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The backwaters that meander through Kerala, around Allepey (Alappuzha) and Cochin (Kochi) are a network of rivers, canals and lagoons. They nourish rice paddies and coconut groves, while sleek houseboats cruise the water highways.


Far inland the mountainous Ghats are covered in vast plantations of spices and tea. Exotic wildlife also thrives in these hills. Good examples are Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and Munnar.


Adventurers and traders have visited Kerala for ages. Fort Cochin pays homage to its colonial past, each building whispering a tale of Chinese visitors, Portuguese traders, Jewish settlers, Syrian Christians and Muslim merchants.

Kumily - Periyar NP - Munnar

Periyar is a protected area, and a Project Tiger nature reserve in the South Indian State of Kerala, set high in the mountains of the Western Ghats at the border to Tamil Nadu. Also Munnar has a National Park, which was highly recommend to me, but sadly it was closed. The whole Periyar (Kumily)-Munnar area has beautiful forests and lakes, great mountain views and many tea ľand spice plantations. It has also a very pleasant temperature due the altitude and fresh clean air. After the polluted noisy and dirty Indian cities a great relief.

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Allepey

Alappuzha (Allepey) is a town with picturesque canals, backwaters, beaches, and lagoons. It was described as the Venice of the East by Lord Curzon. Making a trip through the canals by (house) boat is a very relaxing experience. It has also a very peculiar beach as I have never seen before on all my Asia travels with an amazing sea view park and picnic spot. (Forbidden to vedeography).

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YouTube Kerala: Kumily - Periyar NP - Munnar - Alappuzha

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Ernakulam - Cochin

Ernakulam on one side and Fort Cochin on the other side of a large harbor have been a pleasant surprise after a lot of disappointments. It looks like the foreign influence for so long, has created a more open and creative atmosphere then elsewhere on my India journey. Suddenly all the things I missed so much as a nice park, a boulevard, benches to sit on and to have a cup of tea (items I found everywhere in all the Asian countries I visited). Fort Cochin was again a journey back in time. I loved strolling through the old streets and seeing all the fishing activities around the harbor.

 

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