World's Greatest Dream Trips
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“Wandering through the beaches, backwaters, & tea plantations of the Malabar coast in Kerala.” @Joephilipose
Stay: According to Jonny Bealby of Wild Frontiers, the houseboat Lotus ($$$) brings a new level of comfort—and not just because of the air-conditioning. The two guest rooms have handmade teak furniture and private verandas.
Eat: Malabar House ($$), a boutique hotel in the heart of historic Fort Cochin, is known for its small on-site restaurant. Try the thali—but Bealby also suggests the catch of the day since “it comes out of the fishing nets that morning.”
Do: From Kochi, it’s a five-hour drive south to Kovalem, a fisherman’s beach fringed with coconut groves. Or, head east to the mountainous area of Munnar, studded with tea plantations, including Kolukkumalai Tea Estate, one of the world’s highest.