My first trip to Kerala

I had been looking forward to enjoying a holiday in Kerala but in the end it was a business trip, close to Kerala, which finally got me there. The first impression was the huge difference from north India – tranquility, greenery and the abundance of water.

What can I say? Gorgeous Kerala, with its palm fringed beaches and lush tropical backwaters, is the perfect combination of culture and relaxation – India at a slower, more relaxed pace. This short trip showed me how good are the holidays where you can just relax and let the world drift by.

I thought that breakfast at the German Bakery – freshly baked croissants, and the delicious farmer’s breakfast, which includes bacon-potato-cheese scrambled eggs – would keep me going all day. But a speedboat ride along the spectacular Hawa beach coastline, and lessons in surfing from the professionals at the Kovalam Surf Club soon had me wanting some foodandrest. It also convinced me that surfing is not for every one – and most certainly not for me!

A stroll along the Lighthouse beach, a buzzing hub for many restaurants, soon cured the hunger. But most of all, in the few days I had, I loved lying on a sunbed under an umbrella at the Samudra beach, watching life go by lapped by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.

I can understand why the locals call this “God’s own country” – and fully intend returning to spend some time in the spice plantations and the backwaters (and of course the fabulous beaches). I may even roam wearing a lungi – just like the locals.

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