The soul of kerala sex

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I ate a medley of 17 different foods spread across a large banana leaf (easily rivalling the meals I’d enjoyed in Kochi) before climbing aboard a canoe and heading down the narrow backwaters.For an hour, as the sun was beginning to set, we passed swollen paddy fields, colourful houses and squealing children, occasionally taking photos but mostly just soaking it all in.I opted for hummus and fresh garlic toast, a watermelon and feta salad plus ginger lemonades and it was as delicious as it was Instagrammable…hey, it was day one, I needed to be weaned off my social media feeds slowly.We didn’t stay in the excellent Xandari Harbour hotel in Fort Kochi for long but, had we stayed a while, I’d have made a beeline for the other places Kochi locals frequent: the Ginger House Restaurant, which overlooks the water, or Mocha Cafe, an ideal spot for a quick coffee whilst exploring the surrounding shops.After two days in Kochin, we headed for the Alleppey Backwaters and boarded a Xandari Riverscapes houseboat.

The weather, though hot, was far more manageable than I had expected, wavering from the low to mid 30s for the duration of our trip.In less than 24 hours, I’d found an unexpected way to detox from normal life, which was to simply be around the Keralite people.They are truly one of the friendliest groups of people I’ve met, with easy smiles and total engagement in conversation.Those working at the centuries-old Chinese Fishing Nets (well worth a stroll past), the outdoor markets, the narrow shops and the eateries were all equally as open to smiling, as they were a chat.Unlike London, where a smile from a stranger may have you wondering what you’ve got on your face, in Kerala it seemed to simply mean ‘hey’. Something else that put a smile on my face was the shopping.

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