Southern comfort.

August 11, 2009 at 1:38 PM Leave a comment

Our next leg of the vacation was in Kerala, the state on the southwestern tip of India, where my mom grew up.  South India is very different from the north; the food, the people, and the languages are all a different experience.  We spent the first night in a hotel in Cochin after that long day of travel from Assam.  The next morning we did a little shopping in town and then headed up the mountain to Peermade.

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Being at my grandparents’ house in the cool mountains of Kerala is one of my favorite parts of any visit to India.  Jay has also come to enjoy the leisurely walks around the grounds and then feasting on Ammachi’s delicious food.  Peermade is all about food and relaxing – what else do you need for a great vacation?

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One downer of this part of the vacation was that we had to part ways with my mom and sister the day after we arrived.  Laylah’s fever continued, so they headed back to a larger town where there was a good hospital.  The diagnosis the next day was dengue fever, which meant they wouldn’t be able to join us for the next week until Laylah was well enough to travel again.  The rest of the extended family (grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins) drove down to my aunt’s house in Alleppey, but first we stopped at my grandfather’s ancestral home for lunch.  The house had recently been renovated, so this was our chance to see the changes.  Jay won major brownie points for wearing a traditional Kerala mundu (sarong) for the occasion!

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That evening we all stayed at my aunt Rani’s house and prepared for the next part of our Indian adventure: an overnight train ride up the Arabian Sea coast to Goa.  We boarded the train at 1 PM and only arrived in Goa at 8 the next morning.  While it was fun to be able to travel with my extended family, this was probably the most challenging part of the vacation for Jay and me because Meena wasn’t too thrilled about spending 19 hours confined to a train car.

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Entry filed under: Family, Meena, Travel.

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