Chinese Fishing Nets, Kochi, Kerala, India,

India |Dreaming of Kerala part II

After four days in Munnar,  we made our way to Alleppey and the Kerala backwaters. A vast network of 38 rivers, numerous canals and five large lakes, the backwaters extend inland from the Malabar Coast  where the fresh waters emanating from the Western Ghats meet the saltwater of the Arabian Sea.

Alleppey_HouseboatThe best way to enjoy the area is on a kettuvallum, a converted grain barge originally used for transporting rice. Continue reading “India |Dreaming of Kerala part II”

India |Dreaming of Kerala I – Munnar

Far from the madding crowds of the Delhi-Agra-Jaipur “Golden Triangle,” Kerala should be on everyone’s bucket list (although then it might be just as overrun). It would be easy to spend several weeks in this southern India state and still not experience all its wonders. There are mountains to climb, rivers to explore and beaches to enjoy, as well as the city of Kochi (or Cochin) with its bazaars, restaurants and Kathakali performances.WindyRoad_MunnarMunnar is a hill station in the Western Ghats,  5200 feet above sea level and  a little over 100 kilometers from Kochi. Do not let that relatively short distance mislead you, though. The drive takes 3 1/2 – 4 hours on winding, steep roads and is not for the faint-hearted (those who suffer from car-sickness would be advised to take precautions). Continue reading “India |Dreaming of Kerala I – Munnar”

Make New Friends

and keep the old! This is the vision behind travelmagnolia. For me, a highlight of travel is meeting and getting to know new people. Another  is sharing my experiences and photos.  I hope new friends will connect with me via this blog and share their travels as well, while the friends I have made near and far will be able to keep track of me, at least virtually! … Continue reading Make New Friends