Mararikkulam North, Kerala, India – Six Week Vacation Summary

Our six weeks along the southwestern coastline of Kerala was memorable for sure. I thought the best way to summarize our time was to list key words and thoughts: Popeye, Olive, Yoda & Feisty Zena and Nipples Crows Feeding the dogs and crows at the beach Fishermen beach Fishermen Fishing boats Early morning fish markets…

Mararikkulam North, Kerala, India – Where We Stayed

I have been thinking a lot about what to say in this blog because there are two sides to each location. The location themselves were nice, interesting.  The people were also nice, friendly. Cleanliness was the issue. When I lived in Qatar and worked at an international school, when someone was traveling to India they…

Kochi, Kerala, India – The Boat Maker

Driving north along the scenic, coastal road of Route 66, Michael and I passed a boat maker. We stopped and had a look! Michael once built a a cedar strip canoe  – 16ft Peterborough – and was very curious about the craftsmanship of these handmade boats! How did this stuffing work?  What was it made…

Kochi, Kerala, India – Chinese Fishing Nets

As Michael and I continued driving north along the scenic ocean drive, Route 66 we entered into the district of Kochi.  Here, we discovered a few backwater canals with Chinese fishing nets. The look of them is very distinct, ancient even.  These are popular tourist attractions as it is not the usual fishing way in…

Arthunkal, Kerala, India – Fishermen Repairing the Nets

On our last full day in India, Michael and I drove north along the ocean on Route 66! Along the way were many spots with fishermen sitting on red nets, busy with sewing repair. Michael and I stopped so I could get pictures of these men among the vibrant red nets! The fisherman welcomed us!…

Alappuzha, Kerala, India – Red-Backed Sea-Eagle

During our backwater boat ride, we stopped at a popular tourist restaurant so I could use their toilets.  Here, I was THRILLED to see a red-backed sea-eagle IN THE EXACT SPOT I had previously seen one during the backwater boat ride included in my stay at Carnoustie Ayurvedic & Wellness Resort back in March! Here…

Alappuzha, Kerala, India – Punnamada Lake Backwater Boat Ride

Michael and I drove into Alappuzha for lunch, and decided to take a backwater boat ride. Canals of polluted water cut through the small city and are lined with boats and their tour guides, eager to take tourists for a ride. This is the off season, so we had a plethora of offers from tour…

Mararikkulam North, Kerala, India – Kerala Express

This train is FAST!!! As an added safety measure I’m sure, the barriers to prevent motorists and cyclists from crossing is lowered about ten minutes before the train whips by! Probably a good thing – because there is no stopping this juggernaut as she flies by! Here is a video of the train going by….