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 -Why Don’t Locals Swim at the Beach?

As Michael and I come to the end of our six week stay here, ONLY ONCE have we observed locals swimming at the beach!  That is saying something because Michael and I go to the beach almost every day! Interestingly, the one time we did witness locals swimming, they were from the northern part of…

Mararikkulam North, Kerala, India – At The Beach With Friends!

Michael and I love the beach and swimming in the waves. Michael and I love dogs. Michael and I love crows. We’ve been staying at a homestay, in a small fishing village called Mararikkulam North,  on the southwestern coast of Kerala, India. We’re in week five of our six week stay here. During this time…

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 – Dolphins Swimming Off The Beach!

Michael and I went to the beach for a mid-morning swim. The water was exceptionally calm, with large fishing boats much closer to shore than usual.  Of course, as we swam out to enjoy the gentle waves and warm water, Michael chimed in with his usual mentioning of sharks, his way of teasing me! I…

Mararikkulam North, Kerala, India – Sun & Surf & Crows & Eagles & Puppy Play!

Doing our five minute walk to the beach from our homestay, Arakal Heritage we were joined by our friends Popeye and Olive! Another friend joined us! She is younger than Popeye and Olive, lives at the beach under this cart and is full of feistiness!!! Michael was excited to play in the surf! Popeye wasn’t…

Mararikkulam North, Kerala, India – Swimming at the Beach Along Chethy Beach Road

This beach is a five minute walk from our villa at Arakal Heritage Homestay. Michael and I walk a path just off our villa’s yard that leads us through a small neighborhood of fisherman’s home, then the beach! We basically have this entire beach to ourselves!  I’m not sure this stretch of beach has a…