I’ve now finished my world tour and am back in the UK. It’s fabulous to see my family and friends again even if adjusting to the English winter is a bit of a challenge . . . thank you so much to everyone for reading the blog and for all your comments, it’s meant a lot to know that you’ve been following all my adventures! See you all soon xx
I’m writing this from Kochi, a rather gorgeous port looking out towards the Arabian Sea. There’s a tiny beach, a seaside promenade and lots of nice cafes – just my kind of place!
Kochi is near to the region’s famous backwaters, a network of waterways connecting the tiny villages that make up inland Kerala. Travelling by punt along the little remote canals was a completely wonderful experience – drifting under rows of coconut palms, spotting kingfishers and wild peppercorns on the canal banks.
Wayanad wasn’t on my original Kerala itinerary, but I decided to travel there from Tiruvannamalai after getting an invite from another of the houses run by the Grace & Compassion sisters. And I’m so glad I did, as it’s definitely up there on the list of “most beautiful places I have ever visited” (jostling with Norway and Ladakh for the top spot). The landscape is extravagantly, improbably green and covered with foliage – even the main roads look like a botanical garden:
The landscape is dotted with tea plantations, rice paddies and waterfalls:
Quite simply a magical place.