Do you wish to go on an epic adventure through India? Pauline & Dennis De Carli did just that with their India travels in May 2012. In between the occasional gin and tonic sundowner and Ayurvedic massage they found time to share their India travel stories with their loved ones at home.
The Indians love to celebrate in Kanam / Trivandrum.
Well I am now officially a senior citizen!
The day started out with a homemade birthday cake and a bouquet of flowers from the staff at our hotel, Serenity in Kanam! It’s a 100 year old plantation house with beautiful views, flowers and butterflies galore.
I have just come from having an Ayurvedic facial and now I smell like a freshly baked hot cross bun!
Yesterday we rode Lakshmi a 30 year old elephant, she is extremely well cared for and Dennis and I rode her bareback through the plantations to a watering hole where she knelt down for us to descend.
I accompanied her into the water where she laid on her side while I scrubbed her. She was the most gentle of creatures and we spent several delightful hours in her company.
And can you believe it, when we reached Trivandrum in the south I had another birthday cake for dinner. The table was covered with stars, flower petals and candles and no – Dennis did not arrange any of this.
I am going to miss these kind, generously spirited people.
We spent two days cruising the backwaters of Alleppey. We were on a 50 foot rice barge with a staff of three for just the two of us.
The barge was extremely luxurious with two staterooms with en-suites, all beautifully panelled and the food was divine, tiger shrimp, fresh fish and plentiful wine.
From the water we were able to observe rural life, between the channels are extensive rice fields and although the people live in simple homes they want for little.
They are surrounded by fresh fruit, the pineapple is out of this world and the fish are plentiful. We visited a very old temple built of wood temple where a candlelight ceremony was in progress.
We had lunch with a local family and they cooked a fabulous Keralan meal which we ate off a banana leaf.! Everywhere we go the people are so friendly and I greet them with a smile and “Namaste”.
I have posed for so many photos during our India travels that I feel like an aging movie star!
We arrived on a sea plane to the Maldives and as I write this I am looking out onto the Indian Ocean from our bungalow on stilts over the sea.
The island is not very large and it’s beautifully landscaped with palms and natural shrubbery and all the accommodation offers great privacy.
We spend our days swimming, reading and relaxing, it’s wonderful!
The evening skies here are amazing, with no light pollution we have a canopy of stars and the Milky Way is clearly visible!
Tomorrow is our last day in paradise before we will start our arduous task of returning home.
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