and his twelve followers established this as the mission of propagating Islam in all other parts of the state.

Mampuram Mosque, Thirurangadi

Mampuram Mosque, Thiruangadi

It is located in Tiruangadi in Malappuram District and has significant importance with the historic freedom struggle against the British Rule which is popularly known as- Mappila lahala of 1921.

History

This place was one of the top mustering places for the rebels during Mappila Lahala, which was a part of Khilafat movement which led to the empowerment of the Muslim League.

This place is also famous for Mambram Makham, which was held yearly in the month of Muhram.

Thazhathangady Juma Masjid,

  • Location: Kottayam
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kottayam(4 km)
  • Nearest Airport: Cochin(50 km)

Thazhathangady Juma Masjid

This ancient mosque that is located on the banks of the famous river Meencahil in Kottayam District is one of the oldest one, which is said to be 100 years old. It is part of the heritage sites in Kerala and you can visit it on Kerala tour packages from your city Delhi. Breaking the hundred years of tradition this place is now opened for women to have a look at the inside.

Odathil Palli

  • Location: Thalassery
  • Nearest railway station: Thalassery
  • Nearest airport: Calicut

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It is one of the old surviving mosques in Thalassery and the architecture is a mixture of Hindu and Muslim as seen mostly with the traditional mosques.

It has become a tourist attraction and is still in use for worship.

Beema Palli

  • Location: Thiruvanathapuram

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It is established by the Muslim spiritual leader Zainudh Makhdum and known as the Mecca in Kerala. It was once a center for Islamic education and is a famous record in Malabar Manual by William Logan.

It is one of the prominent mosques in the capital city of Kerala. And there is an interesting story behind this. Hazratha Bee Amma or Beema Beevi who believed to belong to the family of legend Prophet Mohammed and known to have come here for the propagation of Islam.

There is a belief that the medicated water from the wells of this mosque is capable of curing any disease, where one wall contains hot water and the other cold.

Sheik Fariduddin Mosque

  • Location: Ernakulam
  • Nearest railway station: Mulanthuruthy railway station
  • Nearest airport: Cochin International airport

Sheik Fariduddin Mosque

It is a well-known mosque that is located in Ernakulam district and can easily reach by train or Cochin international airport. The place is dedicated to Sheik Fariduddin and is well famous for the religious ritual-Kodikuthu, which is the annual festival of Kanjiramattom, which draws a large number of tourists from all over.

Ponnani Juma Masjid

  • Location: Malappuram

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And after all these time much has been added and much has got removed from the architecture and style of the mosques, but the tradition remains rich, even the expression change.

Kerala A Complete Versatile Destination of India – Dream Holidays

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Kerala owns the title of God’s Own Country which is very much apt. Kerala is blessed with abundance of lush green land, rivers, and backwaters, mountains with rain forests and a long coastal line. The climate of this place also plays an important role in bringing more tourists on Kerala tour packages from Delhi and other cities. Tourism in Kerala is a developing sector. There are several factors in Kerala which attracts the tourists like good places, nice climate, great food and friendly people. Kerala is also known as the land of spices. The vegetation here includes spices like black pepper, cardamom, cloves, ginger etc which are very famous in international markets. Kerala also exports tea. Another important crop is Coconut. Kerala derives its name from the coconut tree. Kerala means the land of coconut trees. Kerala is situated between the Arabian Sea on one side and the Western Ghats on the other side. The landscape of Kerala includes a variety of beaches, hill stations, forests, mountains, backwaters, rivers, lagoons, fertile plains etc.

The Coastal Line

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The long coastal line of Kerala which runs like a backbone along the length of the state has many beautiful beaches like Kovalam beach, Varkala beach, Alappuzha beach, Cherai beach,Chavakkad beach, Ponnani beach, Kozhikode beach, Muzhapilangad beach, Payyambalam beach, Kasargod beach etc. Kovalam is a beach town in Thiruvananthapuram with several serene beaches which attract many tourists. There are many good resorts on the beaches at Kovalam where you can stay and enjoy the beauty of Kerala coast during your Kerala packages from Delhi. You can also get your adrenaline pumped up by activities like surfing and gliding with the waves or simply take a dip in the blue waters of the calm sea. Varkala beach is a cliff-side beach with good scenic beauty. The cliffs found in Varkala, adjacent to the Arabian Sea are a unique geological feature on the otherwise plain Kerala coast. It is declared as a geo-heritage site and a geological monument by Geological Survey of India (GSI). The Papanasam beach is considered to have holy waters which wash away all sins. Alappuzha beach is a tourist attraction where there is a 150 years old pier which extends to the sea. Cherai beach, Chavakkad beach, Ponnani beach, Kozhikode beach, Payyambalam beach and Kasargod beach are some of the major beaches which line the coastal strip of Kerala. Muzhapilangad beach is the only drive-in beach among these. There you can enjoy a ride in your car seeing the waves and feeling the salt tasted wind on your face.

