Kerala

India’s Laid-Back State. The Best Place In India To Escape India Itself


Chinese fishing nets, Fort Cochin, Kerala, India. September 19, 2012

Picked up as one of the 50 must-see destinations of a lifetime by the National Geographic Traveler, Kerala in southwestern India, more than lives up to the billing. The perfect place in India to escape from India itself, the state is renowned as the country’s most laid-back, most sedate. Things move a tad slower down here than the Indian norm. Or they don’t move at all. To see the best of what is India’s most Googled travel destination means an unforgettable journey through enchanting, meandering backwaters while aboard a houseboat; it means lounging on some of India’s best beaches or sipping beers & cocktails while overlooking them; it means getting sweaty hiking magical hills or exploring exotic jungles & coconut groves; it means an aromatic sensory overload while learning to distinguish between The Spice Coast’s numerous spicery delights; it means meeting smiling locals in quaint villages, ancient towns and historic cities. It means all that and more.

Working with boats in a fishing village outside of Kovalam, Kerala, southwestern India. September 13th 2012.

Working with boats in Vizhinjam fishing village, Kovalam, Kerala, southwestern India. September 13, 2012 || From the post Vizhinjam Fishing Village, Kerala, India

Chinese fishing nets at the tip of Fort Cochin at sunset, Kerala, India. September 19th 2012.

Chinese fishing nets at the tip of Fort Cochin at sunset, Kerala, India. September 19, 2012 || From the post Fort Cochin, Kerala, India

Moored barges on the waterways in Alleppey, Kerala, India. September 17th 2012.

Moored barges on the waterways in Alleppey, Kerala, India. September 17, 2012 || From the posting Alleppey, Kerala, India

Entering the Darga Sherief mosque in a fishing village outside of Kovalam, Kerala, southwestern India. September 13th 2012.

Entering the Darga Sherief mosque in Vizhinjam fishing village outside of Kovalam, Kerala, southwestern India. September 13, 2012 || From the posting Vizhinjam Fishing Village, Kerala, India

Lighthouse Beach, Kovalam, Kerala, southwestern India. September 11th 2012.

Lighthouse Beach, Kovalam, Kerala, southwestern India. September 11, 2012 || From the posting Kovalam, Kerala, India || Arrival

Outside a fishing in Kerala, southwestern India. September 13th 2012.

Walking by the Kerala coast outside the fishing village of Vizhinjam, Kovalam, Kerala, southwestern India. September 13, 2012 || From the posting Vizhinjam Fishing Village, Kerala, India

Kerala || God’s Own Country

The favourite haunt of the rich and famous, the land’s claim to fame is its unmatched bounty of nature-based products and experiences. Known to the world as God’s Own Country and extolled by The New York Times as the place where India flows at a relaxed place, Kerala plays host to millions of travellers who come every year in search of peace and contentment. And most reluctantly leave happy, looking forward to the next visit. I know I did.

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