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Kerala

May 24, 2012

I’d dreamed about visiting Kerala for a long time. When we lived in US, our trips to India are always rushed and we never had time to venture out of our home town, let alone go on a vacation. Now that we moved back, I grabbed the first opportunity and convinced family despite their objections about the humid summer weather.

Boy o boy..I just fell in love with Kerala. It was an 8-day trip and we flew into Cochin. Here is a bulleted list of my observations.

  1. Cochin is a beautiful city with a lot of history. It was green with lots of trees, backwaters etc. We didn’t see much but just roamed around the Fort Kochi area.
  2. Munnar – lovely hillstation, very scenic, nice cool weather ideal for a summer vacation. Food was bad with very few options, and everything seemed expensive.
  3. Thekkady – I’ve always wanted to see the Periyar national forest and was looking forward to the boat ride in the lake. However it turned out to be very disappointing, didn’t see many animals and the boat ride was not a very pleasant experience with kids. I’d skip this altogether next time. We ended up getting the famed ayurvedic massage, which was so..so…The resort we stayed at was quite good though.
  4. Kumarakom/Alleppey – Stayed at whispering palms resort which was amazing with a beautiful view of the sunset over the lake just outside of our rooms. The highlight of our trip however was the Houseboat stay for a day. We lounged on the deck the entire evening, feasted on beautiful views of water, coconut trees and the villages surrounding the lake. The chef cooked amazing sea food dishes and we ate, lazed around and enjoyed the views. Very relaxing for both adults and kids.
  5. Kovalam – Kids loved the beaches despite the sticky weather. They didn’t want to get out of the water. I sat on the beach watching people, while dad and kids enjoyed the water. I just wished I could wear a swim suit and join them, but with lechers all around I wasn’t comfortable doing that. Missed America just for a little bit..
  6. Traffic sense in kerala is quite good compared to the all of the places I’ve been in India. People follow traffic rules which was quite refreshing after seeing the driving madness in cities like Hyderabad and Delhi.
  7. People in Kerala seemed to lead simpler lives. We noticed beautiful, well-kept houses where ever we went. But didn’t see a single expensive car on the roads. Contrast this to Hyderabad or Delhi, where the moment I step out on the road, I see Audis, Beamers, VWs, Hondas, Toyotas and an occasional Porsche. I suspect this has more to do with the show-off attitude of people here than the financial differences.

So there, I found my second best place to retire..the first one being Hawaii. Tropical weather any one?

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