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Journey Two / Chapter 15

Kerala

October 2016

Going through the old naval fortress of Kochi and the backwaters of Kerala. Another very peculiar Indian state - Kerala is the only one with communistic government, which seems to be working very well when compared to other surrounding states.

Kerala, a state in Southern India is known as a tropical paradise of waving palms and wide sandy beaches. It is a narrow strip of coastal territory that slopes down the Western Ghats in a cascade of lush green vegetation, and reaches to the Arabian sea. It is also known for its backwaters, mountains, coconuts, spices and art forms like Kathakali and Mohini Attam. It is the most literate state in India, and a land of diverse religions, where you can find Hindu temples, mosques, churches, and even synagogues.

A city born in storm, nurtured in rivalry and established as battling ground for European empires. This phrase makes prefect understanding of Kochi which was formed as an ancient port city. Kochi has a cosmopolitian culture, highly influenced by historical trading partners, Portuguese, Dutch, Arab, Chinese, and Japanese. Kochi is the seat of the Latin church of Kerala and has many Catholic churches and followers. It is also home of Kathakali, traditional art form combining dance, theatre, music and colorful elaborate make-ups.

Backwaters of Kerala begin just south of Kochi and form a network of 1500 km of canals both manmade and natural, 38 rivers and 5 big lakes extending from one end of Kerala to the other.