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Houseboat on Kerala backwaters Kerala India
Shree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram , Kerala, India

At the Southern tip of India, the capital city of Kerala, Vizhanjim is known as “God’s own country”. This busy port is flooded with fishing boats that push out in the dawn light to return by dusk. The rustic and earthy village, overlooked by a majestic orange and white mosque, possesses a unique atmosphere.

Pagoda-shaped buildings with red-tiled roofs line the narrow, winding lanes, and life slows as you head away from the main strip. The Shree Padhmanabhaswamy Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, is an 18th century rock- cut temple adorned with some truly amazing sculptures, and has been held sacred by Hindus since antiquity.

While the port’s sublime beaches are the main pull for visitors, elsewhere the Marine Aquarium in Vizhanjim has rare aquatic species including squirrelfish and triggerfish.