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Kerala, fondly known as GOD'S OWN COUNTRY is chosen by National Geographic Traveler as one of the ten paradises in the world and one of the '50 must see destinations of a life time'. Being the spice capital of the world, Kerala once had been the hub of an ancient trade route connecting the west with the east and a much sought after destination from the earliest days of trade and travel in human history.
Two millennia ago, the monsoon winds that brought rain to Kerala also filled the sails of ships with Greeks, Arabs, Jews, Romans and other merchants & mariners from all corners of the world. The ancient port called Muziris, where their vessels anchored traded gold and silver for pepper and cardamom making the town an international exchange point for goods and ideas for centuries.
St.Thomas the Apostle came and established his church in Kerala in the first century AD. The world's second Muslim mosque was built in Kerala during the days of Prophet Mohammed, and the world's oldest synagogue in the British Commonwealth also was built in Kerala.The first democratically elected communist government in the world was in Kerala. Thus the socio-cultural fabric of Kerala has been composite and cosmopolitan in nature, globalised from the very early days of history and elaborated through centuries' of contact with neighbouring and overseas cultures. But it has distinctive life style, art and architecture, language and literature, and social institutions. Kerala enjoys diverse geographical features from well preserved tropical forests, vast mountain ranges, endless backwaters and an extensive coastline.
Kerala is India's most progressive state with a literacy rate nearing one hundred percent and a human development index (HDI) that is at par with developed nations. PQLI (Physical Quality of Life Index) ranking of Kerala is one of the top among Asian countries. The paradox is that these amazing achievements are made possible with a meagre per capita income of less than US $1000 and these enviable developmental indices are in stark contrast with the rest of India and all other developing Nations.
Kerala is also WHO's model for sustainable and equitable development and it gives the world important lessons for participatory, community based and inclusive development.
Because of the breathtaking natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, impressive social and human development credentials, magnificent cuisine and warm and friendly people, Kerala has carved a niche for itself in the world of tourism, attracting millions of domestic and international tourists every year. Backwater house boat cruise and Ayurvedic rejuvenation treatment of Kerala are among the most desired and best rated holiday experiences in the international tourism arena these days.
Kerala is home to Ayurveda, humanity's oldest system of holistic healthcare and its popularity is steadily Increasing worldwide, attracting many from far off corners of the world.Keralites celebrate around 10,000 festivals a year!!! ( promise, no hyperbole). Rich, diverse and more distinctive than any other in the subcontinent, Kerala's geography and culture display all that an informed traveller would seek for and feel amazed about.
HAVING HEARD ALL OF THESE, SHOULD KERALA (AND OF COURSE MISTY HAVEN) NOT BE ON YOUR BUCKET LIST??
MISTY HAVEN welcomes you to GOD'S OWN COUNTRY for the most memorable holiday experience of your life.