Hill stations of Kerala

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Some of the famous hill stations of Kerala are Munnar, Thekkady, Vagamon, Ponmudi, Lakkidi, Vythiri, Idukki, Peerrmedu, Malampuzha and Mattupetty. Munnar is an ideal place to relax and unwind yourself. Take a break from your busy life to enjoy its unparalleled shades of green and nice climate. Munnar is situated at the confluence of three rivers, located at an elevation of about 1600m above sea level. The rolling tea-planted hills and the mist above them together make a lifetime memory indeed! Thekkady is yet another excellent destination for Kerala honeymoon packages. It is blessed with lush flora and diverse fauna. Periyar wildlife sanctuary is home to many elephants. You can enjoy elephant safari and boat ride in Periyar lake. You can go for trekking also there. Ayyampuzha, Gavi, Athirapally, Charalkunnu, Malayattur, Kalpetta, Thiruvambadi, Malakkappara, Vithura, and Ranipuram are some among the lesser known hill stations of Kerala. Though these places are less explored by tourists, they are like pristine beauties of nature, waiting to be discovered!

The Greener side – Rain Forests

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Kerala is blessed with lush greenery and a varied wildlife. There is many reserved forest areas and protected biospheres in Kerala. There are more than twenty- five popular wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary, Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary, Mangalavanam Wildlife Sanctuary, Thattekkad Wildlife Sanctuary, Chimmony Wildlife Sanctuary, Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary etc are some of the wildlife sanctuaries of Kerala you can visit during your Kerala travel packages. Each one has its own specialties and set of flora and fauna. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary and Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary are famous for the variety of migrating birds visiting them every year from distant lands. Eravikulam National Park, Silent valley National Park, Anamudi Shola National Park, Mathikettan Shola National Park and Pampadum Shola National Park are also situated in the protected forest areas of Kerala and are home to many species of birds and animals.

Mountains and Peaks

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The Western Ghats stand taller as the eastern border of Kerala. They play an important role in bringing the monsoons in abundance to Kerala. Aanamudi is the highest peak in the Western Ghats and South India. The peak of Aanamudi is at an elevation of 2,695 meters, and a topographic prominence of 2,479 meters. Palakkad Gap is a low mountain pass in the Western Ghats with an average elevation of 140 meters and a width of 30 kilometers. The districts of Idukki, Wayanad, Malappuram, Kottayam and Pathanamthitta also have many big and small mountains. Some of them can offer you a good trek.

Rivers of Kerala

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There is a network of 44 rivers across the land of Kerala. Among these, 41 flow to the West to join the Arabian Sea and the other 3 rivers flow in the eastern direction. These rivers are the blood line of Kerala which provides water for drinking, irrigation, power generation and agricultural needs. Bharathapuzha (Nila), Periyar, Pamba, Kabini are some of the major rivers of Kerala. There are many dams constructed in the rivers for irrigation purposes. There are many hydroelectric power stations as well.

Backwaters and Lagoons

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Alappuzha is the land of backwaters. It is known as the Venice of the East for its beauty. Houseboats and smaller boats are available in Alappuzha. You can choose any kind of boat and enjoy a ride through the back waters. Snake boat race is conducted in the name Nehru Trophy Vallam Kali every year where snake boats compete against each other for the title of the fastest boat. Kuttanad, Kumarakom, and Pathiramanal are among the favorite destinations in Alappuzha. Canoeing or Kayaking or a simple boat ride, whichever you prefer you can experience in Alappuzha. There are many salt watered lakes and fresh water lakes in Kerala. Vembanad lake, Sasthamkotta lake, Ashtamudi lake, Pookkode lake, Vellayani lakes are among the freshwater lakes of Kerala.

The fertile Plain lands of Kerala

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The fertile plain lands of Kerala are ideal for cultivation with the right amount of rainfall and other favoring factors. The main crops cultivated in Kerala are spices like black pepper, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, turmeric etc. The staple of Keralites is rice. You can find acres of paddy fields in areas like Palakkad and Kuttanad. Other agricultural lands are used for food crops like tapioca, coconut, vegetables, regional fruits like jackfruit, plantain, mango etc. There are many estates or plantations with money crops like rubber, areca nut, coffee, tea beetle leaves etc.

The Rich Culture

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The rich culture and the varied heritage of Kerala are worth exploring on your Kerala honeymoon packages from Delhi. There are many religions in Kerala like Hinduism, Christianity, Islam and they all thrive in mutual respect without any conflicts. The main festivals in Kerala are celebrated by all Keralites irrespective of caste and creed. Onam, the harvest festival, is the national festival of Kerala. Other major festivals are Vishu, Eid-ul-fithr, Christmas, Thiruvathira, Bakrid etc. In addition to these, there are many regional festivals like Thrissur Pooram, Aatukal Ponkala, Nenmara Vela and other festivals related to temples, mosques, and churches across the state.

The art forms of Kerala include Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, Ottan Thullal, Koodiyattam, Chakyarkoothu, Thiruvathirakkali, Kerala Nadanam, Margam Kali, Chavittu Nadakam, Oppana, Duff Muttu, Kolkkali etc. Kerala has also contributed well in the fields of literature and film industry with many gifted authors, artists, musicians and actors.

Kerala Cuisine

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Kerala cuisine is famous for its flavors. Keralites love vegetarian and non-vegetarian varieties. Kerala Sadya, which is served on a plantain leaf, is famous for its number and variety of dishes. Non-vegetarian delicacies like beef roast, mutton chops, chicken varieties and seafood varieties are also very well known among tourists.

Districts in Kerala

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There is a total of fourteen districts in Kerala. Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Idukki, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasargod are the fourteen districts of Kerala. Each district has its own unique specialties. Kerala is celebrating its 60 years on November 1st, 2016. Kerala was formed as a state on November 1st, 1956. The official language of Kerala is Malayalam. Thiruvananthapuram is the capital city of Kerala.