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2023 - The Year That Was

Places impact you for a variety of reasons. And the same place impacts different people in different ways. This is especially true when it comes to spiritual experiences, where every single person’s experience is unique. And personally, every spiritual experience is unique, the same person can have different deeply spiritual experiences at different places, at different times. This thought has emerged because of my own experiences over the years, but especially so this year, with different and unique experiences at various places I have visited recently. I began this year with a visit to Baroda (Vadodara) with friends. It was meant to be a relaxed trip, a touristy trip, with our sons. We enjoyed ourselves to the hilt, but the highlight of that trip was a visit to the Lakulisha temple at Pavagadh. It was the iconography of the temple that I connected with, and I spent a few hours simply lost in the details of the figures carved around the temple. There was an indefinable connect with

Poovar Part 2 - A Backwater Cruise

The most interesting activities offered by the Poovar Island Resort are the variety of backwater cruises in a fishing boat. The day can begin with an hour long bird watching cruise, followed by a 2 hour island cruise in the evening and the night can be brought in by the sunset cruise. Of course, each of these cruises have their own attractions, but when we were there, it was the wrong season for bird watching (the summer sees very few birds – the best is winter), and clouds had already started arriving, heralding the monsoon and darkening the skies, so the sunset cruise was out too. However, we made the most of the island cruise. Join me in reliving the wonderful experience………..

Seeting off on our journey, with a prayer to the Lord.... A shrine errected on the beach after the Tsunami that wreaked havoc....



Fishing Boats....

And the fishing village....



The sparkling waters....

And the roaring waves dashing against the beach....



Fat, orange, juicy Pineapples - or so we thought - these are river pineapples, and apparently are deadly poison!!!!


A view of the village connected by a bridge recently...


Entering the backwaters..


A Cormorant sits on a palm tree and surveys his area...


A Brahminy Kite ..... wondering who are we, the interlopers....


A Purple Heron..


I was captivated by the sight of the backwaters and the reflection of the trees in the water....






This chap manages a brisk business simply selling seafod (mostly caught fresh) to those who come for the cruise.....


Ducks (or are they Geese??)






Our boatman - a local fisherman


We just passed under that small bridge behind us.....




The trees make way for the marshes as we move up the backwaters...







Juicy mangoes.....sorry.... river mangoes again.... poisonous... makes me wonder why such a lush, green area should yeild so much poison? Does it have something to do with mother nature keeping us greedy people away from her?????

And here's another bridge..



A natural archway..


A Kingfisher sitting in peace.....



Entering nature's tunnel..

And coming out of it.........


What a difference between one part of the backwaters and another, just a few metres apart!!!!


Little Cormorants..





Another dark and narrow passage along the backwaters....


Light at the end of the tunnel.....

and finally, out of the tunnel....



There's a bird in there... wonder what it is....


The sun begins to set...




The setting sun shows up the silhouttes...

More birds - A Darter (Snake bird) and cormorant....




Back again.... and Samhith does not want to get off!!!!

Neither do we, for that matter, but then, that is why we are adults and he is a child...

Kerala has some amazing backwaters and, to promote them, Kerala Tourism has come up with the Kerala Great Backwaters Campaign. Check it out and go explore!!


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  1. Rowing the boat with a pole reminds me of punting at oxford-

    http://www.gonomad.com/traveltalesfromindia/2009/05/i-finally-managed-to-go-punting-at.html

    Water gives such a charm to the place! Lovely pictures.

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