Festivals of India

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With so many festivals on offer in India, it isn’t hard to look beyond the more common ones to find a slightly different festival experience. Below is just a selection of some of India’s most unique festivals on offer to travellers.   Durga Puja – best experienced in West Bengal/Kerala Much like Diwali, Durga Puja… Read more »

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Snake Boats of Kerala

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Measuring up to 140 feet in length and requiring 100 rowers to make them manoeuvrable, the chundan vallam, or snake boat, is considered one Kerala’s greatest symbols.   With a bow that rises five feet above the water level, the snake boat’s resemblance to hooded snakes has earned them this nickname. This particular boat’s legend… Read more »

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Kerala: Wayanad

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[Part 7] This travel diary gives a fascinating insight from Rahul into one of our South India tours, Kerala Calling.       I woke up reasonably early and was eager to see the view from my window. I was not disappointed. Mist hovered along the brim of the lush green mountain opposite me and… Read more »

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Kerala: On The Road to Wayanad

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[Part 6] This travel diary gives a fascinating insight from Rahul into one of our South India tours, Kerala Calling.     Bags packed, I headed to Kochi station to catch the train to Calicut. From there, my driver was to take me further north into the lesser-explored part of Kerala. When people think of… Read more »

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Kerala: Cochin

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[Part 5] This travel diary gives a fascinating insight from Rahul into one of our South India tours, Kerala Calling.   The alarm went off at 4:30am… it was time to say goodbye to the rest of the group as they had to leave for Kochi (Cochin) to catch their morning flight back to Mumbai,… Read more »

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Kerala: Alleppey

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[Part 4] This travel diary gives a fascinating insight from Rahul into one of our South India tours, Kerala Calling.       Today was a day of sheer hard work (not!)… it was another early start though, as we had to leave the homestay at 7am to go to the ayurvedic massage centre located… Read more »

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Kerala: Alleppey (Backwater Country)

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[Part 3] This travel diary gives a fascinating insight from Rahul into one of our South India tours, Kerala Calling.       I was up early and strolled around the estate which contained some impressive spice plantations as well as tea. After another delicious breakfast we set off on the drive to Kottayam, which… Read more »

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Kerala: Munnar

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[Part 2] This travel diary gives a fascinating insight from Rahul into one of our South India tours, Kerala Calling.   The heavens had opened as we touched down in Kochi. Although the monsoon should have been over a few months ago, it seems that weather everywhere is playing havoc. We boarded our minibus and… Read more »

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Kerala: Goa

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[Part 1] This travel diary gives a fascinating insight from Rahul into one of our South India tours, Kerala Calling.   I finally touched down late afternoon in India’s tiniest state, home to only 1.3 million people (which is tiny when compared to cities like Delhi, which has a population creeping over 15 million people!). I… Read more »

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