Travel Blogs from Kerala, India

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Elfies in Kumily, Kumily, India travel blog

Elfies in Kumily

A travel blog entry by rolandandlizzie

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... of Munnar we headed south by 100km to the inland town of Kumily. This is the place where travellers come to experience the famous Kerala wildlife in the Periyar National Park, do long walks and try and catch a glimpse of a wild tiger or elephant.  ...

Blooming Paradise, Thekkady, India travel blog

Blooming Paradise

A travel blog entry by mktravels

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... paid 33p for a two hour boat trip and us lucky tourists paid 6.75p each.   Decisions don't happened quickly in India, and as all elephant activities are still suspended, we achieved our elephant fix by taking a stroll up to Elephant Junction ...

Tough Day, Kozhikode, India travel blog

Tough Day

A travel blog entry by mktravels

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We made our way from Mettupayalam across to Kozhikode and this was probably the toughest day so far. All 1st, 2nd and 3rd class air conditioned seats are booked months in advance, so for us to stand any chance of retaining our desired flexibility, we ...

Euro Beach, Kovalam, India travel blog

Euro Beach

A travel blog entry by michellendave

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... Moon Festival is Coming   We booked ahead to the #1 rated B&B in Varkala, another popular stop on the Kerala tourist trail. The American expat who owns the B&B recommended we consider staying long enough to see the exotic festival ...

Incredible Thaipusam Piercing Festival, Varkala, India travel blog

Incredible Thaipusam Piercing Festival

A travel blog entry by michellendave

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...  Tamils are Hindus and practice what is considered to be folk Hinduism. The vast majority of people in southern India (Tamil Nadu and Kerala) are Tamil.   The annual festival commemorates the occasion when Goddess Parvati gave Murugan a "Vel" (a ...

A few days in Kerela mountains - K, Munnar, India travel blog

A few days in Kerela mountains - K

A travel blog entry by mktravels

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A quite hotel situated high up in the centre of a tea plantation. Early morning breakfast of English toast and jam whilst looking over a mist laid valley was very peaceful.   Our tour today took us to visit a tea museum and a tea factory. This ...

Backwaters of Kerala, Kochi, India travel blog

Backwaters of Kerala

A travel blog entry by rolandandlizzie

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... . We then spent about 30 minutes listening to our guide give us the political 101 on Kerala which I knew a reasonable amount about having studied India at university. Development economists get very excited about Kerala and for good reason. The story goes ...

Munnar to Thekkady, Thekkady, India travel blog

Munnar to Thekkady

A travel blog entry by mktravels

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... friendly and very honest. Sadly is tourist was killed by an elephant late October http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/tourist-trampled-to-death-by-elephant-in-kerala/article6540811.ece and the government has temporarily stopped ...

Alleppey, Alleppey, India travel blog

Alleppey

A travel blog entry by mxharris

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... nbsp; It's truly astounding to consider.  The other local innovation is to collect huge piles of shells (the lowlands of Kerala used to be submerged underwater) dry them, grind them, and use them as a strengthener in concrete construction. ...

Cruising, Cochin, and Kathakali, Cochin, India travel blog

Cruising, Cochin, and Kathakali

A travel blog entry by globedecker

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... come close to capturing the intensity and skill of the performers. Suffice it to say that I loved it! Kerala has been a wonderful "easing-in" to India. The friendly people, fairly hassle-free travel, tasty cuisine, rich culture, and exquisite natural ...

Visit with local college students, Kottayam, India travel blog

Visit with local college students

A travel blog entry by mxharris

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... sides tested the waters.  Being politically minded (and they asked what my major was) we delved into the pending US-India nuclear deal, but the conversation soon shifted into my choice of dress; thus begins my love-hate relationship with the dhoti. ...

Up to Our Eyeballs in Tea, Munnar, India travel blog

Up to Our Eyeballs in Tea

A travel blog entry by michellendave

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  February 9, 2015  ANACHAL to MUNNAR 16 km 4 Season's Hotel 1600Rs, ($25), view room, wifi, no bf Short Drive from Liz Merry Casa to 4 Season's Johny helped us tie our luggage on the carrier and bid us adieu. Tea plantations cover the 16 ...

May the guru have your email address please?, Fort Cochin, India travel blog

May the guru have your email address please?

A travel blog entry by mette

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... out when I take off from India. The tiny part of this incredible country that I've seen has been wonderful. Everything is more in India, the colours are more vibrant, the smells (yup, that'll be both good and bad ones) are more potent, sounds are ...

Oh to be beside the sea again, Varkala, India travel blog

Oh to be beside the sea again

A travel blog entry by roseyben

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... take a rikshaw into town to book train tickets and bump into John who jumped of the boat to get his hug from Amma and tells us all about it over a beer or two. Tomorrow we leave for Trivandum our last port of call in India. To be continued. . . . ...

