Sunday, 29 November 2015

Kerala - India's coastal paradise

There’s something in the water in Kerala which creates a feeling of absolute relaxation.  A tropical paradise, this coastal state in the south west of India is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the country and the perfect location for an autumn/winter escape to the sun.

Think pristine beaches, sprawling plantations, lush hill stations and the chance to soak up gorgeous scenery while sailing down coconut tree lined backwaters in a traditional houseboat.

With seafood, spices and coconuts all in abundance the curries are of course pretty incredible, and there’s often the added novelty of eating it off a banana leaf.

No wonder the locals call it ‘God’s Own Country’ – it’s all enough to make you feel like you have died and gone to heaven.

Ps. the Indian head bobble (that funny motion that is halfway between a nod and shake of the head) has been widely and enthusiastically adopted in Kerala. Don’t worry it doesn’t signal disagreement (exactly the opposite). Inevitably you’ll start doing it yourself before you know it, and will blend right in with the locals.

By the way, this is a slightly different blog post from my usual. Instead of writing lots about my trip I am have instead decided to let the photos do the talking. Hope you enjoy them!

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