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£12bn and counting: the treasure uncovered at Kerala temple

One vault is still left to open as scale of the offerings made to shrine in the past 500 years comes to light<p>It's like a scene from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Even before the unlocking of the last of six secret vaults at Kerala's largest temple, the centuries-old treasure in gold, silver …

Rubber soul: guesthouses in the Kerala hills

Family-run rubber plantations in Kerala are throwing open their doors for visitors to enjoy a way of life pioneered by British planters a century ago<p>On a bend in the road, just before the hairpin drop into the Koottickal valley, we stopped for a moment to admire the view. Oh, what a view! Aside …

A locally owned houseboat trip in Kerala

The Goodearth houseboat, owned and operated by locals, offers a rare glimpse of an unspoilt corner of the Keralan backwaters – and pours its profits into the community<p>I took a deep lungful of air and dived through the thick brown water to the river bed, clawing blindly at the sticky mud. The swift …

Kerala, India: The Place that Makes Me Feel Free

The more I travel, the more I realise that my feelings about somewhere do not only come into being because of that ‘place’. My feelings about the …

6 Best Beaches in Kerala: Which Beach Should You Visit?

01 of 06<p>Best for Action: Kovalam Beach<p>If you want action, you'll definitely find it at Kovalam beach -- the most popular and most developed beach in …

Fried Fish, Kerala-Style Recipe

Every recipe we publish is tested, tasted, and Serious Eats-approved by our staff. Never miss a recipe again by following @SeriousRecipes on Twitter!<p>Read the Whole Story<p>Ingredients1 teaspoon peppercorns10 curry leaves1 teaspoon fennel seeds1 teaspoon cumin seeds1 teaspoon dried unsweetened …

Kerala Tourism plays hide and seek on Twitter to market backwaters

Kerala Tourism has executed a Twitter-based marketing campaign by putting the spotlight on the state’s famous backwaters.<p>The campaign …