Kerala: Beautiful today, perfect tomorrow
Finally made it to India. It has long been on my hit list.
With ten days, we decided to focus our time in Kerala. The combination of decent beaches, the backwaters and tea plantations, along with good flight connections through Dubai, sold it. Any opportunity to avoid transiting through Delhi or Mumbai should be a serious consideration, as those who have been through the experience will testify.
We started off in Fort Cochin which was a charming little colonial relic of a town – A great base to adjust to the heat. Famous for their Chinese fishing nets.
Next stop was Munnar – famous for their tea plantations and where wealthy Indians come to escape the heat and humidity. Munnar was quite the contrast to how I imagine Mumbai to be. Walking through cardamon plantations was still pretty exhausting and sweltering even at the higher altitude.
One of the highlights of any trip to Kerala is cruising the backwaters in a houseboat. I was expecting waterway after waterway akin to a larger version of the canals we have in the UK. How wrong was I?! – the backwaters are very much a part of life for the locals, with waterfront shops and communities.
Our last few remaining days were spent in Varkala and Kovalam. We definitely got our fill of sun, sand and sea. And we never got bored of the absolutely stunning sunsets.