Welcome to India!
First stop, Fort Kochin, Kerala. Kochin is an interesting mix of Portugal, Dutch and English architecture along the Malabar Coast.
First meal in India. Once the food arrived it was one of the best meals we had in Kerala
Fishing at sunset
The days catch is sold in the fish and seafood market. You can find all kinds of fresh fish, crabs, shrimp and squid in the markets.
Chinese fishing nets
The Chinese used Kochin as a transit point for spice trading
School kids visiting the beach. Interesting factoid about Kerala, it has a literacy rate of 91%. Highest in any developing nation in the world.
Fort Cochin "Boardwalk"
India's version of the Good Humor man
Coconut water break
In 1957 Kerala was the first state in the world to freely elect a communist government.
Mom very happy with her coconut water!
Dad having a taste test of the days catch.
Dutch church in Kochin. Vasco de Gama's arrival in India in 1498 opened Kerala up to European colonialism bringing the Portuguese, Dutch and English into Kerala.
Banana chip stall
Fried in coconut oil these are quite yummy!
Kerala is very chill and laid back - quite different from many parts of India
Kathakali artists preparing for the nights performance.
The makeup process is quite lenghty and very intricate
Kathakali is a classical Indian dance drama known for it's intricate make up and elaborate costumes. It originated in Kerala in the 17th century
The makeup is made from all natural ingredients
The dances are performed with music - just cymbals and classical Indian drums
The kathakali stories are enacted through intricate dance, hand movements, and facial expressions. Training can often last 8-10 years.
Flowers at a Spice plantation in Thekaddy
Vanilla. Kerala is knows for its spices. They produce every kind of spice you can think of.
Entering Periyar National Park in Thekaddy, Kerala. The national parks close one week every year in Jan/Feb to conduct a tiger census.
Boat tour in the park
We didn't see any tigers but did see a few elephants.....
...and lots of monkeys!
Traditional Indian thali.
Connecting with my brother and nephews back home. Even in the most remote places of india we managed to find a wi-fi connection!
Mom and dad with George (our driver during our time in Kerala)
Another coconut water break.
We cruised around Kerala in an Ambassador (car)
Lily pads covering a canal in Alleppey, Kerala
Selling the catch of the day along the road side