Whether you enter India with a giant leap or a small step, it will get right into your face before you can say "Namaste". India does not wait. It gets to you like that. You love it, you hate it. You never forget. Kerala, India, August 2014
20 minutes to landing. I am a bit nervous.
The lady next to me engages the conversation.
Lady: First time in India?
Lady: You bought a package?
Me: A package...?! No (I now know she meant a tourist travel package)
Lady: Welcome to India.
The coast of Kerala consists of an entanglement of semi-salty lakes and land where coconut threes are happily growing. While main roads are very busy, secondary roads are a paradise for cyclists.
Working in the backwaters
Living in the backwaters
Kerala is also covered by hills in its most eastern part, where coffee, tea and spices (cardamon, pepper...) are cultivated.
This delicate agriculture is mostly done manually, but modernity is finding its way, somehow.
The harbour of Kuzhupilly
A small harbour for local fishermen
The Arabian sea
The coast of Kerala is facing west on the Arabian sea.