Kerala is a tropical paradise in south India, where beaches and lagoons meet to form coves of spectacular beauty. Treat yourself to an ayurveda treatment or sail on a houseboat in backwaters fringed by swaying coconut palms. Discover the old Jewish settlement and bohemian life in Fort Kochi, explore Periyar wildlife, Munnar tea gardens, glorious temples and Marari and Kovalam beaches in this sliver of a place.
'Lakshadweep' literally means a 'hundred thousand islands', which is teeming with life and home to India's coral reefs. Relax at the laid-back islands with the fisher folk who are at the beaches watching homeward bound boats at sea.
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The curved beach of Bekal and the imposing 300 year old fort of the same name has a stark beauty of a remote area with long lost tales of military might. Enjoy spectacular views from the ramparts of the fort 130 feet above the sea, the Aqua Marine park and relish the Malabari cuisine of North Kerala.
The fishing nets that hang above the seashore in Fort Cochin are an iconic sight, but there is much more to explore in this ancient colonial city.
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Munnar is the meeting place of the Nallthanni and Kundale stream that pour out into the Muthirapuzha River, which cascades out of the hills to join the Periyar. Visit the High range areas, tea estates and beautiful resorts of Munnar and enjoy the climate and the spices.
The monsoons in Kerala have long been romanticized in films and poetry, bringing in creative folk and others who come for Ayurveda and recuperation. Chasing frogs during the monsoon is a pastime for children who long to play in the rain. Join the fun and watch paper boats and bright umbrellas bob up and down with water everywhere.
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Kayak your way into the lagoons of Kerala's largest lake to spot Egrets, Darters, Drongos and more plumage in the nearby Kumarakam Bird Sanctuary. Glide through a maze of canals and palm lined coasts into tiny villages as the sun sets and the birds head back to their nests.
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Kovalam Beach used to be perfumed with local ganja in the 60s & 70s. Today it is more sedate but still very laid back..
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Placid waters, languor and soothing views everywhere in Kumarakom is muse enough for poetry. Write, relax or wallow in the serene waters in a little canoe or a luxury houseboat, try fishing, kayaking or birdwatching and explore the village way of life here.
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Wake-up to ride the early morning wave or strike yoga poses on the beach at Varkala, Kerala. The idea of a surfing beach in India could well have begun with the enterprising owner couple of Ed and Sophie who run Soul and Surf here. Though the Soul and Surf experience encompasses yoga, surfing and accommodation it also feels like a retreat. Not just the beach but the Varkala rocky cliffs frame an ideal backdrop for relaxation, meditation, yoga and even music.
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Here is the grandest views of the Arabian sea with a backdrop of red cliffs with jagged edges that watch the beach that has long remained undiscovered by tourists. Discover Varkala, which has a couple of luxury resorts today and an unparalleled calm that was once a Goan experience.
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Land and water merge often here in Alleppey as roads disappear during the monsoon, when motorists go confidently simply out of familiarity with no GPS in sight. Unwind in a houseboat here that will be as lazy as you want it to be and venture out to a palace or temple near-by to take in the greenery on the pretext of light physical exertion.
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Wayanad is hidden in the hills above Calicut. Mostly off the beaten track, this is a land of plantations including wonderful spices, coffees and a world famous pepper. Stay in a treehouse and enjoy a morning view to die for
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Chance upon a Kerala that is quite unlike Kerala. Fort Kochi takes you to a land far-off from the rest of India in its flavour. There is the beach, lighthouse, ocean-liners, oil carriers, little cafes, continental eating out places and a hint of Bohemia. This is where travellers from all over the world meet up with like-minded people who took the plunge to discover India and Kerala and relish the joy in discovering Fort Kochi!
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Spot wild elephants roam free in the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and Thekkady with misty hills and wild wooded areas. Come dawn or dusk silhouettes can play tricks on the mind in the form of wildlife like the tiger, gaur and even a lonely rogue tusker out to prove its might. This is how the world may have been if humans were not around!
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