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Vazhoor

Vazhoor is set amongst thousands of acres of rubber trees planted by the British on the slopes of the Cardamom Hills, and there are some lovely views over the misty Western Ghats. The land around Vazhoor is incredibly fertile, full of cocoa, pepper, coffee, pineapple, papaya and banana plantations, dotted with handsome, whitewashed plantation houses with tiled roofs. It makes a perfect base for visiting the Aranmula Cultural Centre, on the banks of the River Pamba, to see Kathakali (classical Keralan dance) or take courses on Indian astrology or natural medicine. It is near Kottayam, Kerala's main Syrian Christian centre, which has two 16th century churches.

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