Things to Do in Mysore Guide

In this post we will share some great things to do in Mysore.  But first it was a bit of culture shock to be back in a bustling city after the peace of Kerala countryside.  Mysore represented the second state we visited (Karnataka) and is an important tourist destination, known for its royal heritage and lavish palace.  It is one …

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Elephants and a Birthday in Wayanad

I really wanted to see elephants in India.  Of course I had seen lots of them in zoos and even in the wild in Sri Lanka and throughout Africa, but I was determined we would see them in India.  On our trip we were visiting two wildlife area.  We visited Periyar Tiger Reserve, which was a total bust for seeing wildlife, although we …

Beach and Culture in Kannur

After our amazing stay in Munnar, our driver Arun drove us back to Kochi and from there we said goodbye to him and the car and caught a train north to Kannur. On our drive back we saw hundreds of women walking in matching sarees along the side of the road.  Our driver Arun could not really explain what it …

Homestay Love in Munnar

This blog could be all about how amazing homestays are since that is what I will remember most about Munnar.  Munnar is spectacular with its rolling hills covered in tea bushes.  It is India’s #1 tea growing region and a major tourist destination (mostly domestic tourists, but increasingly foreigners).  We spent our longest time in Munnar (4 nights) and what …

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Periyar Tiger Reserve: Oh My!

While we were planning this trip I did lots of research but we purposefully left our itinerary totally open.  So the first week that we were in India involved lots of route discussions.  For awhile we really considered heading to the Maldives for a week since they were only a short flight away.  In the end, we knew it would …

Kerala Backwaters

Backwater Bliss

The Kerala coast is famous for its network of backwaters – a vast network of waterways.   This is generally a must visit place for travelers here with many staying overnight on the converted rice barges that ply these waters.  These houseboats are luxurious traveling vessels with room for multiple families, a crew that cooks lovely meals for you, and even …