Thursday, January 28, 2010

Winter Break Part VI: Kerala

Sad that our week of waves and sun came to an end, our group said goodbyes and parted ways for the last leg(s) of our break. Three of us continued south to the state of Kerala. After an overnight train, we hopped on a commuter ferry to the peninsula of Fort Cochin (a neighborhood/borough of the larger city of Kochi). Fort Cochin is very small and feels almost European with narrow streets, relaxed atmosphere, art galleries, a Jewish district, and lots of good cafes. We spent a day sight-seeing in Fort Cochin, then went on a backwater tour the next day. Next, we took a 5-hour public bus inland to the hill station of Munnar, which was definitely a highlight of the trip. Munnar is famous for its tea and spice production. We enjoyed roaming around the tea plantations and shopping for spices in the lively bazaar. After Munnar, we spent one more day in Fort Cochin before our 52-hour train ride back to Delhi.

Anticipating "Death By Chocolate" at a cute tea shop. It proved to be the most satisfying dessert of the month.

Billygoats make Kerala a happier place. At least for people like us who like to feed them banana peels.

Coconuts drying in the sun.

Happy to be in a wooden canoe in the backwaters.

Early morning fishing in Fort Cochin.

Tea plants in the morning sun.

The rolling tea plantations.

Spice shopping in Munnar.

Morning bus stop.

Traffic jam on a tiny bridge.

Curious kid in Fort Cochin.

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