Kerala is a land of surf, spice and magic and an
ancient crossroads of cultures... Chinese fishing
nets drawn up on the golden sand, Jewish synagogues,
Portuguese forts, Dutch and Syrian churches, and of
course beautiful Indian temples and palaces... backed
by mountains, fringed with surf, beautiful beaches,
alluring backwaters, paddy fields, spice plantations
and swaying palms tree.
Geographically, Kerala is a narrow fertile strip
on the southwest coast of India, sandwiched between
the Lakshadweep Sea and the Western Ghats. The Western
Ghats with their dense forests and extensive ridges
have sheltered Kerala from many mainland invaders
and the long coastline has encouraged maritime
contact with the outside world - a contact that has
resulted in an interesting blend of cultures.
State's heart is composed of intensely green paddy fields
and a unique network of rivers and lagoons. Upland Kerala,
relatively little visited, is composed of hills thickly
teak and rubber. It is here that Kerala's
most precious spices, cardamom, pepper and nutmeg, are
grown in carefully nurtured plantations.
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