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Kerala, a state on India’s tropical Malabar Coast, has nearly 600km of Arabian Sea shoreline. It’s known for its palm-lined beaches and backwaters, a network of canals. Inland are the Western Ghats, mountains whose slopes support tea, coffee and spice plantations as well as wildlife. National parks like Eravikulam and Periyar, plus Wayanad and other sanctuaries, are home to elephants, langur monkeys and tigers.

Kerala Inland Waterways

Image: Steve Collins For a very relaxing look at one of the most laidback areas of India, yes, there are some, head to Kerala on the Malabar Coast to cruise aboard a converted rice barge. The vessels themselves are very comfortable as they slowly wend their way along the narrow waterways...

Historic Fort Cochin in Kerala, India

Kerala is located on the south west corner of India and the city of Cochin, or Kochi, as it is also called, is located on a peninsula bordering the Laccadive Sea, which is part of the Arabian Sea. Fort Cochin, a suburb of Kochi, this situated on the southern shore of the entrance to...