The serene backwaters of Kerala are now a distant memory for me, though every time I look at these images I’m taken back to India and wishing I could be there steering into the warm still air. There’s something very mesmerising about the backwaters. There is a state of calm and tranquility as the landscapes blend and reflect into the water, locals bathe and wash in the abundance of water surrounding them, children ride their bikes (which seems for miles) to get to school and farmers walk the rice paddy fields. Anyone who’s researched about visiting Kerala will know that the backwaters is a mandatory stop on the itinerary and I was not going to miss the chance to see these stunning landscapes. Travelling on your own has its disadvantages and I was about to experience it first hand when I went to book a house boat tour in Alleppey. My only option to experience a night on the backwaters was to book an entire house boat to myself. Surely there must be other people …
After three days in Chennai I retreated south to Puducherry in Tamil Nadu before looping back round to Bengaluru where I was due to meet a friend. I loved this part of Tamil Nadu. I wandered for hours up and down the streets of the French Quarter in Puducherry admiring its tranquility and beauty. I was in awe of the grandness of the Matrimandir in Auroville and enjoyed the organic food and products on offer. And even though the car journey from Puducherry to Bengaluru was a long day, it was nice to sit back and enjoy the scenery surrounding me. Images shot on a Fujifilm XT100
My first three days in India were spent in the city of Chennai in Tamil Nadu. Thanks to a friend in New Zealand, I had a taxi driver organised to drive me around for my first week. It was a relief not having to worry about transport while I started to adjust to my new surroundings and how things work in India. It took me six visits to Airtel over three days to get a mobile number up and running, there were constant stares, no foreigners in sight and I was often being stopped in the street, it was overwhelming. But after three days I started to get my confidence on how things operated and I began to relax and enjoy the sites. Here are my favourite pictures from those first few days.
Bangkok, you always leave me wanting more. Snapshots from a great couple of days spent in one of my favourite cities in the world.
Here are some of my favourite snaps from my time in the Gulf of Thailand. It was three weeks of pure indulgence.