Just when it was time to give ourselves some rest from the fast pace of India, we arrived in Kerala. We traveled through the Thar Desert (in Rajasthan). Then we visited the crowded Delhi and the modern Bengaluru. It was time to travel south – towards the tropical climate of the green place in India.
We were surprised by the nature around us from the beginning – on our way from the airport to the city of Kochi. Our eyes had forgotten what green looks like. We ended up being surrounded by many plants and high humidity. It was really warm, too. But we wouldn’t let this stop us from visiting Fort Kochi. On our way to the Jewish neighborhood many friendly locals welcomed us. We were hurrying to explore as much as we can before it gets dark outside.
We wouldn’t miss going shopping for some spices.
We are a little bit old-fashioned. That’s why we didn’t buy spices from the old ladies that were selling them from the ground in Delhi. (They were really close to big piles of junk, too.) However, one of us – Marti, finally tried some coconut milk from a young coconut.
The rickshaws here were far more modern and better looking. The drivers were friendlier, too. One of them even manage to persuade us to watch a Kerala show and even took us there.
We saw different types of dances. They looked more like some musical performances filled with emotion and costumes than any dance we have ever seen.
|At we end we had the opportunity to take a picture with the starts of the night|
House-boats in a God’s own place
Kerala area, and Alappuzha more specifically, were widely advertised as “God’s own place”. So we decided to visit it. At first we were impressed by the beautiful nature and the amazing views it gave us. Then, though, we saw the so called backwaters and we forget all about everything else. It was great! It is actually a system of swamps, lagoons and other sweat-water pools, that are connected with canals. Some of these canals are so narrow that only a canoe can pass. Others are wide enough to have large dry land parts with villages or resorts on them.
On our boat we had a captain, a cook and an assistant to give us everything we want. We even had a Jacuzzi in our bedroom, but we never used it. While sailing on the water there was a light breeze. Putting it in combination with the views of palm and lotus trees, boats and small houses, it resulted in a very relaxing journey.
Instead of plates we used banana leaves. We got them from a short stop to the mainland, where our cook cut them off. After that he washed them and served us lunch in them. So tasty!
After the tasty food and exploring the amazing surrounding we felt like having an afternoon nap. I was and exemplary photographer and stayed awake. As it turned out – it was worth it. You can see from the photos below.
After that we had a late afternoon meal – breaded banana and some Indian tea oils. We played some backgammon and enjoyed the view some more.
The lazy hours of enjoying the nature were passing by way too quickly. It started getting late and so it was time to moor. We were going to sleep at a hidden place with extraordinary sunset.
We walked on the narrow piece of land. We were surrounded with water and flora. Even the birds were singing to make the experience even nicer.
While walking around we visited and old man, too. He was living in a cottage. In his home he had an electric pump that moves the water from one part of the swamp to another. We really wanted to talk to him, but it was hard, since we had no common language. However, he was really positive and meeting him was great.
And this is not all. It was time for the sunset and many colors started playing games in the sky. The palm trees were dancing with the last sunlight. We had no choice other than taking a lot of photos.
So far everything is perfect. It is truly a paradise for the newly weds. Once the sun is gone though, the fauna comes to play. Even the large glasses of beer (600+ ml) couldn’t help us with the thousands of flies. They were everywhere, including on us. If you are either a nature lover or really well dressed you can survive it. Supposedly, in some countries you can even pay to get gently massaged by thousands of flies.
On the next day we arrived at the harbor full of energy and ready to take off to go home in Bulgaria. We flew to Bengaluru where we did some shopping and had a dinner. After that everyone went back the way we came and got to Bulgaria.
Before that, though, the driver took us to the beach in Alappuzha. It was wide and almost empty coast line. It really tempted us to get comfortable on it. However, the heat and the upcoming time for our flight stooped us from doing that.
Advice: Do not postpone going to Kerala for your honeymoon as many couples do. The place is incredible and combines the tropical with the specific charm of India! Visit it as soon as possible.
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