Kochi Contrasts

The old fort area of Kochi, the former Cochin, remains a peaceful enclave of tourist sites, hotels, and the remains of the traditional way of life.  The military are based… Read more »

Kerala Backwaters

It is early morning, 6:30 am, on a backwater inlet in Kerala and I am sitting on the prow of our houseboat, listening to Sanskrit chanting from a Hindu temple… Read more »

Madurai in Color

On the way to Madurai, during the days leading up to the Pongal harvest festival, the signs are beginning to appear everywhere.   We saw a cow in a village… Read more »

Chettinad Time

I told my group this morning as we left for the Chettinad Region in Tamil Nadu that they will find many people who have toured India but very few who… Read more »

In the Temple Heartland

The road inland from Tranquebar takes us to the great temples of the Chola dynasty, in full strength from 800-1200 AD,` past agricultural lands filled with the green of newly… Read more »

Down the Coast to Tranquebar

There could hardly be a more out of context experience than visiting the Matri Mandir at Auroville, the intentional community established by the spiritual head of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram… Read more »

Agra in the Clouds

We rumble down the express highway to Agra in our tourist  bus through impenetrable fog.   Fortunately, there is now a divided highway and the risk is no longer of… Read more »

A Day in Delhi

Exhausted from their recent arrival into India but eager to begin exploring this new world, our group of 7 (two remain back to catch up on some sleep) dive into… Read more »