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Month: April, 2011

Kerala Backwaters Alleppy – sounds and images

22 April, 2011 (06:20) | Living in Europe

Quiet Backwaters Audio Soundscape from boat 1) The front of our quaint boat looks like an Italian gondola, but the canals are nothing like Venice, Italy. 2) Welcome coconuts Our kettu vallam (a converted rice barge) houseboat is the perfect size. We cruise down small backwater canals, passing tiny houses along the banks behind which […]

Drive from Trivandrum to Alleppy

22 April, 2011 (04:18) | Living in Europe

Sunday, Feb. 20 We pass lots of cows sharing the streets with us on our drive through Kerala As fun filled as our 3 days in Trivandrum have been, we are ready to move on. Rajeev will be our driver for the next 7 to 10 days. I keep a tiny notepad in my purse […]

Attukal Pongala Festival in Trivandrum (Kerala)

6 April, 2011 (01:19) | Living in Europe

Saturday, February 19 Today is a big festival in Trivandrum. Thousands of women will make the pilgrimage to the Attukal Bhagavathy Temple downtown. More than 3 million women (30 lakhs), both young and old, rich and poor, Indian and foreign are expected to participate this year. I’m told Attukal Pongala festival is registered in the […]