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Thinking of travelling to India, but don’t really want to be a part of the frenzy and chaos that characterises this massive and diverse country? No worries, instead, try a gentle introduction to India in the state of Kerala, which is also known as God’s own country.

Here’s a destination that will capture your heart as it warmly welcomes you to its tranquil stretches of emerald backwaters, lush hill stations and tea plantations, warm Indian ocean waters, delicious cuisine, tropical weather and exotic wildlife.

travel_indiaKochi also known as Cochin and the Queen of the Arabian Sea, is a major port city in the state of Kerala. It was once the gateway to old India and it was from here where the colonisation of India had started. It was first occupied by the Portuguese, then later by the Dutch and then by the British.

Kochi is the financial and commercial capital of Kerala. The city is an intriguing mix of cultures with its giant fishing nets from China, a four-hundred-year-old synagogue, ancient mosques and Portuguese houses. It is the centre of Keralan’s arts and culture. Spend a day or two in this modern city with old traditions before floating into calmness.

Enjoy a blissful cruise on the backwaters as you sail in a Kettuvallam – a slow moving exotic barge which includes the modern amenities and comforts of a good hotel, together with a skipper and a cook.

For even more tranquility, visit the picturesque hill station of Munnar, with its unending expanse of tea plantations, surrounded by valleys and mountains and cool air.

End your holiday off with a couple of days in Kumarakom where the Vembanad Lake is the backdrop of this idyllic and sleepy village, that is dotted with luxurious resorts. It is a paradise for bird watchers with a fourteen-acre bird sanctuary, that is home to many migratory birds.

Kerala is renowned for its Ayurvedic treatments. Ayurveda is believed to be the oldest health care system in the world and an Ayurvedic massage at one of the luxurious resorts in Kumarakom, will help to rejuvenate your body, mind and soul.