Kerala- Gods Own Country
Kerala is home to wild elephants, exotic birds and the odd tiger, while vibrant traditions such as Kathakali, theyyam, temple festivals and snake-boat races frequently bring even the smallest villages to life. Kerala is South India's most beautiful state. This coastal strip is defined by its layered landscape: almost 600km of glorious Arabian Sea coast and beaches; a languid network of glistening backwaters; the spice- and tea-covered hills of the Western Ghats, encapsulated with protected wildlife reserves and cool hill stations such as Munnar. Just setting foot on this land is soul-calming. Kerala is a world away from the frenzy of India's elsewhere, its long, fascinating backstory illuminated by historically evocative cities like Kochi (Cochin) and Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).