"In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks" - John Muir
There's nothing but nature that can calm the tempests of stress in our lives. Southern India with its more than 1000-km coastline, and nearly a hundred rivers; with its 1000's of km of the Western Ghats (one of the earth's 9 biodiversity hotspots) and the resultant plains of fertile soil supporting a strong agriculture based economy, presents an opportunity to forget life's stringent demands.
At Kochi, visit a crab farm, watch coir yarn-making, visit plantations, interact with farmers and workers to understand how they cultivate crops like coconut, betel nuts, pepper, jackfruit and many more.
Visit Kumbalangi, a typical Kerala village near Kochi; the 16sq km. village is home to farmers, labourers, toddy tappers and coir spinners among others. Interact with them and observe their grind of life.
At Kumarakom, spend time at the nearby bird sanctuary, an ornithologists' paradise and take a close look at the Siberian Stork, Agret, Darter, Heron, Teal, among others. Take a bicycle ride to explore the many villages, board a luxury houseboat to observe the great backwaters of Kerala.