Christmas and New Year 2007-2008 in Kerala and Tamil Nadu - India

20.12.2007 - 02.01.2008

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We planned this holiday some weeks before and we were really looking forward to leave the stressy Mumbai and go to a place where we could enjoy the sea, the nature. Destination Kerala was clear but it should not be the touristic developed south around Cochin bur the quieter north of the state. After hours searching in internet and tens of telephone calls Diana put together the trip.

We flew to Kozhikode (former Calicut) and spend the first days 20km north of the city on Kappad Beach - the beach where Vasco da Gama landed  in 1498, in a small resort overlooking the Arabian sea. We celebrate a quiet Christmas there, enjoying the sunset and the evening buffet. Two nights we stood on the so called  backwaters of Kerala, the river system behind the coast,  on a houseboat. A really enjoyable and relaxing experience especially that we were on the only boat operating in the area.


  Take off from crowded and polluted Mumbai...


  to land in green Kerala


  The beach in front of our resort


  is continued with another stretch of fine yellow sand


  The view from our balcony during day...


  and in the evening of the sun setting in the Arabian Sea


  Fishermen waiting for the boat


  Young Indian men spend their free time watching a group of foreigners, especially the ladies, bathing in the sea
  Our houseboat who cruises us on the backwater of Calicut


  Sitting and relaxing on the houseboat watching the landscape of backwaters and the dayly life of the local people




  Group of fishermen catching shrimps


  Coir (coconut fibre) "factory", one of the main produce of Kerala


  Fisherman with interesting hat


  Fishermen at sunset


  Fisherman selling the fresh mussels to our cook




  Kite in attack flight



Our boat ist parked for the night in a quiet bay

      Small hindu temple in a village



Sunrise over backwater


  Local transport


  Fish shop where we bought fresh provisions


  One of km long unspoiled beaches of Kerala



The boatmen is picking fresh coconut for us


Group photo with the people from the village where one of the boat men came from


Returning with a small rowing boat from beach and village visit


Michael with the cook and the boatman

  The boat driver    

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