This Is India 2017 – Part Six

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February 20th-27th, Bangalore – Many cities within Kerala; Cochin, Thodupuzha, Munnar, Maniyamkavu, Puthenchira, Vellangallur, Kodungallur

This was my final week in India and what a week it was!  I decided to take some time just for myself during my trip and the time was in Cochin, Kerala at a beautiful hotel called Ramada Cochin Resort that had an amazing swimming pool I could just relax in and do nothing.  It was a busy but fun holiday so far and I find it’s always nice to take some time out along the way.  Things are very affordable in India compared to here and I was extremely happy about that!  This Is India.

So for the next 4 days, the main things I did at the hotel were, sleep, eat, swim, suntan, repeat….

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I also met a very nice young lady by the pool on my first day there who was also taking in the sunshine.  Her name is Emma and she’s from the UK.  We ended up spending the entire day at the pool together, chatting about our solo tours around India and she visited some really great places I would also like to see one day.  We had so much fun talking and getting along that we also had supper together and later that night, Emma had to fly back to the UK.  I was happy to have met her and now we are friends and keep in touch through Facebook.

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After 4 days of relaxation, it was time to move onto Thodupuzha to see my blogging friend KP again and his family who are extremely nice and full of hospitality!  They own a restaurant and hotel that makes a great dosa and lime juice drink you’ve never had!!!  KP’s entire family is so welcoming and they invited me, Rafat and Darshith to stay with them because we were all going to the next wedding together.  That is one house that is full of happiness!  😀 KP’s mom was very generous to let me borrow 2 of her saree’s to wear to the next wedding, it was such a lovely offer I felt very grateful and gladly accepted!  I was excited to wear them and show her my pictures later.  We all stayed up late talking until I could barely keep my eyes open then I had to go to bed while everyone else stayed up and played Scrabble!  I was so dead 😛

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The next day, KP, Darshith, Rafat and I had the day to visit an amazing place in Kerala called Munnar that is known for its tea plantations.  The scenery is just gorgeous and the temperature is cooler which felt great!  After awhile, +40 C is very draining, especially without a pool nearby!  KP drove us there and all over town while we stopped at random places and took many pictures of Munnar and each other!  We also took a boat ride which was fun and something different, I felt like a kid again and that’s never a bad thing.  We had a great day and then went back to KP’s family home to sleep again.

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After a great night’s sleep, it was time to wake up and go to the wedding of our blogging friend Nimitha.  It was a few hours drive and KP was up for driving again but that same day so was Rafat!  Halfway through the trip, KP and Rafat switched places and Rafat took the wheel with attitude and got us to the wedding!  We even made a live video during the drive and it was so fun and got many hits on Facebook.

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Day one of the wedding was in Maniyamkavu, Puthenchira and the Mehendi ceremony took place at night in a big auditorium.  The dress code was traditional Kerala saree for women and traditional Kerala Dhothis.  Rafat and I had some help from Nisha, Nimitha’s sister and her family to drape our sarees. It was really hot, even at night but we had so much fun wearing the sarees and taking several photos!  A cute young boy about 8 years old sitting beside me said he liked my saree and asked if he could get a selfie with me so I said: “of course!”  Before I knew it, a huge group of kids came over and asked if they could take their picture with me and before I knew it, everyone was taking selfies with me!  I had that celebrity feeling again and it was fun.  We all made our way to Nimitha and her family who were also very welcoming and extremely kind with us.  I met so many people at the wedding and once again, I was the only foreigner and in a saree!  The food was amazing and we all ate so much, the food in southern India is spicy compared to the north and yes, I love spicy food! ❤  Nimitha arranged for us to stay at a hotel that was close by and once again, I was the first one to sleep and the others stayed up all night partying!  It was so funny, my age was showing… 😉

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The next day was day two of the wedding and we had to be in Vellangallur, Kodungallur in the morning so we could see the Nikkah ceremony, then tying the knot.  I wore the second saree that day and a team of 5 young girls in Nimitha’s family put it on me, which was really fun to watch them!  We had a very beautiful lunch and I met Nimitha, her husband, and her entire family again who were so nice.  Being able to attend another wedding in India was a huge privilege for me and I was grateful again for meeting such kind people, eating such wonderful food and learning so much about the India cultures.

