Monsoon magic

Lured by Kerala's famous food, Susan Morrell learns to love the rain in this Indian paradise

10th August, 2014
Kerala is a slice of paradise set between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats.

The raindrops create a soft percussion as they bounce off the tea leaves, so green and slick with rain, and the plastic poncho sticking to my arms. The hillside that stretches out in front of me resembles a sort of topiary jigsaw, with acres of neatly trimmed tea bushes separated by swirling paths.

Behind the plantation’s rolling hills, mist-shrouded peaks jut into a dull, stone-coloured sky. I am in Wayanad, north-eastern Kerala, with my husband...

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