Travel Thursdays: Monsoon in Kerela

It’s Travel Thursdays and I’ve decided to blog on old travels etc – just because I haven’t got new exciting travels to blog about. ¬†We are saving for it! ūüôā ¬†Kerela is known to be the most beautiful during monsoon season – frankly I was skeptical as to why this was so. ¬†After going during this season I can safely say it is a paradise for PHOTOGRAPHY but that is about it. ¬†I like going out, being on the move without an umbrella and my feet soaked. ¬†So it’s all about perspective I guess!

Tips on where to stay:

  • Marriott Kochi Hotel– simply because you can’t go wrong with a five star in a country which is relatively cheap to your currency! ¬†Our stay a night was equivalent to a 3 star in London or a BnB! ¬†We had a buffet breakfast each morning. ¬†The spread was fantastic. ¬†Hot indian breakfast was made fresh ūüôā ¬†For those of you who are not accustomed to indian food – there was continental and english breakfast too. ¬†But I always say in India do as the Indians do! ¬†OK so I say that in every country! ¬†Why not try to enjoy the country locally? ¬†We go there for a different anthropological feel so we might as well enjoy it!
  • Taj Hotel – We stayed here for a night. ¬†It’s much pricer that’s why just a night! ¬†The style of the hotel was rather Maharaja-Type. ¬†That translates into the olden Indian Kingdom Type of Hotels. ¬†The architecture was amazing. ¬†The food was pretty immaculate too! ¬†Another advantage was that there was a complimentary boat trip around the Arabian Sea to see the Chinese Fishing Nets.

FYI – The floods were shocking!!! ¬†One night a road we went by was completely flooded that our car came to a stop. ¬†The driver sent his son outside to look for an alternate route. ¬†The water was up to an average man’s knee. ¬†Fortunately, we weren’t stranded for long. ¬†We also passed by random villagers who were fishing with their hands in the floods and witnessed a big catch. ¬†A man was flapping around the huge fish!

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This picture shows the minor floods in the daytime.

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My favourite local Kerela food – the Kerela Prata! ¬†It’s a flour based bread that you dip in curry. ¬†It costs about 5 Rupees which is about 5 pence!! ¬†OMG. ¬†SO CHEAP. ¬†Always go to a country where your currency is king! ūüėČ

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Indian Masala Tea that is being ‘pulled’ by the man. ¬†Some countries call this “pulling-tea”. ¬†It’s amazing how they do this. ¬†If it were me I’d end up burning myself! ¬†I was in awe. ¬†We actually let ourselves in the kitchen and asked him if we could take a photo. ¬†I can’t speak the language as this is South India and I know Hindi and Punjabi which are both North Indian Languages. ¬†Luckily, he knew a bit of english ūüôā

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TAJ HOTEL: The hotel swimming pool which looks like an infinity pool.  The sea the hotel overlooks is the Arabian Sea.  It was beautiful!  I actually feel this picture does not do justice to the place.

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The Chinese Fishing Nets. ¬†Apparently Chinese people introduced the method of fishing to people in Kerela. ¬†I saw this from the complimentary boat ride ūüôā

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Sunset view of the Arabian Sea. ¬†It was simply breath-taking! ¬†ūüôā

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The hotel had south-indian cultural dance performances which were interesting to watch. ¬†We watched for a bit but didn’t really understand what was going on.

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My happy feet!! ¬†There was a really nice spa where I indulged in a relaxing pedicure. ¬†I chose a bright color to cheer myself up from the perpetual rain. ¬†But I guess that’s what monsoon is about! ¬†ūüėČ

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The morning buffet range was wonderful. ¬†These were the desserts! ¬†ūüôā

Must-see shopping mall:

  • Lulu Mall – it has recently opened and has major brand names and also has designer indian wear. ¬†I picked up outfits to wear for upcoming weddings!

Enjoyed my trip there as it was different from what I’m used to for a holiday. ¬†It also really made me appreciate the devloped lifestyle that we lead and often take for granted.

xx

B

Travel Thursdays – Plights of Flights

Cover of "Bon Voyage!"

Cover of Bon Voyage!

This week instead of a country review or my wanderlust adventures – I’ve decided to post some travelling tips which I find very helpful. ¬†These tips address the plights that arise with flights. Combat problems associated with flying, yes, truly a first world problem.

Tips for future globe trotters:

  1. Sleep enough before a long flight.  Jet-lag is inevitable so try to combat tiredness before boarding the flight.
  2. Your skin tends to get very dry on long haul flights (I tend to break out) -moisturize yourself in the plane. ¬†A spritz spray might be a good idea. ¬†I use Jane Iredale Antioxidant Hydration.¬† It works well for me. ¬†I order it online from Beauty Time Therapist (it’s cheaper with free delivery!) ¬†Spray your bare skin a few times during the flight. ¬†If you have make-up on, I’d suggest mineral make-up to ensure you don’t clog your pores. ¬†In addition, the Hydration spray is suited for mineral make up and is able to¬†penetrate¬†through your make-up to your skin.
  3. Keep a packing list saved on your computer.  Or print one out everytime you travel.  It relives stress and the problem of forgetting to pack something is eradicated.
  4. Keep a bit of different currencies with you. ¬†You never know when you need it, and you won’t lose out on exchange rate. ¬†I’m not saying 100s of dollars, but keep the petty cash after a trip and don’t convert it back. ¬†This is exceptionally true for my Europe trips.
  5. Keep a ziplock that contains your liquids (less than 100ml) in your handbag. ¬†It’s easier than having to search through your bag prior to security. ¬†You know its waiting to happen so be prepared.
  6. When shopping abroad, use your debit card. ¬†The exchange rate is the best rate on it. ¬†I’ve come to realise it’s better than exchanging money. ¬†However, if living in the UK make sure to alert your bank that you are travelling – otherwise your card gets flagged for fraud. This will leave you stranded!
  7. Overcome jetlag by trying not to sleep on the plane even if it “your night”. ¬†Try from the first day to fit the new clock. ¬†That’s the only way to maximise your trip!
  8. Be consistent with Multi-Vitamins. ¬†It’s essential. ¬†Stay hydrated on the plane. ¬†Walk in the plane and make frequent trips to the toilet. ¬†it all sounds logical but it’s imperative. ¬†Not doing so causes DVT and other illnesses.
  9. Travel with a laptop. ¬†Transfer pictures of your holiday daily. ¬†Memory cards get lost/damaged – be pro-active! ¬†To be honest, I’ve learnt this from my husband as he’s in control of photography, photos and technology.
  10. Turn 3G/Roaming off.  The bill will kill you even before your shopping bills arrive.  If you go to a certain country often, getting a local pre-paid sim card would be practica.  You could top up to retain the number from online.  Find out from the provider. Save money where you can!

These are my golden 10 rules of travel. ¬†You can add to my list from your experience! ūüôā

Happy Travelling!  Bon Voyage! X