Travel: Trailing the coconut coast

(From Deccan Herald)

This is ethnic chic at its best — large metal bowls filled with bright red flowers, Yaalis, Ganeshas adorned with flowers below gargantuan banyan trees, stone lanterns, vibrant Kerala murals with their natural dyes in orange and ochre depicting myths and legends livening up walls, fountains that look like lingams, heavy wooden doors carved with intricate details and large plantation chairs to watch the sea.

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The salty tang of the sea is in the air, as I walk through the green lawns, looking at honey-coloured pristine stretches of beaches framed by coconut palms, polished dark wooden cottages, stunning stone yoga pavilions between two bays and a view of a church and two domes of mosques in the distance… I have driven here from Trivandrum, Kerala, and am near the coastal hamlet of Pulinkudi.

My resort is dotted with typical teak wood low slung Kerala houses called tharavadu with wooden pillars, terracotta roofs and tiled floors built from recycled wood from transplanted Kerala homes. Long ago, this was the winter home of a German professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. Today, his original house called the Octagon House still lives on in the property dotted with coconut, jackfruit and banana groves. Read More



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