Mararikkulam North, Kerala, India – Sad Afternoon at the Beach

This was about as heartbreaking as can be. There was a dead baby dolphin washed up on the beach. We’re far from marine biologists, and unable to tell what killed this precious little sea mammal. There were scratches on her little beaked nose.  Marks on her dorsal fin and pectoral flippers. The beach is a…

Mararikkulam North, Kerala, India – Moments

This is Feisty!  She lives under one of the blue carts (little tea shops) at the beach!  She is a wary, nervous little dog who loves attention! Sometimes she joins Popeye and Olive in beach play – but mostly she keeps to herself.  ❤ Crows at the beach! The crows will hop along the sand…

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…