Mararikkulam North, Kerala, India – Kanichukulangara Devi Temple

Michael and I ride past the Kanichukulangara Devi Temple, almost daily. What interested me, what caught my attention was the gathering of people near the temple – seeming to be cooking food over little fire pits. We stopped one afternoon to check it out. What I’d later come to learn is that this Hindu temple…

Mararikkulam North, Kerala, India – Early Morning Fish Market

One early morning, I decided to go to the beach to enjoy the sounds of the waves as I practiced meditation. I was eager for the usual solitude of “our” beach, because we’re usually the only ones there! Usual solitude: What I walked into that early morning was not peaceful solitude but a thriving fish market…

Mararikkulam North, Kerala, India – Moments

India. The names conjures up a dichotomy of images from the peaceful, spiritual ideal of yoga retreats and ashrams, to the chaos of crowded cities overflowing with crime, garbage and slums. Michael and I have been in the southwestern village of Mararikkulam North for almost a month, staying at a rustic, oceanside homestay called Arakal…

Kochi, Kerala, India – Into the Big City!

Michael and I were up and on the road early, to first have breakfast before starting the hour and a half scooter ride into the city of Kochi. On our way to have breakfast, we had to wait at the train crossing. The safety barriers are manually, well to be more literally correct – womanly…

Arthunkal & Chethy & Mararikkulam North, Kerala, India – Moments

During the third week of our six week stay in this southern part of India, Michael and I started to tire of the non-western standard of living and the garbage. However, we’ve heard the further north you travel, the dirtier India gets.  So, we’re grateful to be in the “cleaner” part of India. Except, further…