Kerala

Kerala

Coconuts and kalari, synagogues and backwaters, seafood and kathakali. There’s much more to Kerala than the swaying palm trees make it out to be.Tranquil backwaters make this ‘the’ tourist destination of the country with houseboats marking picture-postcard views across the waterway. Erstwhile nude beaches of Kovalam now make way for Kerala’s own slice of Goa on its shoreline in Varkala and the serene Mararikulam. Head over to the Western Ghats with its ecologically diverse treasures and spectacular tea gardens.

Kerala’s least populous district, Wayanad is also its best-known secret. Complete with misty mountains, splendid forests, pristine rivers and cascading waterfalls, Wayanad is ‘the’ hill station of choice in South India. Not particularly touristy, the district is famed for its wildlife parks and unspoilt nature. Interestingly, Wayanad’s recorded history dates back to as early as...

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Munnar Tea Garden

Of manicured tea gardens, misty mountains, clear streams and beautiful waterfalls, Munnar’s landscape is exquisite enough to draw people from across the country throughout the year. Originally begun as a spice plantation by a British resident of the then Travancore kingdom, John Daniel Munro, 1,36,600 acres of leased land (from the royal family) later gave...

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