India: Kumarakom, Kerala

Although I could have stayed forever in Periyar, we continued our adventures through Kerala (in South India) to Kumarakom — the land of backwaters and the houseboats that serenely glide down the waters.

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As soon as we arrived at our hotel, we were greeted with Welcome Coconuts:

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Mine made me oh-so-happy, as I had been dying for one all trip!

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And we thought we’d enjoy dinner at the hotel because they had a tandoor (clay oven that makes things delicious).  So we devoured tandoori cauliflower, which was served with mint-cilantro chutney (the same mint chutney that came with our Kathi rolls in Goa):

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And we had a vegetable & rice biryani.  Mmmmm, it was delicious and topped with local roasted cashews and served with yogurt:

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And of course, one of my favourite desserts – gulab jamun:

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The next morning we headed down to breakfast and were greeted with a wall of humidity when we left our chillingly air-conditioned rooms.  It was seriously like walking into a brick wall of damp.  It also fogged up my camera and made for very romantic photos of the fishing boats:

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Once the humidity cleared from my camera, you can see that it actually looked like this:

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We thought we’d get out onto the backwaters, and so went on a houseboat cruise down the waterway.  We got to see all the other houseboats on the water:

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Staring at the lush green trees along the bank:

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Watching the locals fishing:

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Contemplating the tires on the side of the houseboat (is there anything like a boatride to get you into a meditating mood?):

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Watching the birds:

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Drifting lazily under bridges:

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Gawking at the lovely houses on the water’s edge:

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And being totally amazed by the fact that they were building a houseboat ON A HOUSEBOAT.  Now that’s meta.

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Mmmm, lazy days in Kumarakom.  I feel relaxed just thinking about it.

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2 Comments on “India: Kumarakom, Kerala”

  1. Bonnie Duchscherer
    May 3, 2012 at 7:33 am #

    Great pictures again, such a different view of India than usually seen, now I can see how yoga came from Ibdia. Keep enjoying and sharing as I am enjoying this trip asbi am sure others are.

  2. May 4, 2012 at 2:23 pm #

    i’m loving all your india pictures! looks like such an amazing trip.

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