Kerala Blog Express – The road trip continues

So much has happened since my last post that I don’t know where to start. We’ve been moving pretty fast and on a tight schedule – jumping on the bus in the morning (often rather early), travelling a few hours, stopping by to see a sight or a resort, jumping on the bus again, stopping to see more stuff, and so on.

Every evening we check-in at a new hotel and take our room, have dinner, a post-dinner chat or a beer when possible, and then (Wi-Fi permitting) some of us blog, skype with their families, catch up with their emails or read the news before going to sleep. Some times we all sleep in the same hotel, but most of the times we are divided into two groups whereby each group sleeps at a different hotel.

In this situation finding time and energy to pursue photo opportunities the way I’m used to becomes a bit of a challenge. But I can’t complain at all. I see where the guys at Kerala Tourism are coming from: they’re basically making their best efforts to show us as much as they can – and with a group of people with such a diverse range of interests it’s practically impossible to make everyone happy. It’s up to us to make the most out of the experience.

Ultimately we’re all learning something and I’m very much grateful to have been given the opportunity to take part in this initiative. 

And now, some of the pictures I shot in these last few days.

Kollam Beach, Fishermen at work
Kollam Beach, Fishermen at work
Kollam Beach, Fishermen at work
Kollam Beach, Fishermen at work
Kollam Beach, Fishermen at work
Kollam Beach, Fishermen at work
Fishing activity on lake Vembanad, in Kumarakom. Lake Vembanad is the largest component of the backwaters and the longest lake in India. It ranges from Allepey to Kochi's port, spanning several districts.
Fishing activity on lake Vembanad, in Kumarakom. Lake Vembanad is the largest component of the backwaters and the longest lake in India. It ranges from Allepey to Kochi’s port, spanning several districts.
Fishing activity on lake Vembanad, in Kumarakom. Lake Vembanad is the largest component of the backwaters and the longest lake in India. It ranges from Allepey to Kochi's port, spanning several districts.
Fishing activity on lake Vembanad, in Kumarakom. Lake Vembanad is the largest component of the backwaters and the longest lake in India. It ranges from Allepey to Kochi’s port, spanning several districts.
Fishing activity on lake Vembanad, in Kumarakom. Lake Vembanad is the largest component of the backwaters and the longest lake in India. It ranges from Allepey to Kochi's port, spanning several districts.
Fishing activity on lake Vembanad, in Kumarakom. Lake Vembanad is the largest component of the backwaters and the longest lake in India. It ranges from Allepey to Kochi’s port, spanning several districts.
Fishing activity on lake Vembanad, in Kumarakom. Lake Vembanad is the largest component of the backwaters and the longest lake in India. It ranges from Allepey to Kochi's port, spanning several districts.
Fishing activity on lake Vembanad, in Kumarakom. Lake Vembanad is the largest component of the backwaters and the longest lake in India. It ranges from Allepey to Kochi’s port, spanning several districts.
Being welcomed by a family living in a village in the backwaters near Kumarakom.
Being welcomed by a family living in a village in the backwaters near Kumarakom.
A typical backwater houseboat. Houseboats are a popular accommodation for tourist visiting the backwaters.
A typical backwater houseboat. Houseboats are a popular accommodation for tourist visiting the backwaters.
Houseboats cruising the backwaters.
Houseboats cruising the backwaters.
A Christian man in his tea shop in Thekkady. In Kerala all the major religions are represented, including Christianism (and it's many denominations), Islam, Hinduism and Judaism.
A Christian man in his tea shop in Thekkady. In Kerala all the major religions are represented, including Christianism (and it’s many denominations), Islam, Hinduism and Judaism.
Two taxi drivers at a taxi station in Thekkady.
Two taxi drivers at a taxi station in Thekkady.
A spice shop in Thekkady. Thekkady is billed as the best place to buy spices in Kerala.
A spice shop in Thekkady. Thekkady is billed as the best place to buy spices in Kerala.
A street laundry man ironing a shirt in Thekkady.
A street laundry man ironing a shirt in Thekkady.
Thekkady - A street laundry man blowing coal dust out of his coal iron.
Thekkady – A street laundry man blowing coal dust out of his coal iron.
A street laundry man ironing a shirt in Thekkady.
A street laundry man ironing a shirt in Thekkady.
Wild elephants in the Periyar Tiger Reserve.
Wild elephants in the Periyar Tiger Reserve.
Boats at rest in the Periyar Tiger Reserve.
Boats at rest in the Periyar Tiger Reserve.
The Kerala Blog Express takes a break on the way to Munnar, among tea plantations.
The Kerala Blog Express takes a break on the way to Munnar, among tea plantations.
Tea workers in a tea plantations on the way to Munnar.
Tea workers in a tea plantations on the way to Munnar.
A tea worker in a tea plantation on the way to Munnar.
A tea worker in a tea plantation on the way to Munnar.
Tea workers making their way back home after a working day on the Kanan Devan hills in the outskirts of Munnar.
Tea workers making their way back home after a working day on the Kanan Devan hills in the outskirts of Munnar.
Tea plantations on the Kanan Devan Hills in the outskirts of Munnar.
Tea plantations on the Kanan Devan Hills in the outskirts of Munnar.
  • Wow! Fantastic shots, Emanuele!

  • Fantastic pictures, Emmanuele! One of the best I’ve seen on this trip. Good job.

    • Thank you Daniel! I really appreciate it

  • Fantastic shots…. when did you clicked them in all the hustle and bustle…. 🙂

    • I don’t even know myself how I did 🙂

  • Amazing photos, as usual! I adored Kerala – it has such a different vibe to the rest of the country. Much more relaxed. Wish I’d made it up to the hill station though, the tea plantations look amazing!

    • Hey Megan! It was my second time up in Munnar, and I can assure you the place hasn’t lost any of its charm. If you happen to travel to Kerala again, don’t miss it!

  • These are really nice photos.

  • Awesome shots!

  • Inspiring to travel there!! Looking forward to the next series 🙂

    • Thank you Ivana, I hope Lanta is treating you guys well!

  • Kerala is my favourite place in the world – bar none. Your photos make me remember what an incredible time I had, and they also make me want to return!

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