Secluded beaches, kayaking into the sunset, fresh fruit and juice stands on every corner, and tall, handsome men, I am talking about India! The south of India is a place undiscovered by the bus loads of tourists and is my first choice to come to for ‘off the beaten path’ travel.
In the south of India, in a state called Tamil Nadu, I was able to find my true love, not my future husband, but my love of stand up paddle boarding. In a little fishing village called ‘Rameshwaram’ there is a kite surfing school located steps from the ocean, that some call their second home.
How to get there?
My personal journey to India was flying from LAX to Dubai, overnighting in Dubai then flying into Delhi. After spending a few days in the north I flew Delhi to Mumbai, overnight in Mumbai then took the non-stop 3 hour flight into Madurai airport. This made the journey a lot easier.
- Fly into Chennai International Airport and drive by car approx. 9 hours, and 16 hours by bus.
- Fly into Madurai International Airport and drive by car approx. 3 hours, and bus approx. 4 hours.
What to do?
- Play – You can learn to kite surf here, the waves are great and the school gets students from all over the world wanting to learn. I personally chose to kayak and stand up paddle board. When the water is calm this is also a great place for SUP yoga which is my #1 all time favorite activity.
- Eat – The food in the south is very different from the north. The food is not spicy (unless you want it to be) and there is fresh seafood. Fisherman sell their local catch of the day on the beach every morning! There are fresh fruit stands on every corner that also make juice. There is a Caribbean feel here within India, making it a unique place to visit.
- Learn – There are many temples in the area and learning the history of Lord Rama is a full day event! Lord Rama is one of the most commonly worshipped gods for Hindus and there are many sights that share the history of him in Tamil Nadu.