Kerala Blog Express – Looking back at the last week

The Kerala Blog Express trip wrapped up a few days ago and I’m now writing from Portugal, where I re-united with Romana and little Diego. The last leg of our Kerala road trip has seen us covering part of the districts of Thrissur, Wayanad, Calicut and Kochi. The highlights include having visited Kerala Kalamandalam, having eaten a real Kerala Sadya with my fingers (thanks Tarun for teaching me 🙂 ), having met and photographed an elderly tribal chief, having watched a Theyyam performance and a Kalaripayattu demonstration, and having been able to spend some time photographing the streets of Fort Cochin and Mattancherry.

This blog trip was so much fun – Bus travel certainly has its limitations, but it helped foster a strong sense of community within the group and we’re all bringing back home new friendship, strong bonds and great memories.

As I said the trip is now over, but my series of Kerala posts is not, so stay tuned if you want to know more about Kerala as a destination.

Kerala Kalamandalam, Cheruthuruthy, Thrissur District. Female dancers perform a traditional dance during a dance class. Kerala Kalamandalam is one of the most important art and culture academies in Kerala (and perhaps in the whole of India), and its mission is the preservation and the promotion of ancient forms of performing arts including Kathakali and Koodiyattam.
Kerala Kalamandalam, Cheruthuruthy, Thrissur District. Female dancers perform a traditional dance during a dance class. Kerala Kalamandalam is one of the most important art and culture academies in Kerala (and perhaps in the whole of India), and its mission is the preservation and the promotion of ancient forms of performing arts including Kathakali and Koodiyattam.
Kerala Kalamandalam, Cheruthuruthy, Thrissur District. Student practice during a percussion class.
Kerala Kalamandalam, Cheruthuruthy, Thrissur District. Student practice during a percussion class.
Kerala Kalamandalam, Cheruthuruthy, Thrissur District. Young boys look out of the window of their room at the Kalamandalam dorm.
Kerala Kalamandalam, Cheruthuruthy, Thrissur District. Young boys look out of the window of their room at the Kalamandalam dorm.
Kerala Kalamandalam, Cheruthuruthy, Thrissur District. Student practices Kathakali make up on a piece of pottery.
Kerala Kalamandalam, Cheruthuruthy, Thrissur District. Student practices Kathakali make up on a piece of pottery.
Wayanad district
Wayanad district
Wayanad district, truck driver at rest.
Wayanad district, truck driver at rest.
Wayanad district, women having chai.
Wayanad district, women having chai.
Wayanad district. Pottery village.
Wayanad district. Pottery village.
Wayanad district, the home of a tribal chief.
Wayanad district, the home of a tribal chief.
Wayanad district, Raman, a tribal chief, posing with his bow, which he used to hunt many years ago.
Wayanad district, Raman, a tribal chief, posing with his bow, which he used to hunt many years ago.
Wayanad district, Preparation before a Theyyam performance. Theyyam is an an ancient ritual form of worship, typical of Malabar (North Kerala).
Wayanad district, Preparation before a Theyyam performance. Theyyam is an an ancient ritual form of worship, typical of Malabar (North Kerala).
Wayanad district, Preparation before a Theyyam performance.
Wayanad district, Preparation before a Theyyam performance.
Wayanad district, Preparation before a Theyyam performance.
Wayanad district, Preparation before a Theyyam performance.
Wayanad district. Theyyam performance.
Wayanad district. Theyyam performance.
Calicut, Kalaripayattu demonstration. Kalaripayattu, or Kalari, is of the oldest martial arts in the world and it's typical of Kerala, South India.
Calicut, Kalaripayattu demonstration. Kalaripayattu, or Kalari, is of the oldest martial arts in the world and it’s typical of Kerala, South India.
Dhobi Khana, Kochi. A man washes some clothes.
Dhobi Khana, Kochi. A man washes some clothes.
Artisan in his workshop in Kochi's Jewtown.
Artisan in his workshop in Kochi’s Jewtown.
Artisans at work in their workshop in Kochi's Jewtown.
Artisans at work in their workshop in Kochi’s Jewtown.
A rickshaw driver at rest in Kochi.
A rickshaw driver at rest in Kochi.
A bus that is a "Gift of Allah", in Kochi.
A bus that is a “Gift of Allah”, in Kochi.
Men taking a rest near Kochi's waterfront.
Men taking a rest near Kochi’s waterfront.
Kochi's famous fishing nets at sunset.
Kochi’s famous fishing nets at sunset.

 

  • Beautiful captures, just love every single image….