On a recent trip to Kerala in southern India, I was taken by the people that we came into contact with on our travels. These photos are taken from visits to villages, from a road stop in the tea plantations, and during a visit to a grand timber palace.
All were keen to be photographed, unselfconsciously. And aren’t they all photogenic!
Their smiles make me smile.
Kerala is the south-west state of India. It is a lovely place to visit with its diverse scenery of tropical landscapes, hill stations and tea plantations, beautiful beaches, and an extensive network of waterways (lakes, rivers, canals).
Spending on social welfare has been a priority over a long period of time; hence, the standard of living in Kerala is among the highest in India. Literacy and life expectancy rates are high; birth and poverty rates are low (compared to other states). Kerala is considered to be the cleanest and healthiest state in India.
Major industries are spice exporting, fisheries, and tourism; Kerala also has a long tradition in ayurvedic medicine.