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Jan 21, 2012 - Munnar

Munnar is referred to as a “hill station.” To get there we climbed in elevation, and left the heat and humidity of the backwaters behind. It’s a small town, surrounded on all sides by tea plantations. For miles as you approach Munnar, and miles after you leave, all you can see in every direction is tea. We spent two nights there, but definitely could have spent more. On our only full day there, we spent the morning walking through tea plantations and ended up at a pretty waterfall. The smell of tea wafts throughout the whole area. In the...

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Jan 19, 2012 - Alleppey

The main tourist attraction in Kerala, and one of the main ones in all of India, is riding on the Kerala backwaters and experiencing village life on the shores as you float past. The backwaters are a vast network of canals, rivers, and streams that run throughout the state, with certain sections much more opened to tourism than others. For the villagers, these waterways are the only form of transportation in some places, and ferries act like local buses shuttling people around. Most tourists rent a houseboat, which is a fancy old rice boat...

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Jan 15, 2012 - Kochi

We left Kathmandu mid-morning and arrived at Delhi airport a little over an hour later. From there it was a short layover, and another 3 or 4 hours to Kochi in southern India. In the span of a day we went from the cold of the Nepali Himalaya to the heat of the tropics, and it was quite a shift to go through. Our flight out of Kathmandu was delayed a couple hours, and it was in general a long travel day, but somehow it just flew by without any issues and we were both surprised by the ease of it all. Suddenly, we were packing away our shoes...

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Jan 13, 2012 - Kerala Backwaters Homestay

We left Thekkady at 9am.  Some of the group had early morning massages. Our trip to the Kerala backwaters was 4.5 hours bus ride with a 30 mins stop at a coffee shop. We pulled up at the river side then took a small boat across to the island where we were staying.  We could only take stuff for overnight - big bags wouldn't have fitted on the boats, but ever prepared I'd bought a fold up holdall that we used.  The group were staying  in two houses - 5 in each and I'd thought it would be basic, but it is actually better than some of the...

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Jan 3, 2012 - Travel to Wayanad

Our hotel in Kochi was opposite a school.  As we ate breakfast the kids were arriving for the day.  All neatly dressed in uniform with enormous rucksacks even the little ones.  And we were amazed by the tuktuks Tardis like properties.  We got three adults in the back. One pulled up at school and kids just kept piling out like some kind of TV comedy - in the end we think 8 in total all with backpacks!!  As we left the hotel at 8am it was clearly the start of school and the gates must be locked at that point.  Some latecomers turned up -...

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Jan 2, 2012 - Flying Prawns

This morning we met at 830 for our group meeting. Breakfast was omelette, toast and Tetley tea! The other four in our group joined us - they had already done a two week trip in north India so were grateful for some heat! A woman from Cambridge and a family from Sydney - the girl is 11. After a run through of our trip, which has changed slightly from the itinerary online, we left at 930 for our sightseeing in Kochi. It is hot and sunny again today. We walked from the hotel via the coast and Chinese fishing nets passing the fish Market...

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Dec 30, 2011 - Bollywood afternoon

One of the downsides of a lengthy afternoon siesta is when you should be going to bed to sleep you can't! So at midnight we were still reading and watching TV and the corruption debate was still on in the Indian parliament.  And it makes Cameron/Milliband discussions look very tame in comparison.  Shouting, throwing papers, storming round the seats - most amusing though was when the speaker shouted National Song National Song and they all stopped, stood up and sang!  Not sure Bercow would have the same reaction if he shouted National...

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Dec 29, 2011 - Lazy day

Lazy morning this morning.  Buffet breakfast in the hotel - combination of continental, traditional British minus the meat, and various curry dishes.  Bit weird having curry for breakfast followed by fruit and pain au chocolat but best get used to it! After breakfast went to the gym for an hour - might just have burnt off the Christmas party alcohol now!!!  Having not been in a gym for over a year, the Nordic walking has obviously been helping - managed to run for 15 mins quite easily which for me is a minor miracle!  Quick dip in the pool...

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Dec 7, 2011 - Kerala

Trip Duration : 7th Dec 2011 - 13 Dec 2011 Season : Winter (Pick Season) Kerala is my favorite and dream place in India. On 6th dec I went to Mumbai from pune , my home. And then next day we flied towards kochi from Mumbai airport. This is the first time we both are alone and no any relatives with us. On 29th nov, we tied a knot Munnar is very nice hill station in kerala. The weather was extremely cold and nice. Munnar - breathtakingly beautiful - a haven of peace and tranquility - the idyllic tourist destination in God's own country....

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Nov 27, 2011 - Alleppey, Kerala **Blog**

Kerala – the last state we were visiting in India - and, as we made our way, that slightly mournful feeling that comes with knowing you’ll soon be leaving a country crept in. Completing 2½ months in India we started to tick off our last train journey, our last cup of chai, the last auto rickshaw driver trying to rob us blind… Actually that’s slightly unfair to Kerala. Although we were fighting an almost constant battle against being cheated in North India, we found our experience in South India to be far more laid-back. People in the south...

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Nov 8, 2011 - Ayurveda Care

Ayurveda is a holistic healing science which comprises of two words, Ayu and Veda. Ayu means life and Veda means knowledge or science. So the literal meaning of the word Ayurveda is the science of life. Ayurveda is a science dealing not only with treatment of some diseases but is a complete way of life. Ayurveda is an Ancient Holistic medicine practiced 5000 years ago in India. "Ayurveda treats not just the ailment but the whole person and emphasizes prevention of disease to avoid the need for cure." Ayurvedic Medicine has become an...

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Nov 4, 2011 - We are in Fort Kochi (Cochin) Kerala

Hi everyone, We arrived in Kochi yesterday and are exploring and relaing in equal measures. This is a great town, a tiny bit more expensive but shopping about for food and beer is always fun. We visited a spice market today and saw how they prepare ginger (pics to follow) and wandered around, had a beer and some food. There is a big playing field where all the local lads play football, cricket and hockey, I'm going to see if I can get a game tomorrow look great fun and the lcals love it when you join in, especially where the catch you in...

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Asian Adventure 2011

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