Under the same roof as Vasco da Gama!

It was late afternoon and the place where I usually stay was fully booked. I walked around and stumbled upon ‘Vasco homestay,’ a corner house at the junction of Rose Street and Bastian Street in Fort Kochi. It was a pleasant stay and since then, I have stayed at Vasco homestay on all my trips…

Grooving to nature’s tune at Periyar Tiger Reserve

Neither had I spoken to anybody nor anybody to me. We traveled in silence the entire night and reached Thekkady, early the next morning. I had seen a newspaper headline, ‘Two days nature camp at Thekkady,’ organized by Environment Conservation Group, Coimbatore and had enrolled myself for the study tour. On reaching Bamboo groove, an…

Stages of strenuous Kathakali make-up in pictures

Sadunam Mohan, I gathered, is a very patient man. He spread out colorful powders on thin papers in front of him and started applying the strokes carefully. “Everything used in Kathakali make-up is locally available. The white is made from rice flour, the black from soot, and the red from Vermilion. Other colors are made…

10 Things truly Kerala and 1 practical itinerary

Here is a list of 10 things that are unique to Kerala and an itinerary that will help you experience them on a shoestring: 1. Heritage home of Kerala – Built in the traditional style, called Nalukettu, these houses have four halls connected to a central courtyard. Many royal palaces and temples you see in different…

The Journey of true gelato, from Italy to Kochi

As I was leaving the homestay at Fort Kochi, I casually remarked to Julie, the homestay owner, about Milano, a shop that sells gelato on MG road. “Is it by the Italian couple?” asked Julie. I smiled and said yes taking in the fact that Milano is now gaining popularity among the ‘not-so-fond-of-Ice cream’ people…