Friday, November 10, 2006

Friday Destination Dreaming # 4

Kerala, India

In the depths of my imagination, I am heading to the region of Kerala in Southern India, which is famous for palm trees, rivers and backwater lagoons. Now is the best time to visit - between October to April, also monsoon.

You can fly into either Kochi (former colonial name Cochin) or Thiruvanathapuram (former colonial name Trivandrum), the two biggest cities, with the latter being famous for the Sri. Padmanabhaswami Temple dedicted to Lord Vishnu. Another popular destination is Kovalam which is reputed to have the most beautiful beach in the state. While in Kerala you will dine on incredibly delicious and varied vegetarian cuisine, can treat yourself to an Ayurvedic spa treatment, and can watch a Kathakali dancing performance about stories from the epics.

However, the true highlight to your trip is a slow and peaceful journey through the backwaters on your own private houseboat with a dedicated chef and captain/guide.


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