Our favourite places in India – Keralan Backwaters

By Debbie Kindness | April 10, 2013

The Kerala backwaters are a chain of brackish lagoons and lakes lying parallel to the Arabian Sea coast. Five large lakes are linked by canals, both manmade and natural, fed by 38 rivers, and extend virtually half the length of Kerala state, forming more than 900km of waterways. The backwaters were formed by the action of waves and shore currents

Our favourite places in India – Cochin

By Debbie Kindness | April 6, 2013

Cochin, in the southern state of Kerala came into prominence after a particularly heavy monsoon in 1341 changed the course of the Periyar River creating the Cochin Harbour. A very safe harbour, even during the annual Monsoon, Cochin abounds with fishing fleets. There is also a large container terminal and many international cruise liners dock at Cochin for a few