Description of a road trip in Kerala, south India » “First stop, the idyllic Periyar River Lodge and then up early the following day for guided tour at Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary. On to the hill station of Munnar, staying at the beautiful Windermere Estate. A spectacular route then took us to the Wildlife Sanctuary at Kumily, where vistas were reminiscent of Jurassic Park. Down to the coast and the Arabian Sea at Varkarla, staying at the chilled-out Villa Jacaranda, eating fresh fish at beachside restaurants, while watching the twinkling lights of fishing boats out to sea. At the Alleppey backwaters, we paddled quietly past families at work or play, spotting abundant birdlife on the way. Our final stop was the city of Kochi. Just by chance the biennale festival of art was on – an unexpected bonus to end our memorable road trip. via The Guardian
India is the second-most populous country in the world after China.
Embrace the differences and the challenges. Go with the flow. Don’t expect everything to happen on time or as quickly as it might back home.
Respect the culture, and you may be treated like a dear friend and a close relative.
Rooted in Hinduism, the Caste system’s hierarchical division are still prevalent throughout India, but especially in rural areas, despite discrimination now being against the law.
Women may prefer to dress conservatively to avoid harassment, unwanted physical contact, or other attention.
Unwanted physical contact and sexual assaults against women is common.
India is tackling large social, economic, and environmental problems.
With its mass chaos of people, noise, beggars, litter, and visible poverty, India is a shock for most Westerners on their first visit. Given time, the overwhelming sights, sounds, and smells eventually becomes enthralling.
The weather in India ranges from snowfalls in the high mountainous regions to humid, tropical conditions on the coast. It’s warm throughout the year, with temperatures rising to between 32°C and 40°C (90°F and 104°F) during the summer months from April to July. From December to March, the temperature dips to around 25°C (77°F). The monsoon season of heavy rains sweeps the country between June and September.
Safety and Security
It is generally accepted that travellers need to exercise a higher degree of caution in Jammu and Kashmir.