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Kerala, India
If you manage to make it to the southwestern tip of India, where the backwaters of Kerala lay, you can commission a houseboat and spend a day or two floating peacefully along the vast waterways that weave through fishing villages and paddy fields....
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Pottachira, Kerala, India
A contemporary microhotel of three suites was created on the site where in 1740 the Dutch East India Company set up shop. It’s minimalist but with Indian exuberance: the odd jolting wall of electric blue, the judiciously chosen ornate antique....
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Mananthavady, Kerala, India
Touring the Wayanad district of Kerala we came upon a temple where this folk dancer was performing Chakyarkoothu, a style of dance from in the area. This dancer is dressed as Hanuman, the Hindu monkey god. Five drummers thrummed a fast beat while...
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Payikad, Kanam P.O., Manimala, Kanam, Vazhoor, Kerala 686515, India
On the windy way up to the mountainous landscapes of Cardamom Hills, a stopover at Serenity at Kanam Estate is a must. This glorious redesigned 1920s bungalow is nestled deep in a belt of rubber plantations and fragrant spice gardens. Each of the...
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Poovar, Kerala 695525, India
After two weeks of being held hostage by the urban chaos of Mumbai and Kochi, I was in serious need of sensory detoxification. I hired a car and driver and went 250 kilometers south of Kochi to a small coastal village called Poovar. There flows...
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Kazhuthumuttu, Thoppumpady, Kochi, Kerala, India
We were promised a "sunset boat ride" with our romantic package at a resort in Cochin. The resort itself left much to be desired, but this boat ride was absolutely gorgeous. A 75+ year old man wearing a turban around his head and a twinkle in his...
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Kavanattinkara, Kumarakom, Kerala 686563, India
If you are looking for tropical paradise, look no farther than the Vivanta by Taj resort in Kumarakom. Located in the Kerala Backwaters, this resort is nestled beside a bird sanctuary on the Vembanadu lake. With private bungalows complete with...
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Parade Road, Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala 682001, India
The first of Fort Cochin's slew of heritage hotels, Malabar House has been in operation since 1996, though its history dates all the way back to 1755, when it was commissioned by a Dutchman. Today it's one of the most sought-after places to stay...
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Church Road, Pallathuruthy, Kainakary South, Kerala 688505, India
The word that keeps coming to mind when I remember my trip through the Kerala backwaters in India is "languid." I took three kinds of boat rides through these tropical waterways in south India: canoe, motorboat, and house boat. The canoe was my...
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Thachangad, Kerala, India
Vivanta is one of Taj Hotels’ new boutique luxury brands. It’s one notch below their usual five star hotels. This Vivanta has 71 laterite-lined villas and rooms over 26 manicured acres that reflect the spirit of the sea and backwaters of Kerala....
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Munnar, Kerala 685612, India
We hired a driver to take us from Fort Cochin to Munnar to visit the majestic tea plantations. After spending the day driving the long and windy roads, we decided to pull over to see the evening fog roll in. As I took photos to capture what rivals...
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Kochi - Madurai - Dhanushkodi Rd, Munnar, Kerala 685612, India
This photo was taken while hiking through Tata's tea plantation to a waterfall near Pallivasal and Munnar Town. We left in the late afternoon and watched the sun set while hiking back up. Along the hike you'll smell sweet air, see endless rolling...
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Near Maria Bhavan English Medium School, Kumarakom, Kottayam, Kerala 686563, India
We stayed aboard the bamboo vessel named, Kumarakom and toured the beautiful Kerala backwaters. At night we heard the sounds of festival music and distant drums. During the day the we saw fisherman working on their daily catch.
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Beach Road, Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695527, India
Mollify and unwind with a variety of delicious cocktails at the Leela Kovalam Resort in Kovalam, India. Relaxing beverages can be hard to come by in India. However, there is no better place to enjoy one than during happy hour at this ultra...
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Povely Building, Kalady Malayattoor Road, Thalayattumpilli, Vadakkumbhagom, Kerala 683574, India
The ‘Backwaters of Kerala’ is an institution in itself – the islands, spread across the city of Kochi aka Cochin, have rich treasures to unearth. When your guide takes you through the tour of islands on a houseboat, it’s not just an excursion but...
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Neyyar Dam, Trivandrum, Kerala 695572, India
"On December 12, 1999, I sit with the other yogis outside the temple before the rising of the sun. Our designated seats are divided according to the deity associated with our mantra. Mine was Vishnu, Preserver of the Universe. I wear my new white...
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Munnar, Moolakadai, Kannan Devan Hills, Kerala 685612
While in Munnar, take in the amazing scenery and get physical by trekking in one (or more) of the multiple mountains nearby. The town's economy relies on tea and activites that derive from its culture, so go explore the high fields of camellia...
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Near Udupi Sri Krishna Swamy Temple, Thondankulangara, Avaloonkkunnu, Thondankulangara, Alappuzha, Kerala 688006, India
Most travelers come into Alleppey to rent a houseboat and spend the night in the backwaters of Kerala. That's a great experience, but Allepey is a small south Indian town that is friendly to tourists. One can "get local" with a stop at Uduppi's...
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Munnar, Kerala 685612, India
Wanding around "Smelly New Delhi" (as I affectionately called it), I daydreamed about the fresh air and open roads of Munnar: a high-altitude town in India's southwest that abounds with green hills. Through coconut groves and around elephant...
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Kodiveedu, Alappuzha, Kerala 688001, India
The Kerala Backwaters are an extraordinary experience. While navigating on the dark waters, you will see houses built on the smallest strips of land, exotic flora and amazing fauna. However, doing so in the tourist-packed houseboat means missing...
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Punnamada Finishing Point Road, Finishing Point, Alappuzha, Kerala 688013, India
Wonderful day on the houseboat. Board at 3 pm. Had a good leisure time watching the small villages along the backwaters. The rooms was great and all the food was prepared and cooked by the crews on the boat. Time seems to slow down and the boat...