Kerala Backwaters – Don’t Miss the Kayak Tour!

Kayaking on the backwaters of KeralaWhen exploring the backwaters of Kerala, India, renting a house boat is often the preferred activity.  These large floating boats can include every amenity you'd expect from home, and unfortunately come with the price tag to match.

We knew going into our backwater tour of Alleppey that the house boats would be far outside our budget.  Instead, we looked towards the more intimate tours on smaller boats that get into the narrow channels these floating houses could never dream of reaching.

Our mode of transportation for this journey? Kayaks. 

Armed with our paddles and a trusty guide, we began to explore the backwaters to see what life is truly like in this part of the world in a way not many visitors get to experience.

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Don’t Miss the Kolukkumalai Tea Plantation in Munnar

Gorgeous Tea in Munnar, IndiaThe Kolukkumalai Tea Estate outside of Munnar, India is the highest organic tea plantation in the world. 

With plants growing at elevations of over 8,000 feet, it should be no surprise when we say it is not the easiest of places to visit.

After a rather lackluster government run tour in Munnar the day before, we decided to hire a private Jeep to take us to this incredibly remote facility as the views were supposed to be some of the best. 

Even with the poorly run tour, we already knew that the region topped the Boh Tea Plantation in the Cameron Highlands, and going even higher for more beauty was something we couldn't begin to comprehend.

With blue skies above and none of Munnar's famous view-impeding mists in sight, our journey put us on the path to vistas we never thought possible.

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Loving Geometric Indian Patterns – A Massive Photo Collection

Geometric Indian PatternsOne of my favorite things about visiting the forts, palaces, and temples in India is discovering the geometric patterns that are found in every corner.   No matter where you go, these patterns appear and are a beautiful reminder of an age long since past.

The best part about these geometric patterns?  They all seem to be different!   It has been an exciting journey discovering these gems, and we went on a quest to take photos of some of the best.  Since we have dozens of these, we cannot help but share a large collection of our favorites here!

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Looking for a World Class Indian Beach? Try These Three!

In the past few months, I've been giving Angie the reigns in planning our destinations as I figured she'd have stronger feelings on the types of places we visited in Nepal and India.

After getting screwed on train tickets in Northern India, and overall really wanting an Indian beach for the holidays ever since we did the Everest Base Camp trek, we agreed that it was for the best to skip out on the rest of Rajasthan and fly down to Goa and the coastal beaches for Christmas and New Years.

For this task, Angie had been charged with finding the best.

After her research had concluded, she told me that she was taking us to beaches that were considered to be some of the best in the world.  Being a bit astonished by this claim myself, I went along with it in hopes that she was right.

“World class beaches” and “India” in the same sentence? Well, after our time traveling from Nepal to India and exploring the north quite a bit, that was a sight I'd have to see to believe.

And we did.

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