Boats travel along the backwaters near Alleppey, Kerala, India.
Photograph by Sara Hylton for TIME
July 12, 2022 7:06 AM EDT

On the southwest coast of India, Kerala is one of India’s most beautiful states. With spectacular beaches and lush backwaters, temples, and palaces, it’s known as “God’s own country” for good reason.

At the new Amal Tamara in Kerala, wellness is a way of life. This tranquil ayurvedic retreat in the Alleppey backwaters offers meditation, yogic practices, ayurvedic treatments, and bespoke meals crafted based on careful assessment by their team of Ayurvedic physicians. Guests at the intimate 19-room property can also learn the tenets and practices of Ayurveda, participate in various healing rituals, and explore the nearby environs.

This year, Kerala is boosting motor-home tourism in India to inspire a new pas de deux of exploration and accommodation. The state’s first caravan park, Karavan Meadows, opened in Vagamon, a scenic hill station. In the wake of the state’s success with houseboat cruising, caravans are expected to follow suit with a similar promise of sustainable tourism. Over 1,000 campers have already begun to traverse the land, a fresh and unique way to experience Kerala’s beaches and verdant plantations.

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