We ended the trip with an excursion to the city of Cochin in tropical Kerala, a southern seaside state, where the highlight was encountering a magical musical procession with elephants (scroll down for the video clip I took on my phone, if you like!). Cochin is a melange of cultures, as befits an old port city. The oldest living Jewish woman resides there, and is taken care of by a Muslim man and a Catholic cook! Beautiful, no? See if you can identify her below.
Lastly we got a taste of vibrant Bombay, which was amazing. I would have loved to spend more time there. I'll simply have to return! Don't miss my first post for the full story.