The highlights of... Kerala, India
Jayant Naniwadekar, one of our India experts, made a trip to Kerala in India earlier this year.
Here he shares with us a few of the photographs he took on his journey, showing why the region is often referred to as “God’s Own Country”.
Left: The Chinese fishing nets at Fort Cochin in Kerala are a popular tourist attraction. Operated from the shore, the nets are set-up on bamboo and teak poles. Each installation is run by a team of up to six fishermen.
Right: Visitors can buy the fresh fish caught using this traditional fishing method and get them cooked in a nearby stall.
Left: The backwaters of Kerala are a beautiful network of rivers, lakes and canals.
Right: The houseboats (or riceboats) on the Kerala backwaters are typically made by tying jackwood planks together with coconut jute and then coated with cashew-nut oil to protect them from the water, while palm leafs make up the roof.
Left: Typical Indian breakfast – masala omelette made with spices such as chillies and cumin, onion, garlic, mushrooms.
Right: Kathakali is the traditional Keralan dance. Stories from mythology are depicted through very expressive and loud dances, the actors never speak but use hand gestures and dancing to express themselves instead. The process of painting the dancers (see the photo above) is long and usually takes a minimum of two hours.