Tucked away in the southwest corner of India. Kerala is a narrow strip of land between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghat mountains. The name means ‘land of coconuts’, and palms still shade almost the entire state from the blazing sun. The tropical landscape is crisscrossed by dozens of rivers and countless waterways. Visitors can spend idle days riding small ferries through the backwater lagoons, observing village life close-up in this, India’s most populous state. When the rest of India gets too hot to handle, Kerala is often soothing and rejuvenating. Whether visitors stick to the lowlands or head for the hills, they will pass through scenery dotted with churches and temples; spice, tea, coffee and rubber plantations; and natural forests with wildlife reserves filled with elephants. Consider Kerala holidays for an unforgettable trip.

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