by Annika Ziehen
Annika is a travel blogger from Germany with a love for Nemo, noodles and champagne. She likes to be anywhere but home and is happy to live out of a suitcase while travelling the world.
They don't call Kerala "God's Own Country" for nothing. This southern state has everything you could want for the trip of a lifetime, including many Instagram-worthy shots. You can get from the beaches to the mountains in no time: it's perfect whether you prefer peaks or waves.
Foodies will feel right at home here, too. Kerala is famed for its spices, which you can enjoy in the region's signature dishes - each well worth a photo or five! And make sure to sample fresh coconut with a straw. They're perfect for refuelling and revitalising in-between finding your next top shot.
Be as adventurous or laid back as you wish. Relax with a cup of local tea, or go and visit the rolling hills of an actual plantation. Must-see (and shoot) locations include the famous Kerala backwaters and the regional coast that was once home to the ancient seaport of Muziris.