Paradise on Earth: Kerala, India
By Lorraine Boissoneault
They call it "God’s Own Country." It could be the pristine beaches and towering cliffs rising high above them, or it could be the endlessly intricate network of rivers, lagoons and canals fringed by palm trees and greenery that earned the southwestern Indian state its nickname. Or it could be the cultural mix of Muslims, Hindus and Christians who all live peacefully side by side. Whatever the origin of the slogan, Kerala continues to fulfill and even exceed the expectation of travelers who have been lured by the pull of a paradise on Earth.