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Thiruvananthapuram
Thiruvananthapuram, capital of Kerala is located at the southwestern tip of India. This district is bound by the Arabian Sea in the west and Tamil Nadu in the east. The wooded highlands in the Western Ghats in the eastern and northeastern borders give Thiruvananthapuram some of the most enchanting picnic spots. A long shoreline, with internationally renowned beaches, historic monuments, backwater stretches and a rich cultural heritage make this district a much sought-after tourist destination.
 
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  Alappuzha  
 
With the Arabian Sea in the west and a vast network of lakes, lagoons and fresh water rivers criss-crossing it, Alappuzha is a district of immense natural beauty. Referred to as the Venice of East by travellers from across the world, this backwater country is also home to diverse animal and bird life. By virtue of its proximity to the sea, the Alappuzha town has always enjoyed a unique place in the maritime history of Kerala. Today Alappuzha is an important backwater destination attracting several thousand foreign tourists every year. Alappuzha is also famous for its boat races, beaches marine products
and coir industry. A singularity of this land is the region called Kuttanad- a land of lush paddy fields referred to as the Rice Bowl of Kerala and one of the few places in the world where farming is done below sea level.
 
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  Idukki  
 
A landlocked district, Idukki is one of the most nature rich areas of Kerala. Three main rivers – Periyar, Thalayar and Thodupuzhayar – and their tributaries, gird high ranges and wooded valleys. The river pamba also has its origin here. As a Tourist destination, Idukki offers diverse attraction like wild life sanctuaries, hill stations, spice plantation tours, mountain treks, elephant drives etc. Idukki has a large population of tribals. Muthuvan, Malayarayan,  Mannan, Paliyan,  Urali,  Ulladan, Malavedan and  Malampandaram are  the
main tribes in Idukki. The tribes of Kerala have unique customs and beliefs and maintain an ethos, which is distinctly diffe-rent from that of the mainstream culture.
 
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  Thrissur  
 
Thrissur, with its rich history, cultural heritage and archeological wealth is called the cultural capital of Kerala. From ancient times this district has played a significant role in the political history of south India. Many rulers and dynasties beginning with the zamorins of kozhicode, Tippu Sultans of Mysore and Europeans including the Dutch and the British have had a hand in molding the destiny of this region. Raja Rama Varma popularly known as Sakthan Thampuran was the architect of the present Thrissur town. Today Thrissur is
world famous for its Pooram festival. A cultural center the Kerala Kala Mandalam, the Kerala Sahithya Academy and Kerala Sangitha Nataka Academy are located here.
 
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  Ernakulam  
 
Ernakulam is located on the cost of the Arabian Sea with Kottayam and Alappuzha districts in the south, Idukki in the east and Thrissur in the north. The commercial capital and the most cosmopolitan city of Kerala, Ernakulam is also known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea. With one of the finest natural harbors in the world, this was once a major center for commerce and trade. The name 'Ernakulam' is derived from the name of a very famous temple of Lord Shiva called the Ernakulathappan Temple.
 
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  Wayanad  
 
Wayanad disricts is in the north-east of Kerala that has been able to retain its pristine nature. Hidden away in the hills of this land are some of the oldest tribes, as yet untouched by civilisation. Wayanad is known for its picturesque mist-clad hill stations, sprawling spice plantations,luxuriant forests and rich cultural traditions. The leading tourist centers of South India like Ooty, Mysore, Coorg, Kozhikode and Kannur are around this region.
 
     
     
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