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Asia » India » Kerala » Kumarakom November 12th 2013

Glimpses of Kerala – 3: Kumarkom Backwaters Kerala is known for Kovalam beaches, backwaters of Alleppy and Kumarkom, wildlife sanctuary of Periyar and Thekkady and tea gardens of hill station Munnar. But the feast to the eyes start with the moment your taxi starts on the curvaceous roads sending your compass needle crazy. The roads in most parts of the Kerala where we travelled were in excellent condition (except around Munnar) - in spite of almost daily rain showers. Gujarat boasts of good roads but they turn in to pot holes with just 10 inches of rain. And still the distances have to be measured in hours and not in kilometers because of high density of population and hilly terrain. In more than 1000 kms of travelling that we did in Kerala we did not find ... read more
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Asia » India » Kerala » Kumarakom April 30th 2013

Monsoon! Monsoon........ I really feel like dancing in the chill and thrill of rain, very nostalgic! Isn’t it? If I start talking about my rain memories, I doubt I could stop talking… It was in the monsoon of 2010, I visited my friend Shafeekh in Kollam District of my home land Kerala. He was a newbie journalist then who just started knowing politics of journalism and the journalism in politics. Its another story that he had to leave the place of work where people could not comprehend him ;) I reached in Kottayam late at evening, and stayed in a small room of Shafeekh which was in an old apartment, looked like a residing spot for wondering souls. After dinner, We spoke a lot and he introduced me some characters there in Kottayam. Slept. In the ... read more
Alleppey Kottayam Route
Lake Resort, View from the Boat
In our small boat

Asia » India » Kerala » Kumarakom March 22nd 2013

Thekkady to Kumarakon We bid a fond farewell to Cardamom County Hotel, such a great hotel except no Internet, well they have it but it just didn't work. The staff were lovely. Another warm sunny day and we set off in our air conditioned car to drive to Kumarakon. Passing coffee plantations and more tea plantations, rubber plantations and so much rich lush vegetation. The houses are smart,and our driver tells us that we are passing through a mainly Christian area. One of the towns is mainly settled by people from Tamal, the people in neighbouring Sri Lanka who were unsuccessful in creating a separate state for themselves in that country. Stopped at a cattle market, it was hot and the cattle were being herded into trucks, it wasn't pleasant to watch so we continued on ... read more
Back water
Out on the lake
It's a hard life

Asia » India » Kerala » Kumarakom June 23rd 2012

Chennai-Trivandrum Mail dropped me at Kottayam early in the morning around 7:20 am. Kottayam railway station was one with not much ‘hue and cry’ like any major railway stations. Usually most of the Kerala rail stations are not big as you expect. However, I slowly came out of the station took a long breath. Monsoon had arrived in Kerala and the aroma of fresh rain was felt early this am. This is what I like about Kerala, not ‘brag and drags’ of auto drivers, no unnecessary bargains from the porters. It was all peaceful. As I read in some journals, Kottayam lays at the base of The Western Ghats so the roads, streets has a bit of undulating curves which means one has to walk up and down in quite often. I didn’t see many hotels ... read more
Deep Inside Kumarakom Brid Sanctuary
Spiral Tree
Inside the Sanctuary

Asia » India » Kerala » Kumarakom May 30th 2010

We are off on one huge trip to experience India from the eyes of the 'every-day', local, desi, son-of-the-soil Indian. We have been driving across India for over 10 years now and we have almost always stayed at resorts or hotels (except in towns where we have had a chance to shack up with friends and family). We have never experienced the Home-Stay hospitality. The reasons are many... we did not know where to find them... or what to expect in a home-stay... are they clean... will it be like a 'paying guest' thing... will we share a room with others... what will the food be like... and the toilets?... oh so many questions. It's not like we have always stayed at 5 star hotels... just that we expect a little bit of cleanliness and privacy... ... read more
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Asia » India » Kerala » Kumarakom February 14th 2010

We had heard about Kerala before we left the United States in 2007. Our friends Bindu and Sunjay had raved about it, so we were excited to see it in person. Specifically, I had seen pictures of the houseboats that travel the backwaters and it looked like a very romantic experience. Since moving to India, we have met many others who have traveled all over India and have said that Kerala is their favorite part of India. Although Kerala was on top of our list when moving to India, it turned out to be our last trip before leaving India. We leave India in about 2 months. We boarded the houseboat at Kumarakom Lake Resort. www.thepaul.in The houseboat included five people; Kim and I along with a staff of three that included a chef, a ... read more
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Asia » India » Kerala » Kumarakom March 18th 2009

Dear All, As you all know this week I have enjoyed a visit from a family member back home - my mum! But before I launch into what we did for the last ten days I shall first tell you of how I got there. As I was at the time risiding in a little beach shack in a place called Om beach in the region of Karnataka there were not too many places around where I could go and book a train ticket so I found this little place on the beach and told this little man the details of where I was heading etc. So he tap tap tapped away on his computer and told me of which route I would have to take. A few days later I found myself on the train ... read more




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