• India.,  Kerala.

    Handicrafts of Kerala

    Kerala is well known for its beautiful handicrafts. These items range from brass and bell metal works, silk sarees, wall hangings, coir products, ivory works, lacquer products, sandalwood carving, wooden toys, jewellery, coconut shell products, and cotton and silk fabrics.

  • India.,  Kerala.

    Life in a Houseboat

    Never leave Kerala without experiencing a stay in a houseboat. Trust me, you can stay in the houseboat, just chatting, reading, eating, drinking, lazing and just observing nature. You can see people bathing, washing their clothes or doing work along the banks of the river; you can watch the small boats or the bigger boats passing you; you can see…

  • India.,  Kerala.

    The Elephant Fort at Thirssur

    The Punnathoor Kotta is located about 3 km away from the famous Guruvayoor temple in Thirssur district of Kerala, and lots of tourists visit this place. This place is also known as Anakkotta – meaning Elephant Fort in Malayalam (language of Kerala). The elephant farm is said to be the largest in India and is owned by the temple. The…

  • India.,  Kerala.

    Fishing Phenomenon in Alleppey

    I stopped by a fishing village bursting with life on the way to Kainakary village in Alleppey district. There were fishing boats everywhere, lots and lots of people unloading fish from the boat sorting fish selling fish, carrying fish and bargaining over fish. “Shagara” is a fishing phenomenon that happens only a few months in a year usually in June.…

  • India.,  Kerala.

    A Feast in Kerala

    Kerala is known as the "land of Spices". Even the Kerala cuisine is known for its spicy and hot foods. Traditionally, in Kerala food is served on a banana leaf. One has to take food with right hand. Almost every dish prepared in Kerala has coconut and spices to flavour the local cuisine giving it a sharp pungency that is…

  • India.,  Kerala.

    Warm Hospitality

    I had the pleasure of being hosted to a 12 day trip to Kerala, courtesy of gracious Kerala Tourism Development Corporation office and Silk Air. SilkAir operates three times weekly flights from Thiruvananthapuram to Singapore and a daily service from Kochi to Singapore. I stayed in the following hotels : Bolgatty Palace in Kochi, Brunton Boatyard Hotel, Marari Beach Resort,…

  • India.,  Kerala.

    Rest and Relax at Marari Beach Resort

    We headed for Mararikulam from Munnar. Mararikulam is an active fishing village. The Marari Resort is within almost 36 acres of land separated from the Arabian Sea by swaying palm trees. We walked through winding paths, passed a nice lotus pond and fruit trees and lo behold I saw palm thatched villas with concrete walls. I was awestricken by the…

  • India.,  Kerala.

    Memorable People

    The people of Kerala are very down to earth, simple and many still traditional. The natives of Kerala are called “Keralites” and they speak Malayalam. I noticed that they are very religious and have not forgotten their traditional culture or ancient rituals. Education is very important for them and the state of India had 100% literacy at one point of…

  • India.,  Kerala.

    Water, Air and Earth elements at Munnar

    Munnar, both in Malayalam (language of Kerala) and Tamil (language of Tamil Nadu), means three rivers, as it is the merging place of three mountain streams – Madurapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundale. I was well prepared for the 4-5 hours drive uphill. I always liked hill resorts especially the breathtaking foggy hill views you get as you go up the winding…

  • India.,  Kerala.

    Look and See

    Explore Kerala by foot. See exotic spice plantations, hills with colonial bungalows, waterfalls, protected forests and animals. Walk through the numerous streets and watch people working hard at the mills, farms, workshops and homes. Maybe even see elephants and cows at work. Kerala is all about the outdoors. Either you take long leisurely walks or short breaks, don’t forget to…

  • India.,  Kerala.

    Chinese Fishing Nets

    The Chinese fishing nets also known as “Cheenavala” in Malayalam language has been introduced to Cochin by Chinese Explorer Zheng He. Zheng He is from the court of Kublai Khan. Therefore the Chinese fishing nets were established in Cochin (Kochi) fron 1350 AND 1450 AD. The most popular icon of Fort Kochi is the row of Chinese fishing nets along…

  • India.,  Kerala.

    To Market to Market…..

    The bustling market places in all parts of Kerala are magical even when I was lethargic after walking in the oppressive sun for hours!! It was noisy with the sounds of vehicles honking at full volume, people bargaining and even the squawking of the chickens in the coop. You can buy anything from shoes to food to feed for the…