Kerala is blessed with unique geographical features that have made it one of the most sought after tourist destinations of the world, prompting National Geographic Traveler to include it among the fifty must see destinations of a life time. Mesmerizing mountains, countless rivers that criss-cross the land, pristine beaches awash with sugary sand, and vast expanses of placid backwaters, all add up to make Kerala an idyllic get-away destination.

On Kerala's eastern flank is a long mountainous ridge running parallel to the Arabian Sea and leveling off into the Deccan plateau. Nestled among these mountains are numerous resort towns. Best known among these resort towns is Munnar, a land of gently undulating hills carpeted with meticulously manicured tea plantations that lies about 150km from Teak House. Impossibly green and breathtakingly beautiful, Munnar is perhaps the most popular hill station in South India.

A unique feature of the state is its extensive backwater system. No trip to Kerala can be called complete without experiencing these waters. There is a Kerala that thrives here,


rural, rustic, laid back. It is like being transported back in time. The sheer beauty of the sweeping vistas that open up before you as you skim these waters is beyond words.

Few other States in India can match the grandeur and creativity of Kerala's performing arts. The most representative dance form of Kerala is Kathakali, a spectacular classical dance drama, which combines the performing art forms of opera, ballet, masque, and pantomime, with themes drawnfrom mythology.

Kerala is known for its spectacular boat races featuring magnificent snake boats or 'Chundans', each of which is manned by over a hundred sinewy oarsmen accompanied by boisterous and rhythmic boat songs and the frenzied shouts of spectators. The months from August to October witness these regattas being conducted in different parts of the state. The state has a handful of wildlife sanctuaries, the most popular of which is

the Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary in Thekkady which is located 185km from Cochin International Airport. Spread over 925 km of thick evergreen forest, the reserve is home to wild elephants, tigers, leopards, and the endangered Nilgiri tahr.
If Kerala is skirted by the Western Ghats on the one side, it has the Arabian Sea on the other, running along the entire length of its western flank. Numerous beaches dot the

coastline, the most popular of which is the Kovalam Beach that lies about 250km from Teak House, and offers a magical mix of sun, sand, sea and sky.

Bird Watcher's Paradise

Sunil Elias, your host at Teak House, is an avid photographer. Bird photography is his forte. In the months from October to March, thousands of birds fly in to the lakes and lagoons of Kerala to breed. The backwaters adjacent to the Teak House is a favorite haunt of these migratory birds. They are the principal subjects of Sunil's photographic pursuits.

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