Snapshots of Kerala

Chinese fishing nets in Kerala

Any hotelier will tell you that it’s a real joy for owners and staff alike when guests return for a second visit. It’s a great compliment to us about the service we try to provide for you. It’s also a great confidence vote for Kerala.

A group of return guests from London told us about their most memorable ‘snapshots’ of Kerala. We thought – and we hope – that this might help you make your decision about a Kerala holiday this year.

1. Raheem Residency.

We’re biased. Enough said!

2. The Backwaters.

‘Going on a houseboat on the backwaters around Alleppey is the most relaxing experience. The scenery is beautiful. The swaying palms and the gentle movement of the houseboat gliding through the waters takes you into another zone. And getting a glimpse of the normal life of villagers as you move past them gives you a real insight into local life. So for anybody who wants a bit more out of India than a touristy holiday here’s a real chance to go below the surface.’

3. Indian Food Kerala-style.

‘It’s so different to the Indian food we get at home. It just tastes so much fresher and the combination of flavours is much richer. We loved the seafood in particular and it comes in so many different guises – the creamy Korma, the spicier Curry and the Masala fish dish. We love the Masala Chai and Iced Coffee with cinnamon. And the Kingfisher beer goes down a treat too!’

4. Chinese Fishing Nets.

‘There’s something so exotic about these nets in Fort Cochin. And even though they perform the real job of catching fish you get a sense of India’s history and connection with China in years gone by. Exotic. Romantic. There’s a photo of them in every tourist’s mobile phone.’

5. Greenery.

‘Touching down at Cochin airport your first impression of Kerala is the swaying green palms beneath your window. Although we think they’re ruining the view when you leave the airport with the huge billboards along the roadside advertising this and that. They’re massive and they block out the lovely greenery. But for more greenery still there’s the tea plantations in Munnar – acres and acres of green fields and it’s such a kick to actually see our morning cuppa growing!’

Spot the lady in Munnar's tea plantation