Namaste - Hello in Malayalam
Namaste is a common greeting in Malayalam. We present to you some interesting information about Kerala.
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Malayalam is a Dravidian language spoken in the Indian state of Kerala and the union territories of Lakshadweep and Puducherry by the Malayali people. It is one of 22 scheduled languages of India.
Here are some amazing facts about the Malayalam language and Kerala:
Malayalam is also spoken in the neighboring states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Given the prominence of Malayalam speakers abroad, there are certain universities in the USA and Canada that teach Malayalam as a foreign language. Malayalam is a language with speakers around the globe.
Malayalam, like Tamil, is classified as a classical language in India. The oldest written evidence of the Malayalam language is thought to be an inscription known as the ‘Vazhappalli’ from 830 A.D.
Fun Fact: Malayalam is perhaps the only language that is a palindrome when written in English. This means that the word is read the same when spelled forwards and backward.
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Kerala is known for its wonderful art forms like Kathakali which has been recognized by UNESCO on its list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. It is a sublime dance-drama that depicts episodes from Indian epics. Another classical art form is Mohiniattam which evokes the highest form of femininity through its graceful movements.
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Keralite brides are famous for being decked in gold. The yellow metal is cherished by Malayalis not just for ornamentation purposes, but as a mark of honor during marriages and as a financial investment.
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One of the oldest surviving martial art forms in the world, the current form of Kalaripayattu (Kerala’s martial art form) dates back to the sixth century. Vedic sage Agastya is considered as the founding father of the combat form, which includes a combination of steps and postures, known as Chuvattu and Vadivu. The main aim is the coordination of body and mind.
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Kerala is referred to as “God’s own Country” for pristine tropical beauty. It is a perfect place for a leisure vacation. So, if you visit Kerala make your trip enduring by visiting some amazing places like Fort Kochi, Marari Beach, Periyar National Park, Munnar, Varkala Beach, Wayanad, Kannur, Kovalam, Poovar Island, Trivandrum, Jatayupara Earth's Center, Sargaalaya Crafts Village, The River Nila, Alleppey, Kochi, Kumarakom, Kozhikode, Bekal, Thrissur, Kollam, Nelliyampathy.
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Besides its exquisite natural landscapes, Kerala is famous for its lip-smacking cuisine that includes Puttu and Kadala Curry, Appam with Stew, Idiyappam, Nadan Kozhi Varuthathu (Spicy Chicken Fry), Kerala Prawn Curry, Naadan Beef Fry, Malabar Parota, Kerala Style Fish Molee, Banana Fritters, Palada Payasam, Sadhya, Erissery, Thalassery Biryani, Naadan Kozhi Curry, Erachi Varutharacha Curry, Ada Pradhaman, Chatti Pathiri, Coconut Toddy, Kappa and Meen Curry, Mussel Stir Fry, Thattu Dosa with Chutney, Banana Halwa.
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In Kerala, festivals are celebrated with intense passion and gusto. Some popular festivals here are the Kerala Boat Festival, Theyyam Festival, Onam, Temple Festivals, Vishu, Attukal Pongala, Christmas, Maha Shivarathri, Makaravilakku, Thiruvathira, The Arattu of Lord Padmanabhan, Ambalapuzha Arattu.
Hope you like it, if you know any other fascinating facts about Malayalam and Kerala, let us all know!