The main cities of Kerala are Thiruvananthapuram (the capital city), Allapphuza, Kochi, Idukki, Kollam, Malappuram, Munnar, Varkala, Wayanad, Calicut and Kottayam. The best thing about the Kerala cities is that each city offers the tourist completely different experiences. In Kerala nature has intermingle its glory in most fascinating way.
Thiruvananthapuram or Trivandrum is the capital city of this Indian state. It is located on the West coast of the country. This city is characterized by the low coastal hills and busy commercial alleys. This city is a major academic hub. The University of Kerala is resided here. The academic centre of this city comprises fifteen engineering colleges, three medical colleges, three Ayurveda colleges, two Homeopathy colleges, six other medical related colleges, and two law colleges. Trivandrum is a Research and Development hub in the fields of space science, information technology, bio-technology, medicine and so on. It is home to a cluster of research centres, which include the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC), Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station (TERLS) and Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology.
Kochi is located on the coast of Arabian Sea. This city is enriched with rapturous scenic beauty. Formerly this place was manor centre of commerce and trace with the British, Arabs, Chinese, Portuguese, and Dutch etc. The major places of this city to visit are Kochi Fort, St. Francis Church, Synagogue, Bolghatty Island and Willingdon Island.
Alapphuza, another city of Kerala is referred to as the Venice of the East by many travellers across the world. This city is an important backwater tourist centre. This place is also popular for its boat races, houseboat holidays, beaches, marine products and coir industry.
Munnar, the city of Kerala has beautiful scenario to enthral and mesmerize the travellers from all over the world. Some of the important places in Munnar are Eravikulam National Park, Anamudi Peak, Pallivasal, Chinnakanal, Echo Point, Top Station and TeaMuseum.
Kottayam is an important trading centre of spices and commercial crops, especially rubber. The Plantation Corporation of Kerala also has its headquarters at this city. Many small and medium sized enterprises in and around the town are engaged in the processing of rubber latex and manufacturing of rubber products.
The rich culture of the cities is well reflected in the Carnatic music and the dances of Koodiyattom and Kathakali. While Malayalam is the official language; Tamil and various Adivasi languages are also spoken.