DESTINATION №. 9 | From beaches and blue skies to the hills and houseboats of Kerala
While our last stop took us back to mainland india, we steerED clear of its usual madness and headed south.
To wind up our days in India but wind down before we hit London, we traded in the palm-lined beaches of the Andamans for the palm-lined coast of Kerala, South India - the state referred to as India's "most serenely beautiful" by Lonely Planet and as "God's Own Country" by its own locals. For two days we drifted through the backwaters of Allepey, stopping off along the riverside only to indulge in massages and pick up fresh King Prawns for dinner. Then it was up into the tea-plantation-covered hills of the Western Ghats. A perfect pitstop and prep for those cooler temperatures and countless cups of tea we were heading for in London.
You won't find a more unique and true Kerala experience than hiring a houseboat in Allepey. Staffed
with your own driver and chef, sit back and relax for a couple of nights as you are steered through
the backwaters of Kerala and treated to the freshest and finest cuisine the region has to offer.
With 600km of Arabian Sea shoreline, it's not surprising that Kerala is abundant in beautiful seafood.
Pick up some fresh tiger prawns and seafood from the markets or riverside for the best meal you
would have been treated to yet.
Ayurvedic massages and yoga are an intrinsic part of the Kerala culture
so it's only right that you treat yourself and your body to a traditional massage.
Alcohol and water if you want it for your time on the water, although
alcohol isn't easy to get. Ask a local to point you in the right direction.
You will most likely arrive or leave Kerala via Kochi, and when there, be sure to check out Fort Kochi.
Near the fishmarkets, Fort Kochi offers a charming village full of small 'boutique-style' shops that cater
to shoppers with a taste for the well curated. Think beautiful jewellery, handcrafted crush cotton Kaftans
(my favourite purchase), exquisite carvings.
Prepare to do nothing but relax so make sure to pack a good book.