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The thrilling variety of experiences in Kerala—visits to forts, spice plantations, and temples, ayurvedic spa treatments, days spent on Arabian Sea beaches or boating backwaters—make it clear you have traveled far from home. And that you will return home changed.
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Light House Beach Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695521, India
Located on the Arabian Sea about a 20-minute drive from city of Thiruvananthapuram, Kovalam has been a noted coastal retreat since the 1930s, when the Regent Maharani chose to build her Halcyon Castle on a cliff overlooking the beach. Things...
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Taj Bekal Resort & Spa, Kerala, Paalakunnu, West (P.O, Kappil Beach Rd, Thekkekara, Udma, Kerala 671319, India
Set in Kerala’s quiet northwest corner, the 26-acre Vivanta by Taj Bekal Resort is home to the excellent Jiva Spa, a staggering 165,000 square-feet devoted to wellness and relaxation. As Kerala is considered to be the birthplace of Ayurveda...
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1/1046 C, Kunnumpuram Road, Ernakulam, Fort Nagar, Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala 682001, India
To get a feel for Kerala’s rich and layered history, head to Fort Kochi. Once a small fishing village in pre-colonial times, this area—now the historic old town neighborhood of the city of Kochi—belonged to the Portuguese for...
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Kasaragod Road, PO Bekal Fort, Beside Bekal Fort Railway Station, Dist. Kasaragod, Bekal, Kerala 671316, India
Surrounded by 40 pristine sand- and grass-topped acres, endless water views, and the sound of crashing waves, Bekal Fort—the largest fort in Kerala—feels like it rose up from the sea. In fact, it was built some three centuries ago as a...
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Though the beaches of southern Kerala may get more attention, the Malabar coast shores of the northern part of the state are no less beautiful—and offer plenty of their own attractions. Case in point: Bekal Beach, a wide, sandy stretch along...
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Elephants, tigers, and sloth bears—oh, my! Set in Kerala’s Western Ghat region, along the Cardamom and Pandalam Hills, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, also known as the Thekkady Sanctuary, has been protected land since the 1930s,...
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1/387, Princess Street, Fort Nagar, Fort Kochi, Fort Nagar, Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala 682001, India
India boasts many traditional regional dance forms, but kathakali, with its elaborate, colorful costumes and masks is undoubtedly one of the most distinctive. With roots going back to ancient Hindu temple plays (some think as far back as the 2nd...
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Jew Town Rd, Jew Town, Kappalandimukku, Mattancherry, Kochi, Kerala 682002, India
Kerala’s long history as a port and trading hub drew travelers of many cultures and faiths to its shores, from Portuguese and Syrian Christians to the Jews who first arrived as traders in the 9th century B.C.E. The latter...
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With its traditional Dravidian- and Kerala-style temple architecture, complete with multiple shrines, inner sanctum, and ornate 16th-century central gopuram (tower), this Vishnu temple complex seems, at the outset, similar to other places of...
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C – 46 / 452 (II, Bristow Rd, Kayippuram, Willingdon Island, Kochi, Kerala 682003, India
There’s a lot going on in Kerala’s lush backwaters. The network of canals, rivers, lagoons, and lakes form nearly 560 miles of waterways that feed freshwater to the Arabian Sea. This unusual ecosystem has become one of...
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Home to fields rich in coffee, tea, and spices like cardamom, pepper, and cinnamon, Kerala has been at the heart of the spice trade for several millennia: Even the ancient Egyptians and Babylonians passed through the region to trade goods and...