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A journey through the curving and winding backwaters is the highlight of a visit here. This complex network of canals, rivers and lakes forms the root of a distinct regional lifestyle. Tourist boats pass along narrow shady canals and enchanted shallow lakes surrounded by palms, stopping at the tiny settlements along the way for a bite to eat and a nibble on fresh cashew nuts. As you travel through this dense vegetation with its oxygen rich air, you can witness the delightful sight of villagers going about their everyday waterworld lives, trading with each other in spices and coconuts.

Although the beaches are the finest and most popular in the whole of India, all with the brightest of white sands and sparkling waters, most have escaped major tourism development and remain strangely unspoilt and bewitching.

Just off the coast of Kerala the tiny Lakshadweep Islands are a speckling of about 35 islands, only 10 of which are inhabited. The travel restrictions and expense of visiting the islands make them somewhat exclusive. They have the best diving in India, with untouched coral reefs and astonishing lagoons. Many of the islands can be walked across in well under five minutes, your only obstacle - a solitary palm tree!

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