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Photography Expedition to Kerala, South India – January 20 – 30, 2017

Photography Expedition to Kerala, South India –  January 20 – 30, 2017

A photo trip, travelling ‘God’s own Country’ – Kerala

When I was in Kerala for the first time in January 2015, I was traveling with Marc Ludwig from FotoTV.de. Back then,  I was stunned by this beautiful state in southern India with its friendly people, fascinating cultural treasures and lush landscapes. So, I decided to plan for a photography expedition to Kerala, at some future point in time …

Now this plan has become reality and these are the facts for the trip:

Dates: January 20 – 30, 2017

Duration: 10 days

Highlights of the Photography Tour:

Group Size:

ATTENTION! This time the group is limited to 6 participating photographers max.!
If you are interested in joining, make sure to get in touch with me soon: kerala [at] reisefotografie [dot] de

Itinerary (preliminary):

Day 1 –  20th January: Fort Kochi

On arrival in Cochin, we’ll be picked-up by our Indian tour agent Pradeep, and transferred to our hotel in the old town “Fort”. In the evening, we’ll already be shooting the legendary Kathakali temple dance! We’ll also photograph the ancient traditional Chinese fishnets during sunset.

Overnight at Hotel “Fort House” in Kochi.


Day 2 – 21th January: Fort Kochi

We’ll continue our photographic exploration of Kochi, and will visit the synagogue and the old Jewish quarter as well as “St. Francis Church”, the oldest European church in India. Further highlights will be the “Santa Cruz Basilica”,  built in 1557 by the  Portuguese, the “Dutch Palace”, and the spice market.  And we will certainly pay a second visit to the Chinese fishnets at sunset.

Overnight at Hotel “Fort House” in Kochi.

Day 3 – 22th January: Thalassery

After breakfast, we’ll transfer to Cochins Railway station at Eranakulam where we will board our train due North. The trip will fill nearly the entire day, but also offer potentially interesting photo subjects. For one, we’ll pass beautiful landscapes and catch a first sight of Kerala’s diversity, and secondly, you better not compare a train ride in India with a ride in Germany, or Europe. Interesting photo opportunities can pop up during the ride, at any point in time and anywhere … Besides, we will use the time while onboard the train for feedback sessions and some theoretical input. On arrival in Thalassery, we’ll be picked up and transferred to our accommodation.

Overnight at Ayisha Manzil & Soubhagya Residency, Thalassery

Day 4 – 6 – 23. – 25. January: Thalassery

In Thalassery, we are supposed to photograph different “Theyyams”. During this specific temple festival, different protagonists will elaborately prepare, with help of costumes and make-up, until they embody different Hindu Gods. They then will work themselves into trance and, depending on the individual Theyyam, will perform stunning rituals, such as running into a fire …

Unfortunately, due to the nature of the event, it is not possible to predict the (real) Theyyams performance time 100% accurately. Therefore, we are requested to bring some flexibility.
Further highlights in Thalassery: we’ll shoot at the fish market, and photograph the traditional Martial Arts form “Kalarippayat”. We will shoot this in a traditional school, and will set-up a specific photo session with some of the fighters, for us on the beach. Another highlight, which we will try to cover, is a “Kambala” race (a bull race) in Mangalore. Like the Theyyam it is hard to schedule but we’ll try our best to make it happen …

All nights at Ayisha Manzil & Soubhagya Residency, Thalassery


Day 7 – 26th January: Cheruthuruthy

That day, we’ll head south from Thalassery to Cheruthuruthy. But this time, we won’t be travelling by train but by airconditioned bus.  On arrival, we will join the cultural program “A Day with the Masters” in Kalamandalam. Here are some details about it …

Overnight at Hotel River Retreat


Day 8 – 27th January: Backwater Resort Stay

After breakfast, we’ll pay the cultural school in Kalamandalam a second visit, before we continue our trip to the waterfalls of Athirapally. Eventually,D we drive further to Karumancherry where we check-in at the beautiful Kondai Lip Backwater Resort.


Day 9 and 10 – 28th & 29th January: Allepey Deluxe-Houseboat

We will spend the morning at the Kondai Lip Backwater Resort where we can do small boat trips and shoot the beautiful nature and wildlife (mainly birds) of the area. At noon, we head further to Allepey where we wil board our deluxe houseboat. From then on we’ll cruise Keralas beautiful Backwaters and shoot what comes along the way. We will stop here and there at small villages, paddy fields, or whichever catches our interest to complete our portfolio for this photo trip …

While cruising on the houseboat, we also will use the time to review our photographic harvest, and give /receive feedback as well as share tips and tricks for editing. And … naturally, you can just enjoy and relax and ‘digest’ your experiences …


Day 11 – 30th January: End of photo trip

That day, our shared photography expedition comes to end. After breakfast, we’ll be transferred back to the airport in Cochin. But of course, it is no problem to extend your travels, on an individual basis. If desired, our indian tour agent Pradeep will happily assist you.


Cost: € 1.500 per person (in shared double room)



Not included:


Here you can read some feedbacks of other participants who previously have joined me:

Testimonials & Feedbacks

And here are some impressions from my last photo expedition to Kerala …

Reisefotografie, Fotoreise, Indien, Kerala, Kathakali

A dancer, preparing with make-up, for the “Kathakali” temple dance

Reisefotografie, Fotoreise Indien, Kerala, Kalarippayat

Two Kalarippayat fighters at work

Reisefotografie, Fotoreise Indien, Kerala, Theyyam

A “living God” during “Theyyam”

Fotoreise Indien, Reisefotografie, Kerala, Fischer

Fisher man on Keralas beautiful coast

Fotoreise Indien, Reisefotografie, Kerala, Backwaters, Reisfeld

View from a houseboat in Keralas backwaters: worker in a paddy field

Fotoreise Indien, Reisefotografie, Kerala, Hausboot, Backwaters

Relaxing on a houseboat in Keralas backwaters

Fotoreise Indien, Reisefotografie, Kerala, Hausboote, Backwaters

Picturesque: houseboats in Keralas Backwaters

Fotoreise Indien, Reisefotografie, Porträt Kalarippayat-Kämpfer, Traditioneller Kampfsport, Martial Arts

A young Kalarippayat fighter with traditional weapons

Fotoreise Indien, Reisefotografie, Kochi, Cochin, Fort, Kolonialstil, Hotels, Luxus

Beautiful hotels in colonial style in Cochin’s old quarter “Fort”

Fotoreise Indien, Reisefotografie, Kochi, Cochin, Kolonialstil Hotels, Luxus

Traditional interiors: the hotels in colonial style in Fort Cochin

Fotoreise Indien, Reisefotografie, Kerala, Tee, Teepflückerin

Tea plucker in the mountains of Kerala

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