Cup of Tea anyone, Munnar, India travel blog

Cup of Tea anyone

A travel blog entry by roseyben

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... took six hours to get here by bus and we stayed at JJ Cottage which is in our guide book. Munnar is the Tea capital of India and if my family were here I'm sure they would drink the place dry!! Munnar has great scenery and amazing views but by 8pm we ...

Our passage to India, Varkala, India travel blog

Our passage to India

A travel blog entry by globedecker

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... viewing things more as she would see them.   Anyway, we will be heading north tomorrow to the alluring backwaters of Kerala then on to Delhi and Rajastan in the north. Katie Said:  After driving all around Sri Lanka for a week ...

Cochin, Cochin, India travel blog

Cochin

A travel blog entry by roseyben

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The bus ride to Kochi was a seven hour nightmare and we have decided that any journey which takes longer than 4 hours will be done by train from now on. We go straight to the fort side and stay at a small guest house called Wilson's. It would have ...

An Ode to India, All the places we have visited, India travel blog

An Ode to India

A travel blog entry by roseyben

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... juicy steak, I'm getting the feeling we made another mistake! Let's head for the mountains where it's nice and cool, A part of India which is a real jewel. Kodaikanal is a trek and a half if you are catching the bus, I was minding my own reading a ...

Kali, incense, and major construction!, Cochin, India travel blog

Kali, incense, and major construction!

A travel blog entry by tracystravels

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... basically collapsed for about 5 hours.  Wandered a bit after I woke up, did some essentials, ATM, water, bookstore (found my India guide!) and had masala chai and veggie samosas at the Teahouse a local place that could have been right in San ...

Bollywood here I come!, Pozhikkara Beach, India travel blog

Bollywood here I come!

A travel blog entry by tracystravels

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Ok, so I'm not really going to Bollywood...but, was featured with two others from the Beach and Lake on the local news station after they interviewed many of us about the pollution in the lake/ocean and dead fish that had popped up the previous ...

Training for India, Kottayam, India travel blog

Training for India

A travel blog entry by mxharris

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... fright was assuaged when Dr. Luke told us that it happens like clockwork most nights this summer due to power shortages.  Kerala has experienced 80% less rainfall in it's monsoon season than previous years, and this has obvious consequences for its ...

Fawlty Towers, Alleppy, India travel blog

Fawlty Towers

A travel blog entry by escapetherace

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... through the seven days and came out all the wiser in the end. One day we took a tuk-tuk to Alleppy beach, and the India that we were experiencing summed itself up nicely. An oldish guy wandered into the sea and proceeded to drop his keks and wash his ...

Postal Service Tailors..., Cochin, India travel blog

Postal Service Tailors...

A travel blog entry by tracystravels

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... .  Now, you wouldn't think this seemingly simple task would require much however, you haven't ever tried to do it in India!  As I mentioned in an earlier blog entry, there is a theft problem here apparently, so all packages have to be sewn up in ...

Greener than the Green Bag, Munnar, India travel blog

Greener than the Green Bag

A travel blog entry by orizarska

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... .   The place is chilled and the people are super friendly and less spaced out. This is the first place I visit in Kerala, the state with the highest educational rate in the developing world - 92%. You can tell the difference right away.   ...

Allepy - Backwaters, Allepy, India travel blog

Allepy - Backwaters

A travel blog entry by loudan1979

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Cochin, Cochin, India travel blog

Cochin

A travel blog entry by loudan1979

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Kozhikode to Murudashwar, Kozhikode, India travel blog

Kozhikode to Murudashwar

A travel blog entry by mktravels

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... or what the station code 'MRDW' meant, and to top it all, no internet access or english speaking rail staff anywhere. Last time in India, WIFI was everywhere, but now every man, dog and beggar has an iPhone with 3G, so WIFI is hard to find. Anyway, with ...

A Day in God's Own Country, Chennamkary, India travel blog

A Day in God's Own Country

A travel blog entry by malariamonday

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... in which such goods were probably made.  Xin was happy to learn that, thanks to expensive costs and strong trade unions, Kerala had, for the most part, stopped multi-national companies from moving in and setting up shop, knowing the destruction that ...

Spices and Elephants!, Thekkady, India travel blog

Spices and Elephants!

A travel blog entry by mxharris

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... .  For many of us it was our favorite section of the tour, just being in the semi-jungle and very authentic India.  Bring on the elephants!  Initially I had some reservations because they were old and had these huge harnesses on their ...

House Boat ... DO IT!!!, Alappuzha, India travel blog

House Boat ... DO IT!!!

A travel blog entry by bgleixner

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... the boat.  The next group was booked for 11am.  They kicked us off at 10am the next morning - an hour earlier the planned.  Welcome back to India, Brittany.  We strapped on our backpacks and headed to a nearby beach to hang for the ...

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