Ker­ala Back­wa­ters

Let's Travel - - ASIA -

It all be­gan with a taxi con­ver­sa­tion in Auck­land. I’d been chat­ting with my In­dian driver about how I’d al­ways wanted to see his coun­try. Hav­ing paid and about to jump out, the driver yelled “WAIT!” To which he then whipped out his iPad and be­gan flick­ing through pho­tos of the one In­dian state he in­sisted I visit above all oth­ers. I think he even turned the en­gine off.

Prior to this, Ker­ala hadn’t re­ally been on my radar, but pho­tos of old rice boats glid­ing down palm-tree lined rivers had me hooked. “Look! Mid­dle­class homes too!” said the driver. In­deed there were. And while ad­ven­tures in Myan­mar, Thai­land, the States and Australia would hap­pen in the in­ter­ven­ing cou­ple of years, I did fi­nally make it to In­dia in late 2014. As promised it was Ker­ala, the state on the very south­ern tip of the sub­con­ti­nent.

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