From tranquil backwaters, green hills rich with wildlife to crystal-clear waterfalls, the Indian state of Kerala has beauty in spades. It stretches along the countryâ€™s western coast to the southern tip of the subcontinent, and has long been known for the quality of its spices and mouth-watering cuisine. Though Kerala is already a popular holiday destination, many of its charms remain little-known to overseas visitors.
Says French photographer Xavier Keutsch, a frequent visitor, â€śWe asked the locals for recommendations and thanks to them, we discovered many interesting places and things we would otherwise not have seen.â€ť
Xavierâ€™s admiration for Kerala is apparent in his photos, which he also shared via his Instagram account, @xk_photo. Here are his photos, alongÂ with others that capture the beauty of the south Indian state also known as Keralam.