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If there’s one state in India that everybody should visit, it’s Kerala. It’s one of India’s most visited states for a reason (and that reason is not the fact that Kochi is one of the most accessible ports for ships…) and was even named by National Geographic as one of the world’s best 10 paradises! In fact, there are so many unmissable experiences to be had there, that you’d be a fool to leave it off your itinerary. Situated almost right at the very bottom of the country, Kerala has a much more tropical feel to it than most of the country. It’s kind of like Goa’s more mature, well-behaved older brother in terms of aesthetics, with a little bit of Sri Lanka thrown into the mix. We’re talking coconut trees, luscious greenery, and beaches as opposed to the dust, camels and snow-capped mountains found further north. Of course, there’s…

Exploring the absolutely stunning scenery of the Alleppey backwaters in a houseboat made of reeds is without a doubt one of the best things to do in Kerala. Before arriving in the country it was actually one of only two true tourist experiences I’d heard of, the other being the Munnar tea plantations. And when you bear in mind that I have more Keralan friends than I have fingers and toes, and prior to my trip every single one of them said something along the lines of ‘You can’t miss Alleppey’, you can’t really blame me for ya know, not wanting to miss it.  The only thing that was causing me any ounce of hesitation was the cost. Because while just going to Alleppey and looking at the backwaters and maybe taking a gentle little stroll along the side of the water is a splendid idea, the whole point of Alleppey is…