Sedate, serene and surreal. Kerala, in southwest India is an antidote to the tedious trappings of commercialization and chaos of the northern parts of the country. This palm-fringed state was once a major spice exporter in the olden days. Comprised of 14 Malayalam-speaking districts, Kerala is draped by mind-boggling topography, one of the reasons why it is referred to as “God’s Own Country”.
But what really placed Kerala in the tourists’ radar is its distinct water maze, mainly covering four districts of the state namely, Kochi, Kottayam, Alapuzzha and Kollam. Its 900 kilometers of backwaters wind higgledy-piggledy down to a labyrinth of 5 larger lakes, lagoons, estuaries, deltas and canals fed by 38 freshwater rivers gushing into the Arabian Sea.
(Kollam is part of the international spice trade since the time of Phoenicians and Romans)
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