30 April 2013

Mumbai- Slumdogs and Millionaires

When I saw "Slumdog Millionaire" in the cinema all those years ago, I immediately made my mind up: If India is that hardcore, I don't ever wanna go there, and especially not Mumbai. I would have to eat my words. Yes, "Slumdog Millionaire" is a great movie, but Mumbai(previously Bombay) is a whole lot more than a movie location.

22 April 2013

Hampi- treasures of a fallen Empire

Virupaksha Temple
A friend who travelled in India some years ago recommended Hampi village in Karnataka as an absolute must-see. I had therefore decided I would go there even before I landed on Indian soil. Amongst the ruins of a fallen Empire lies a cultural treasure that left me in awe.

18 April 2013

Munnar: Tea plantations and escaping wild elephants

After a few weeks as a beach bum, I felt like exploring something different. Always a huge fan of tea, I wanted to see a real life tea plantation. And the good news? It was only a really bumpy six-hour bus trip from Alappuzha. The hill station and surroundings of Munnar is so beautiful it's hard to fathom.

16 April 2013

Alappuzha- the Kerala backwaters

The most advertised activity in Kerala is a boat ride on the backwaters. The most popular city, because of its accessibility to the backwaters, is Alappuzha, a small, but friendly city. However, it wasn't the boat ride on the backwaters I enjoyed most. It was the friendly and relaxed atmosphere and the beautiful city beach.

15 April 2013

Kerala: Fort Kochi

No wonder Kerala has labeled itself God's Own country. It is the most educated state, the cleanest and has the highest quality of life than anywhere else in India. Kerala is rich in culture and traditions and has nature and beaches you can only dream of. The people are probably India's friendliest; warm and humble. But the most memorable experience of all? Travelling with a puppy.