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The Spice Coast of India

By Linda Tancs

Located on the southwestern coast of India, Kerala is a bridge to many cultures thanks to its ancient standing as India’s Spice Coast.  Trade brought gastronomic, literary and architectural influences from the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch, French and the British.  Nowadays, Kerala is equally celebrated for its unique geographical features and tourist appeal.  Bounded by the Arabian Sea in the west, the Western Ghats in the east, and networked by 44 rivers, India’s most pristine state offers a pleasing, year-round climate to enjoy its beaches, backwaters, hill stations and exotic wildlife.  Small wonder that it’s known as God’s Own Country.



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