Explore the Lakshadweep Islands – camping on your own desert island

I never had the Robinson Crusoe fantasy, until I laid eyes on Thinnakara, a tiny coral island in the Lakshadweep islands, 200 kms off the Keralan coast. The Lakshadweep islands are the Maldives without the intensive tourism.  They form the northern tip of the same chain of coral islands and atolls and were known as…

How to uncover Cochin’s secrets (and shop where Prince Charles did)

Cochin is fascinating, if you have time to do more than scratch the surface. Intriguing stories hide behind every door, in overgrown graveyards and Hindu temples, old lighthouses that are now hotels, fishermen’s shacks and tiny art galleries. Sitting in the garden of a hotel way over my budget (some fresh grilled fish in the…

Kanyakumari, the southern tip of India

India is not an easy place to get a grasp on in a few days. From the crowded southermost tip at Kanyakumari to the relatively chilled-out streets of Fort Cochin, it’s a puzzle and not a place I find easy to write about. And if the south is supposedly India’s laidback cousin, I can’t even…

10 Kerala photos to tide you over

It’s nearly two months since I came back from Kerala, and I haven’t written anything about it. Well, that’s not strictly true. I’ve started a couple of drafts, I’ve though about the places I’d like to share, but somehow it’s just not flowing…yet. So, in the meantime, I’m sharing ten of my favourite Kerala photos…

Kerala-bound

Image source: Amit Rawat- Flickr Creative Commons It’s not been the easiest year. Travel is an escape, although not one that everyone can afford. Right now I need that change of scenery. It’s been a dark, dreary November without much sunlight (although we’re doing better than Stockholm with only 1.8 hrs!). Light, colour and warmth…

Mumbai morning

Taken at the Gateway of India, Mumbai, September 2011