If you have decided for a Kerala travel, for understanding real Kerala, in simple terms, should get to know the amazing people of Kerala. Kerala tourism no longer an activity to see the green landscapes, staying in a resort coziness additionally knowing the Kerala people who live together harmoniously preserving their cultures, values, traditions, festivals and customs.
Kerala people are unique blend of established traditions and cosmopolitan outlook due to new influences. The people of Kerala are tolerant, peaceful and accommodates anyone irrespective of caste and creed.
Malayalam is the mother tongue of Kerala but English is widely spoken all over the state. People of Kerala or Keralites are popularly called as Malayalees for the language they speak. Keralites’ sense of closeness to Kerala is highly appreciable. Keralites are highly advanced society with high quality of life and 100% literacy rate. Dialects and slang expressions vary from south to north in Kerala.
In cities, most men and an increasing number of women wear western clothes following global trends. Men and women in Kerala like to wear traditional attires. Men wear conventional garments like Kasavu mundu and women wear ‘ mundum neriyathum’. Women mainly use Sari and Churidar in daily life. Men wear a colourful cloth called “Kaily” or “Lunky” at home as the informal dress.
Hindus account 60% of the population in Kerala. All religions in Kerala living together and enjoying and celebrating festivals of each other with the same enthusiasm as they celebrate their own. Malayalees cook food in home and their traditional authentic home cooking tastes and smells great.
Women enjoy better status in the society, have great significant freedom to make independent decisions about their life even to choose marriage partner. Malayalees follow traditional way of wedding and it can be called as extra ordinary cultural celebration.
Keralite community actively encourage the art forms, at least one person in a Kerala family learn any kind of art form.
What attracts the most is hospitality and simple life of Kerala People.