Kerala: God’s Own Country

Travel Tips to Kerala, God’s Own Country. Kerala Tourism, how to plan your holidays to Kerala, places to see , and Kerala hotels, home-stays and houseboat reviews.

Jan 182015
 

God’s Own Country in Instagram A few days ago I shared my Instagram pictures from Thailand, so encouraged by the response here are some selected pictures in no particular order from my visit to God’s Own Country aka Kerala. The initial pictures are from my 5 MP cellphone that I had during the Kerala Blog Express. The last few pictures are from my recent visit to Kerala and are clicked with Sony Xperia Z3 Compact.  So without much ado ladies and gentlemen I present to you Kerala In Instagram. Read a detailed post about Vivanta by Taj at Kovalam [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Nov 152014
 
A win and print in Better Photography Magazine

  Happy happy: One of my pictures in Better Photography Magazine   My Kerala Trip continues to surprise me, A few months ago I mentioned that one of my pictures clicked in Kerala received  Honorable Mention in Better Photography magazine in a photography contest with the theme ” Beaches” and was printed in the magazine. I was as happy as a small kid and decided to try my luck again and again, lady luck smiled again and one of my pictures won first prize in a contest themed ” Patterns”, in Better Photography magazine.  This time again the good folks at [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Nov 112014
 
Kerala Blog Express is Back

Kerala Blog Express Season 2   I am happy and sad at the same time, happy because Kerala Blog Express is back in season 2,  inviting travel bloggers from around the world to come and experience God’s Own Country in  a customized Volvo bus from South to North of Kerala. So why I am sad ???  Let me shed a tear or two first, on remembering the good old days when I met some of the most awesome fellow travelers from around the world. I have made some friends for life and we still stay in touch with each other [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Sep 232014
 
Varpu or Uruli- Reinventing a Kerala Heirloom

  Varpu: From Ayurveda & making feasts to decorating hotels One of the first thing I noticed in Kerala in almost every single hotel was a round, shallow vessel filled with water and flowers floating on it. Now it was nothing new as now it is a common practice to find such vessels or Varpu in many places in India. But I had no idea that this tradition also started in God’s Own Country. But like so many things Varpu has also undergone a metamorphosis. Originally  Varpu, a large cauldron made from cast bronze was used to make Ayurveda Medicines [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Aug 192014
 
Happy World Photography Day : A Picture from Kerala

  The Kerala Picture that got me in Better Photography Magazine Today is world photography day, a day to celebrate photographers. Although I am not much of a photographer, I sure am one lucky photographer, now and then I am lucky enough to click a good picture.  Recently on my visit to Kerala, as a part of Kerala Blog Express, I clicked some pictures of Fishermen in Kerala and submitted some of them to the Better Photography Magazine for a contest ”  By the Beach”. Soon one of the pictures was selected for honorable mentions and I received a call from the [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jul 112014
 
Sunset over Chinese Fishing Nets Cochin

Photographing Sunset in Fort Kochi behind Chinese Fishing Nets Clichéd it may sound, but a visit to Fort Kochi in Cochin, Kerala is incomplete without clicking a picture of Sunset behind the Chinese Fishing nets. For us visitors ( tourists, travelers take your pick), it is a photo opportunity but for the fishermen of Kerala, it is a lot of hard work. I am not sure exactly when the Chinese fishing nets came to India and when they became ubiquitous on the Cochin Skyline. Today they are kind of symbol of your visit to Fort Kochi in Kerala and every [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jul 022014
 
Captain Mohan of Our Houseboat in Alleppey

El Capitano of Alleppey Houseboat  Some time we are so engrossed in the beauty of our surroundings that we totally forget about people around us. But is travel only about looking at scenery or shopping, or is it about connecting with the people you meet. One such wonderful person I interacted for a brief while was Captain Mohan of our Houseboat in Alleppey( Official name Alappuzha).  If you have read my earlier posts about our travel in Houseboat you will know what a wonderful experience we had traversing the network of canals in Alleppey. We visited an ancient Portuguese  Church [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jun 012014
 
Life in Backwaters of Kerala

Featured Story of the Month in Ghumakkar: Life in Backwaters of Kerala Well some of you are aware that I sometime contribute to the largest multi author travel blog from India ( readership and author wise)- Ghumakkar, which literally means a  Traveler.  You will remember that Ghumakkar was part of  the best Hindi travel blogs of India list that I compiled ( Ghumakkar publishes stories both in Hindi and English) A few weeks ago I contribute a story about Life in the backwaters of Kerala for Ghumakkar and was happy to see it accepted by Nandan Jha the founder [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

May 292014
 
What to shop in Kerala

Guide to shopping in Kerala: Spices to Souvenirs and many other things to buy in Kerala Kerala is known as God’s Own Country, but it is also Shopping destination no 1  for thousands of years for people looking to buy spices, today the list has only expanded to spoil you for choice of  things and souvenirs  to buy in Kerala   We, humans, evolved from hunters and gatherers to our present form, though I sincerely wonder if the current state of humans can be termed             evolution. But let us leave that to anthropologist, zoologists and [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

May 132014
 
Travel Tuesday Picture: Oscar the Election Star

    When we got caught in Election Campaign in Kerala We we were traveling in Kerala it was election time, and now the elections have ended and we are all waiting for the results of the largest elections in the history of mankind. As yesterday I launched a twitter contest on desi Traveler, I thought this Tuesday we will give a travel picture. Then I remembered this picture that I clicked spontaneously in Kerala.  The picture has a very interesting story. We were walking towards our a boat jetty in Alleppey to for our backwaters tour in Kumarakom, [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]