Kerala People & Lifestyle

Malayalam is the language of Kerala. Keralites are popularly called "Malayalees" for the language they speak. The people of Kerala form a well-educated society. Kerala is the first state in Indian with 100% literacy.


The women mostly dress themselves in those wonderful six meters of silk or cotton called SARI. The more convenient dresses like Churidar and Western fashion styles are popular among the younger generation. The men mostly subscribe to trousers and shirt like the rest of the world. How ever you shouldn't be surprised if you find them dressed in the traditional "Kasavu Mundu", a three to four meter long cotton twin cloth with silk border, as formal dress and a colourful cloth called "Kaily" or "Lunky" at home as the informal dress. Mundu is more popular in the rural areas. The typical style of a Malayalee is "Mundu", top covered with a silk cloth called "Melmundu" and wooden slippers called as "Methiyadi". The very interesting thing about a Malayalee is his Moustache. Almost 90% of the men having a nice Moustache. It is very easy to identify a Malayalee. Most of the Malayalees love to have a nice Beard too.



The official language of Kerala is Malayalam but English too is widely spoken and is taught in schools and Universities. Malayalam is considered to be a very complete language it has 56 alphabets and many more vowels, making every word and accent in the world easily pronounceable to the Malayalees. Kerala is one of the most progressive states in terms of social welfare and physical quality of life. The matriarchal system here is a unique social heritage as the women of Kerala enjoy a better status than there counter parts else where in India.

The people of Kerala enjoy a unique cosmopolitan outlook, which is reflected in there tolerance towards other races and religions. So it has been called Kerala as "God's Own Country".

Backwater Village life

Half the fun of the backwaters is to drift with the flow of life of the locals; this being the most unique opportunity to having a close up view of the tranquil Kerala village life. Life revolves around the lagoons in the backwaters. Each village has its own flotilla of boats, huts built around the lagoons and even bathrooms that drain into the canals. So it is your chance to explore a whole 'nother extraordinary way of living. One can glide across to dock where rice sacks are being loaded or visit a tiny betel nut processing centre.

Watch coconuts being picked or toddy being tapped or sail past riverboats groaning with vegetables or spices. Observe lagoon fishing or buffaloes bathing. Stick to the narrow waterways because the wider ones are less charming and it feels like you are on a river. The waters of the lagoons open out on to the giant Lake Vembanad, which is the central basin of the backwaters.


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