In the strip of land between the Western Ghat mountains and the Arabian Sea, you’ll find “the land of coconuts,” otherwise known as Kerela. This tropical area in southwest India is a great place to relax after your flight to India. You can ride ferries through the waterways and lagoons under the shade of palm trees that cover the area. Some of the best resorts in the country rest on Kerela’s coastline, along with a fantastic beach. The cool weather provides a welcome break from the rest of India’s heat as you dine on delicious vegetarian cuisine or explore scenery dotted with temples, churches, natural forests, wildlife reserves and plantations producing tea, coffee, spice and rubber. The natural beauty is worth the India flight, with mountains overlooking rich, green valleys and gorgeous sights like Athirampally Falls.