Chef from Spice Village a holistic retreat in Southern India, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Backwaters of Kerala

We departed Cochin and I so sadly separated from my traveling buddies, Meg North, Martha Gaughen, Vicki Upchurch, Yeardley Williams, and Julie Lemish. I had an even better traveling buddy arriving, my husband, Gerry. Our first stop was to the Backwaters of Kerala on a houseboat! It was a delightful experience! The whole houseboat was just for us. We had a crew of 3 men, Shadib, Jacob( a wonderful cook) and Shadeesh. They welcomed us with Jasmine leis and a delicious fruit drink. We just took off our shoes and relaxed. I ordered wine, and they had a great red wine brand, Grover. We stopped along our way at a very old vilage, Champakluam. We visited an amazing Basilica, St. Mary’s and a Mass was going on. Again it was the most amazing experience. All the ladies were on one side in their colorful Saris and the men were on the other. A very moving service. They were all singing when we got there so I’m enclosing a video. The church was built in the 5th century by the Portugese. We then reboarded our houseboat and were served a most delicious dinner of vegetables, fish fillets, fresh, pineapple, Nan, and wine.

10 March, 2011 10:44

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Sunset in Kerala over the Chinese fishing nets

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Courtyard of Visilam hotel Chettinad

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Mahaballiporam India

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Mahaballiporum near Chennai India

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Tiger sighting

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Tiger tracking!

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Birds of India

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Getting ready to tiger track on elephants

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Tiger Tracking