Kerala

| Green Travel News | After extensive customer research, Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces has rebranded 16 of its hotels to its new upper-upscale Vivanta by Taj. The hotels join the 3 existing Vivanta by Taj properties to create a brand that will grow organically to more than 30 hotels in India with more than 5 […]

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| A Village Green | We’re climbing most of the 5-hour drive from the Malabar Coast (in that cartoonish Indian classic, the white Ambassador sedan). Past coffee, teak, rubber and tea plantations splayed across the hillsides, chaotic villages and lush forest, until the air cools perceptably and sends us motes of cardamom, cinnamon, clove. We’re […]

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| Green Sugar Sand | The western edge of the southern Indian state of Kerala is virtually a long beach, but this isn’t the Costa Brava or even Goa. Only relatively few stretches are traveler-ready, and these, like Kovalam in the far south, are rapidly becoming overdeveloped to the point of serious strain on their […]

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| Water, Water Everywhere | In the state of Kerala, greenest in all India, there are not 1 but 2 monsoon seasons each year. But that is not the water that creates our reality just now. We’re in the Kerala backwaters … a lattice-like network of waterways—29 lakes, 41 rivers, estuaries and canals—that parallel India’s […]

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| Mother India’s Mantra | We come to the sprawling Asian subcontinent for the sweep of its history, its spicy curry of culture and geography, its ancient pathways to spiritual discovery: to see how 1.2 billion Indians co-exist while living life at the extremes. Indian trip planning invariably includes precautionary advice. Against getting sick or […]

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