In addition to the long shoreline, there are tranquil
backwaters, flanked by beautiful hill country where the slopes are
blanketed with tea plantations and the cooling breezes provide
respite in the searing summer months. In amongst the plantations
and paddy fields, there are numerous historic and cultural
The Keralan people, with their distinctive Malayalam language,
are among the most charming and independent in India, famed for
their delicious - but hot (even by Indian standards) - fish curries
and a history of independent thinking.
Explore historic Cochin; like many port cities, a place where
civilizations have rubbed shoulders for centuries, and heir to a
remarkable cultural heritage.
Drift through the photogenic backwaters of Alleppey on a rice
boat at dawn, visit elegant coastal cities where Portuguese
churches stand as a lasting reminder of a long since vanished
colonial presence, and spend time on the beach or up in the cooler
climes of the hill country.
Kerala is also the place to come for authentic Ayurvedic
treatments, and several of the luxury resorts have excellent