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Kerala Districts

The tiny state of Kerala comprises of 14 districts which starts from Trivandrum in the south and ends with Kasargode in the north. Below is the list of the districts of Kerala.


Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala is a beautiful seaside city built on seven hills. It is located on the west coast of India near the extreme south of the mainland which spreads over a total of 2, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is an ancient city whose tradition dates back to 1000 BC. Thiruvananthapuram was the capital of Raja of Travancore from 1750. Thiruvananthapuram is derived from the word, Thiru-anantha-puram, which means the city of Anantha or the abode of the sacred Serpent Anantha on which Lord Vishnu reclines. Thiruvananthapuram was chosen as the capital of Kerala. in 1956, when Kerala was formed. Being the state capital, it is also main center of political activities. Thiruvananthapuram is famous for its beaches and its tourist attractions.
Thiruvananthapuram is famous for the deity at the Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, which is the most recognisable icon of the city and is nearly 2000 years old. The city of Thiruvananthapuram has grown into a tourist and commercial centre, with the International airport becoming the main gateway to Kerala. Mahatma Gandhi had once referred this lovely and beautiful beach side city as the "Ever Green City of India".

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Kollam (Quilon), is an old sea port town on the Arabian coast, which stands on the famous Ashtamudi lake. Kollam once had a sustained commercial reputation from the days of the Phoenicians and the Romans. Kollam was regarded by Ibn Batuta, as one of the five ports , which he had seen in the course of his travels during a period of twenty four years, in the 14th century. Kollam is gifted with unique representative features such as sea, lakes, plains, mountains, rivers, streams, backwaters, forest, vast green fields and tropical crop of every variety. Kollam is bounded on the south by Thiruvananthapuram, on the north by Pathanamthitta and Alappuzha and on the east by Tamil Nadu. The district is famous for its fresh water lakes, cashew processing and coir manufacturing. The second tallest light house in India is at Tangasseri in Kollam. The major tourist attractions and spots are Thenmala, Jetayu para, and Palaruvi falls.
Kollam is an center of attraction for the tourist, due to its exciting backwater trips. The long 8-hour bout trip from Quilon to Alleppey is the best of Kerala’s backwaters, as the journey meanders through lakes, canals and waterbound villages.

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Alleppey (Alappuzha), is a town in Alappuzha District of Kerala and is the administrative headquarters of Alappuzha district. Alleppey is a beautiful town with picturesque canals, backwaters and lagoons. It was also described as the "Venice of the East" by Lord Curzon. Alleppey is well known for its snake boat races which is held every year betweeb August and October, and the famous of them being the Nehru Trophy Boat Race. The Palm fringed canals and shores, the mirror still lagoons, picture book lakesides and its long sandy beach has blessed Alappuzha, to become one of the best Backwater tour destinations in God's Own Country. A cruise on the houseboats offers a rare opportunity to view the attractive palm gorves and the never ending stretch of backwaters at its best. Another major attraction of Alleppey apart from its backwaters, is the Alleppey beach. A lot of tourist flock to this beautiful beach to enjoy the enchanting beauty of this beach. The economy of the district is predominantly based on marine and agricultural products. The major industries in Alleppey is mainly based on coir products, marine products, handlooms, toddy tapping and more. Among these coir is the major Industry. The central government has also established a Coir Board in Alleppey. Allppey is well connected to the other major cities by rail and road. The nearest airport is at Cochin, which is almost 60 Kms away.

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