I recently left the busy and chaotic streets of Kathmandu for Kerala, India for a quick five day vacation. Kerala is a state on the Malabar coastal in the southwest of the sub-continent. Having spent the last year and a half living in Kathmandu, I was half-expecting Kerala to be a reflection of Nepal’s disorderly pace, but was in for a pleasant surprise. The pace in Kerala is slow and leisurely, with an emphasis on the beaches and backwaters -the ideal location for a quick break.
Here’s how to spend five days in Kerala.
Kerala has a lively and extensive history. Western traders have been visiting its shores since 166 BC. There are strong Syrian Jewish, Christian, and Muslim influences visible both in every day practice of small minority groups and in the art and architecture.
Fort Cochin for R&R
We spent 3 of our 5 days in the small fishing town of Fort Cochin, where Portuguese, Dutch, and British colonial styles dominate and days are filled with seafood and relaxing seaside. The other two nights were spent gazing at the Arabian Sea from Alappuzha Beach and cruising through the languid Kerala backwaters.
Vicky Flip Flop suggests another 52 of the coolest things to do in Kerala – so you’ll be spoiled for choice if you travel here.
Is a trip to Kerala on your wish list?
This is a guest post written by my daughter’s good friend Kieh Christopherson. She is originally from North Vancouver but is presently living in Nepal.