One of Kerala’s main attractions, and the reason it gets so many visitors are the stunning Alleppey backwaters situated about an hour away from Cochin. A lot of tourists stay on houseboats but these can be very pricey at around £100 each for 3 nights. If you’re on a budget this isn’t ideal but there are a few tips I can give you to make sure that you get the most out of the Alleppey backwaters without blowing your budget. Houseboat or Hostel? First up you have the decision to make about where to stay. Many people stay on the houseboats…

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Most of my readers may be aware of my lovely boyfriend’s strange interest but for those of you that have no idea let me tell you the way I tell most people we meet on the road. “Yeah well we’re travelling but also…well… here it comes again… Ben is obsessed with snakes, so we’re kind of looking for reptiles too,” I confess to the unsuspecting traveller. They will then pretend they aren’t weirded out and say “oh wow, cool. Have you found any poisonous snakes?” At this point I will interject while Ben laughs nervously. “Well interestingly,” I begin, “snakes…

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When we planned our trip we planned two chunks of three weeks each. Three weeks in the south, three in the north. We had three weeks to explore Kerala and then three weeks to do Delhi, the Golden Triangle and Rajasthan. I planned to write down my impressions of the difference of the north v south for other travellers, particularly women. Please bear in mind that this is based on my experiences alone, and that we visited very different places.   Attitude towards women This has been the big one. We already anticipated it from what we’d read and heard…

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If you’re in Kerala craving a bit of sun sea and sand then Varkala is the perfect town. It’s super popular with backpackers who flock there to enrol in yoga courses and find themselves on the beach. How to get to Varkala? The closest airport to Varkala is Trivandrum. It’s located 50 kilometres north-west of Trivandrum. Accessible by both bus and train which are the cheaper options. The bus station and train station are close together in Varkala. You can also get a prepaid taxi from Trivandrum airport for around 1,300/- which takes around 1 and a half hours. ATMs…

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What is Ayurvedic Massage? Ayurvedic massage is a part of Ayurvedic medicine which has its roots in India. It’s a holistic approach to medicine that makes use of plant based treatments derived from roots, leaves, fruits, bark, or seeds like cardamom. Although many organisations have dismissed it as a pseudoscience, 80% of Indians still make use of it. One of the most common Ayurvedic practices is massage which is believed to stimulate the lymphatic system to expel the toxins out from the body. Ayurvedic Massage is believed to lead to better immunity, help in body de-toxification, pain relief, reduction of fatigue, prevention of ageing…

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