Postcard From Kerala: Cherai Beach & Kochi
Hello my dear friends, I hope you are in the best of health and spirits. I am in Kerala putting up at Club Mahindra, Cherai Beach. Online bookings are available.
Kerala, also known as God’s Own Country is located on Malabar coast in Southwestern India. Known for its backwaters (an extensive network of interlocking rivers, lakes & canals); forests, elephant camps & wildlife sanctuaries; hill stations & tea gardens; rich heritage & culture; festivals & festivities; spice gardens & finger licking cuisine served on banana leaf; gorgeous beaches & deep valleys; ayurveda & holistic health resorts; waterfall, lakes & dams, Kerala is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country.
These are the two cottages; one for my children and the other one for us. There is also a pond full of fish in front of our cottages. We had fun fishing over here.The yellow flowers look so pretty.
Spotted some more happiness blooming when I took a stroll that afternoon. This resort is right in front of the Arabian sea. Cross the road and there you are in the midst of sand, sea and sun. In case you get bored, then hop on the houseboat and cruise through Kerala backwaters for there’s one at the back of the resort. I thoroughly enjoyed pampering myself with a laid back and peaceful holiday.
This stunning view of backwaters of Kerala along with this beautiful houseboat/kettuvallam is right behind our cottages as mentioned earlier.
The backwater cruises, both tranquil & scenic are once in a lifetime experience. In the olden days these houseboats of various shapes and sizes were used to transport people and goods from one place to the other. These days they are basically used to promote tourism.
We saw the fisherman catching fish with the help of big nets.
These men go fishing all their lives.
We saw some coconut trees swaying in the breeze and some villages too.
This man is climbing up the tree to pluck coconuts. In fact every backyard of Kerala has coconut trees. Coconut is extensively used here; right from coconut flesh to coconut oil to its milk to coconut palm jaggery to even coconut drinks like toddy. Coconut water is also drunk to keep the body hydrated. Also, coir is made from the outer husk of coconut and used in making brushes, ropes, mats, fishing nets, mattresses etc.
Spotted another beautiful houseboat, this time in Kochi.
Enjoying our houseboat ride
The cuisine of Kerala incorporates both vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes. Rice, coconut and fish are the dominating ingredients used in almost all their dishes along with a whole range of spices like cardamom, cloves, pepper, bay leaf and many others. It is interesting to note here that the cuisine from this State is a fusion of Malabar, Arabic and French influences.
We always relish our meals in Kerala. We eat to our hearts’ content. Polish off our plates and then wind up with a cup of hot aromatic coffee. My children tend to feel sleepy after relishing their favourite food.
Glimpses From Kochi
We are at the Jew Town or in other words at the Jewish Community of Kochi.
This place is dotted with lovely shops selling spices, local crafts, vintage & antique collection; garments & jewellery as well.
My children with their grandfather/my father at one of the shops with a cafe. In fact there are so many of them all over the place. Some of them are located in heritage buildings. All of them offer a blend of local as well as western cuisine. This place surely has the magic of the old world charm.
We are in front Paradesi Synagogue, the oldest active one in the entire Commonwealth of Nations. This was built in 1568.
By The Sea
This is the Fort Kochi Beach along the Arabian Sea. We smelt the sea and felt the breeze as the waves kissed our feet. In fact my favourite colour is that of sunset. Guess we should watch more sunsets than Netflix. It definitely relaxes the mind and soothes the soul. It was such a beautiful evening.
At Kochi, ready to flap my wings and take off to yet another destination with my husband. See you soon next Friday; until then, keep smiling and take care.