One of the most common questions we receive is regarding vaccinations and/or medications to the Indian Subcontinent. Immunizations are not required to visit India. (Exception: If you are traveling from an area infected with Yellow Fever, you must have a certificate.) We do encourage all travelers to be current on routine immunizations. Sodha Travel also strongly recommends the Hepatitis A vaccine, where exposure occurs through contaminated food and water in developing countries.
Kerala, a region in Southwest India, is known for its extensive backwaters, pristine beaches, and lush hill stations. Travelers can visit a tea plantation, stay overnight on a houseboat, enjoy an Ayurvedic massage, or experience an elephant safari. The most visited areas in Kerala include Cochin, Alleppey, Kumarakom, Periyar, Thekkady, Munnar, and Kovalam. However, there are many lesser known treasures in this beautiful region, including eco home stays, waterfalls, and historical plantations. Here are a few of my favorites:
Our dear friend and Sodha Traveler, Collin Husic, recently completed a beautiful video for Sodha Travel: An Indian Experience. The video showcases photos and videos from the diverse regions in India, including Delhi, Darjeeling, Gujarat, Kerala, Leh, and Tamil Nadu. Many of the photos were provided by our clients, and we thank you for the contribution! Be sure to check it out:
Last week, there was a surprise event on the Oregon State University campus: A Bollywood flash mob dance, choreographed by Neha Neelwarne. In all, 75 dancers shed jackets to reveal bright orange shirts and joined in the synchronized moves to the title music from the Hindi film Salaam-E-Ishq. After the performance ended in the Memorial Union Quad, the dancers quietly drifted back into the crowd.