29 Nov '12, 10am

Calm, cool and green: it's not how you imagine India to be #Kerala

Calm, cool and green: it's not how you imagine India to be #Kerala

Recommended links Keralan homestays Kochi travel guide Colonial hotels around the world The best new hotels in India Calm, cool and green: it's not how you imagine India to be. A meandering voyage through the backwaters of Kerala is a wonderful way to see the subcontinent, says Robert McCrum, who sails in style into 'God's Own Country'. Photographs by Alistair Taylor-Young. In the glossy brochures, Kerala is 'God's Own Country'. The myth of the place is that it surfaced from the Indian Ocean at the dawn of creation whereupon Lord Parashurama 'threw his axe' to carve out its distinctive identity. Or something. Anyway, once you get there you find a subtropical spot that's rather more heavenly than most of the Almighty's regular projects. This is one He can be proud of. Kerala, which means 'land of coconuts', might just be the best holiday destination in all India. It's a lit...

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