|Top: Zara (old). Shorts: River Island (old). Sandals: Solillas. Bracelets: Astley Clarke (buy some in the sale here) and Daisy Jewellery. Rings: Pandora|
Our trip started in Cochin, then Varkala, up to Marari beach near Alleppey (and the Backwaters) and then up to Mumbai for the last few days. I am definitely more of a city person, and it definitely took me a while to completely relax (and Kerala's laid-back attitude, at least 1.5 wait for any food etc, didn't do much to help with a Londoner's anxiety). But the fresh food, the people and the lack of a 'to do' list grew on me.
India is a relatively cheap holiday, most meals in Varkala including alcohol came to £5 per person and accommodation can be as cheap as £20-£30 a night for basic (but clean) rooms. Although I must admit I was craving a few home comforts by the end of the trip.
As beautiful as Varkala was, we found it quite touristy. It must have changed in the last few years as I had been recommended it by so many people. We much preferred Marari where we stayed 4 nights in a Homestay looked after my a local family for £20 a night - they cooked us meals every night, sat with us for dinner and organised our houseboat and canoe along the backwater (I would recommend the canoe trip, rather than the houseboat though, which again is a little touristy) - such a wonderful experience.
|Top: Kirei Clothing. Shorts: And Other Stories (old). Sandals: Solillas|
|Hat: Melissa Odabash. Swimsuit: Asceno. Sunglasses: Ray-Ban via Vestiaire Collective. Shorts: River Island (old). Sandals: Solillas. Towel: Sluiz Ibiza.|
|Hat: Melissa Odabash. Dress: H&M (old). Sandals: Solillas. Bag: The Jacksons London|
Whilst I was away I teamed up with one of my favourite sandals brand, Solillas, to bring you better photos from our trip.