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My Trip To Kerala: Chinese Fishing Nets From the 15th Century, Still in Use

The one thing that I wanted to see when I was in Kerala was the Chinese Fishing Nets (called Cheena Vala in the language Malayalam) that all the guide books and online sites talked about. The Fishing Nets that dot … Continue reading

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Kerala: Art & Sculptures at the Taj Hotels

Attractive painting depicting the traditional Kathakali dance form, at the Taj Malabar which is located at the man-made tourist island of Fort Cochin. I saw beautiful sculptures of traditional revered symbols in Hindu culture, the cow and the elephant at … Continue reading

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Kerala: Jiva Spa at Taj Malabar

Another highlight of my trip to Kerala was the coconut scrub and gentle oil massage at the Jiva Spa. I thought the therapist wasn’t Indian and I first thought she was Filippino. She spoke in a wonderfully thick accent that … Continue reading

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Floating Flowers in An Uruli

The trip to Kerala introduced me to this wonderful brass ornamental vessel called an Uruli or Varpu.  It is actually a Keralan cooking vessel which is now used more for decorative purposes.  It will lend an ethnic charm to your … Continue reading

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Villagers in Kerala Weaving Coconut Fibre Into Ropes

We met some lovely villagers on the way to Kumarakom. Suresh our driver, just stopped the car seeing that we were interested as we had remarked about spotting a well. He then drove into a narrow path where we could … Continue reading

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Crazy Cochin Traffic

“If you can drive a ver-her-kle in Cochin you can drive anywhere!” “They always say, Suresh, make it fast.”  (in reference to lawyers who need to get to the airport in half the time to catch their flight) Quotes of … Continue reading

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SilkAir: Great Food, Rude Service

The meals on SilkAir were surprisingly good, especially the Chicken Briyani on the flight back from Cochin. It looks bad, but tasted good. The white vermicelli payasam dessert (made with milk and ghee) was great and not too sweet either. … Continue reading

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I Knew I Was In India

I knew I was in India when I saw this cute sign of a lady in a sari, on the door of the Ladies’ powder room.  It would have been even cuter with a bun atop her head.  I spotted … Continue reading

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Fort Cochin

Cochin is the main city in Kerala and it has a tourist portion called Fort Cochin which was my favourite district because I do love all the old colonial buildings there.  It even has an old Synagogue, but unfortunately it … Continue reading

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What I Learnt About Cochin

I knew that Kerala was in the southern part of India, but I didn’t know that it was that far south.  Previously I was also not aware that Cochin is now known as Kochi.  The government is trying to do … Continue reading

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