Kerala is not the 'typical India' that media portrays, says British vlogger

Yad mentions 5 things he liked in the state and shares them with his followers. Photo: Yad Ventures

Is Kerala the best state in India? Yad, a travel vlogger, seeks to answer this question through his recent video posted on his page 'Yad Ventures'. The British traveller has made a captivating video after staying in God’s Own Country for about four weeks and visiting its tourist destinations. He also narrates five of his best experiences during his visit to the southern state.

Yad begins his video by harping on the difference between the knowledge culled from the media and the real experience. The media has a clear role in instilling in foreigners a perception that India means slums, poverty, and garbage. Though poverty is a reality, India, especially Kerala, is not just about poverty, says the vlogger. According to Yad, “Kerala is not the typical India that the media portrays. It stands out as a unique gem in the Indian sub-continent and its story is slightly different from the rest.” Using visuals, he also describes how Kerala is undermining the traditional notions about India and talks eloquently about the educational status of Malayalees and their warm hospitality...

The backwaters and houseboats of Alappuzha come first on his list of five things he loved in Kerala. With two bedrooms and a kitchen, the houseboat and serenading the backwaters in it came as the foremost experience of Kerala for him. Then comes Sudhi, an auto driver, whom he met in Kochi. “He was an absolute legend. He took me all around Fort Kochi. We also went to the Jew Town, spice market, Dutch Fort with a lot of history, and it was very heartwarming to be around such people.”

Athirappilly Waterfalls is third on the list, and he says the falls look the best during the monsoon season. Munnar is in the fourth place on his list and the misty hill station, which amazes tourists with its natural beauty, climate and tea plantations, should not be missed by tourists visiting Kerala, he states. The fifth best experience in his video is the Cheenavala (Chinese fishing nets) in Kochi. The Cheenavala, the beaches in Kochi, and the evenings there are quite different, he vouches. The video, which was uploaded on YouTube two weeks ago, has garnered over 1.14 lakh views.

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