Wow—so that’s it, we’ve just survived 3 months backpacking around South India with our 2 pre-schoolers, and relatively unscathed. Before coming here, some people voiced their concerns about travelling to India with young children--one person even went so far as to say that India, as a destination, is only interesting for adults and that choosing to come here with children is selfish.
Oct 25, 2011
Oct 20, 2011
What makes a destination ‘tourist friendly’ usually comes down to the historic, cultural, religious and/or natural sights it has to offer. The city of Mysore, 3hrs south of Bangalore in southern Karnataka state satisfies all of the above. Yet in the 5 days that we spent there, we only saw a handful of its must-see attractions. Instead, we were too busy having fun with the many ‘family-friendly’ activities that we discovered!
Oct 15, 2011
Our third last destination in India was Hampi, in the state of Karnataka. Initially it wasn’t on our ‘to see’ list, but after hearing so many people rave about its beauty, we decided to pay Hampi a visit. As usual, there were many facets to the place, starting with its surreal landscape, then its current state, then ending with our impressions.
|The River Tungabhadra, looking towards Hampi Bazaar area|
Oct 12, 2011
|Immaculate Conception Church, Panjim (Goa)|
Oct 9, 2011
Once again, we reluctantly left a place we loved, in this case Palolem, in the name of adventure--to see what else is out there. We had heard that Arambol located in the infamous northern beaches of Goa, was the more laid-back choice. But after a very arduous and sweaty journey to get there, we wondered, ‘What had we done?!’
Oct 7, 2011
As travellers/tourists, we generally avoid places that have a reputation as a ‘party place’—we’re simply way past that point in our lives. That, together with a general ‘over-hyped’ feeling that we had about the state of Goa as well as the incredible time that we just had in Gokarna, we were a bit wary about what we would find once we got here. But at the same time, we couldn’t help but be a little bit curious as to what all the fuss was about.
Oct 2, 2011
|Kudle Beach, Gokarna|
After nearly 2 months in India, we are finally covering some ground. We have now visited 2 states and have just entered our 3rd—Karnataka. The village of Gokarna is located halfway up its western coast on the Arabian Sea; Jim had fond memories of visiting here over 15yrs ago. We headed here with the hope of finding a quiet beach and a nice place to stay and once again, we got an experience completely beyond our expectations.