After a total of 31 hours travel time from Minneapolis, our trip to India started in a small village called Kurumassery in the Ernakulam district of Kerala state.

A catholic priest friend of Maggie’s kindly set us up with sleeping and hospitality arrangements. For the six nights we stayed in Kurumassery, I stayed with Father Xavier in his rectory guest room. Maggie stayed a half mile away at a convent. His hospitality was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced and I’m so grateful for his kindness.

During our seven days in Kerala, Father Xavier and his driver Kuttan took us all over. They invited us into their family’s homes and took wonderful care of us.

All photos were taken with an iPhone 6s plus and a Canon Digital Rebel. Here are some of my favorite shots from the experience.

Kerala, India
View looking out from my guest room. Kurumassery, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Street views, Kurumassery, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
On a boat tour of the backwaters, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
On a boat tour of the backwaters, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Fishing nets, on a boat tour of the backwaters, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Fishing nets, on a boat tour of the backwaters, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Father Xavier, on a boat tour of the backwaters, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Father Xavier and Kuttan, on a boat tour of the backwaters, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
On a boat tour of the backwaters, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
On a boat tour of the backwaters, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Flowers at Athirappilly Falls, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Flowers at Athirappilly Falls, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Flowers at Athirappilly Falls, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Father Xavier, crossing a bridge at Athirappilly Falls, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Father Xavier walking around at Athirappilly Falls, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Monkeys around Athirappilly Falls, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Monkeys around Athirappilly Falls, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Monkeys around Athirappilly Falls, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Rapid water at Athirappilly Falls, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Scenery and happy new year at Athirappilly Falls, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Tree house at Athirappilly Falls, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Kuttan, Father Xavier, and me getting tea at a stop by Vazhachal Waterfalls, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Hungry monkey at a stop by Vazhachal Waterfalls, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Hungry monkey at a stop by Vazhachal Waterfalls, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Walking along the water at Vazhachal Waterfalls, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
On the lookout for elephants in Vazhachal Range, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Pausing to enjoy the scenery while on the lookout for elephants near Vazhachal Waterfalls, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Road jam, elephants spotted in the distance. In hindsight, I should've brought a zoom lens. It was still quite an experience seeing elephants in the wild. Vazhachal Range, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Elephants in the wild, somewhere in Vazhachal Range, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Zoomed in on elephants in the wild, somewhere in Vazhachal Range, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Scenic views, somewhere in Vazhachal Range, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Humorous signage somewhere in Vazhachal Range, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Scenic views, somewhere in Vazhachal Range, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Scenic views, somewhere in Vazhachal Range, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Scenic views, somewhere in Vazhachal Range, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Scenic views, somewhere in Vazhachal Range, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Woman walking across water somewhere around Vazhachal Falls Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Scenic views somewhere around Vazhachal Falls Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Woman balancing object on her head near her home, somewhere around Vazhachal Falls Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Woman washing clothes in the water, somewhere around Vazhachal Falls Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Woman washing clothes in the water, somewhere around Vazhachal Falls Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Rapid water at Vazhachal Falls, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Signage Vazhachal Forest Division, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Vazhachal Falls, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Silhouette of a man washing clothes at dusk, near Vazhachal Falls, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Me and Kuttan enjoying some tea and snacks around Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Dinner in Father Xavier's childhood home (now his brother's home), Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Kuttan enjoying dinner in Father Xavier's childhood home (now his brother's home), Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
View along the water near a Hindu temple, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
At the beach along the Arabian sea, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Birds on boats, at the beach along the Arabian sea, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Birds on boats, at the beach along the Arabian sea, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Boats at the beach along the Arabian sea, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Running at the beach along the Arabian sea, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Boat textures at the beach along the Arabian sea, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Snapshots from a moving car, somewhere in Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Boat coming to shore somewhere in Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Traditional drummers at a religious festival in Kurumassery, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Traditional drummers at a religious festival in Kurumassery, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
People shot through the trees at a religious festival in Kurumassery, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Man on a bike riding past a religious festival in Kurumassery, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Religious festival in Kurumassery, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Traditional drummers at a religious festival in Kurumassery, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kerala, India
Temple all lit up for a religious ceremony in Kurumassery, Ernakulam, Kerala, India