Day 1 (Monday 16th January) – Travelling After nearly a year of fundraising (during which I raised ¥4173, or about £485), it was finally time to leave! Arriving at school at 6:30 in the afternoon, we went to Pudong airport on the bus after saying goodbye. It was quite strange going through the airport without […]

January Robin Harris came to stay, so we took him to Harbin to see the ice festival – brrr! February Borobudur temple, Java a short stop in Bali March Thomas turned 13 years old & set Mum a cake challenge April Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) & surrounding villages May Thomas won first prize in a photography […]

We spent a day & night at a lovely working coconut farm on an island owned by the Kutty family for generations. We had a cooking demonstration from the owners – including dhal fry & a fish curry. From a canoe we watched the sun set behind the Chinese fishing nets. We then spent our […]

The drive from Cochin to the backwaters took us through a number of small villages. Lagoons, lakes, canals, estuaries and the deltas of 45 rivers make up the 900 kilometre backwater network of Kerala. The backwaters mainly cover the four districts of the state: Quilon, Alleppey, Kottayam and Cochin. The Vembanad Lake (second largest lake […]

New Year’s Day & we were up early to drive to Cochin (Kochi) a city, spread over a number of islands and promontories (the main ones being Ernakulam, Willingdon and Fort Cochin/Mattancherry) which are interlinked by a series of bridges and regular local ferry services. Situated at the meeting point of Lake Vembanad and the […]

It was a beautiful drive to Dewalokam, where we will spend New Year’s Eve on an ancestral farm of the Alilakuzhy family, an ancient Syrian Christian family of Kerala. It is in the spice belt of Kerala, nestled on the banks of the Kannadipuzha River. Coffee flower. Dewalokam is an organic farm, producing fish, meat, […]

Happy Christmas everyone. Today we enjoyed nature & strolled around Kamarajar Lake bird & animal spotting: & relaxed by the pool until the sun set behind the Western Ghats, before enjoying a special chicken curry – delicious – with absolutely no Brussels sprouts in sight! Our host was Dr Chris Lucas, a retired British physician, […]

Boxing Day Madurai is known as the ‘City of Nectar’ -legend has it that drops of nectar fell from coils of Shiva’s hair onto the city. The literary and cultural centre of Tamil Nadu in the 4th century AD, Greeks traded here in the 6th century BC and it was the capital of the Pandyan […]

On Christmas Eve, we started our day with a bicycle peacock trail at sunrise, before driving from Chettinad to Dindigul. Today, here is some blurb about Southern India: Southern India is largely defined by the coastal boundaries, and by the limit of the Deccan Plateau northward, generally following a line from Mumbai (Bombay) to Hyderabad. […]

We are staying in an excellent hotel – Visalam – a beautifully restored 1930s Chettiar mansion, built by a father for his daughter. Today we explored the small towns and villages of the Chettinadu region. Here is some blurb on Chettinadu: A stay here provides a fascinating insight into rural life in South India, as […]