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That night, our adventure was ending, Darshith and Rafat had to go home by bus, I went back to the hotel and KP went back to his home.  We all said an emotional goodbye and went on our way.  Thank you so much to you and your entire family KP for treating me like one of your own and touring all of us around Kerala.  Your house and everyone in it gives off a powerful happy vibe that lasts forever.  Darshith, it was so good to see you 3 weekends in a row during my trip, I am very grateful.  Miss Rafat (Sana), you are such a beautiful soul, it was great seeing you at both weddings, getting to know you more, chatting about life and everything about it.  Nimitha, thank you for inviting me to your beautiful wedding, it was so good to meet you, your friends and family.  I hope you can all make it to Canada one day soon so I can show you around here too.  And bring Miss Rupali too 😉 I miss you guys! ❤

I had to get a good night’s sleep because the next day I was going back to Mumbai to catch my flight home to Canada.  I couldn’t believe how fast my trip went but I also couldn’t believe how much love I received along the way which felt great for me after everything I have been through.  At the same time, I was looking forward to seeing and hugging my kids again and showing all the gifts I bought.  Even though we talked and laughed each day online, it was going to be great to see them again soon.

Stay tuned for the final chapter…

Much Love ❤

Jen

 

 

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31 thoughts on “This Is India 2017 – Part Six

  1. Well what a wonderful fun time you had with so many friends! Love dosa and your tea plantation picture brought back many memories of HP where I lived. Saw a magnificent white tiger near my room in the fields twice! Just below the snow line he was wandering while the tea pickers were close to his den, and me without a camera!

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      • Not scary at all … he hid as soon as I spotted him, like he sensed me. He was so sleek and magnificent that I don’t think I would have believed it except that my neighbour spotted him too.

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      • In the wild they are the masters, the real kings … nobody could question that. Yet I also saw a few weakly leopards, was wondering why they looked so poorly? This tiger was huge healthy and beautiful, so a nice contrast!

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    • OMG Kate! You are so lucky to have seen a white tiger in the wild like that 🙂 That’s funny you mention without your camera, those moments have slipped by me as well at times…haha! Thank you for liking my blog and the pics in it. We took so many it was hard to pick, that’s why it took me so long to post this blog 😛

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      • Meaning I didn’t own a camera then but it did motivate me to buy one soon after!
        Yes I bet you have a big album of photos both of India and all your good friends there. Sounds like you coped with that royalty treatment given the only foreigner better than I ever did, well done.

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      • Haha yeah thanks Kate it was fun being taken care of all the time. People were really nice to me and even though it was a lot at times I just went with the flow and had fun! 😀😀

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  2. Thank you Jennifer for sharing your amazing experiences of love, food and friends in India. As a single female traveler and photographer I fell in love with India about a year ago and can’t wait to go back. What are your future travel plans? Be well. Cornelia

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    • Thank you so much Cornelia I’m so happy we share the same love for such an amazing place 😍😍 I tried to reach your blog several times but it says it no longer exists. I’m sure this is a mistake. Could you please send me your link? I would love to read your blog too. 😊

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  3. Wedding, Sari and blogger friends! Highlights of your India journey? I really like your preference to meet blogger friends when you’re in their town. Not many blogger do that. While some do seek information, bit not everyone is warm enough to meet. India from a western perspective is cheap. Even though hotel tariffs are expensive here in comparison to the similar category hotels in South East Asia. Its nice that you also took good time off for relaxing. Still many places in India to visit. Enjoyed reading your India post series, Jennifer. 🙂

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    • Thanks so much for reading Arv and for your comments 🙂 I think one of the greatest pleasures about traveling is meeting friends and making friends. I will have to make it to Jaipur next time for sure 🙂 One more post to go with this series…

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      • well said! Friends make all the difference Jennifer! With so many things to see and do in Jaipur, I’m sure you’ll love the city. 🙂
        A suggestion here- Do provide a link to all the bloggers whom you have mentioned in your post.This will surely spread, happiness and more connections!
        Awaiting for the next post, Jennifer.

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  4. And you made me relive those days again Jenny.. Wonderful post.. I m missing February already!! Love you loads for coming to my wedding, even we didn’t get enough time to talk.. Will make it soon!! Love you!! ❤️

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  5. Each wedding you attended was beautiful, charming, glorious and warm in their own way, Jen. Everything you experienced in Kerala is definitely memorable! This Is India 2017 was another unforgettable journey for you! ❤ Happy Married Life, Nimi akka! ❤

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    • Thank you so much Deepika! ❤ I had a great time with everyone in Kerala 🙂 I have memories of a lifetime! Thank you for reading my saga and the next one is the last one 😉 Hope you're doing great my friend!! ❤

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