Hello! Around a week ago I posted on here questioning whether it was a good idea to go ahead with my trip to Kerala. Through the information gained on my thread, and others, I decided to go through with my trip to the south (which began on the 8th of September).
Prior to this, whilst in the north, I asked many locals for their opinion on coming here - I received a spectrum of answers. Some saying it was a very bad idea, others telling me it would be fine in unaffected areas.
One thing I couldn't help but think was many Tripadvisor posts (some from Kerala tourist businesses) had a bias - they want tourists to come to help economic growth.
Therefore I am posting here as a western tourist in the area. I am currently in Fort Kochi which is bustling with many Indian tourists and a few westerners - appearing untouched by the monsoon. Today I leave for Kollam, then to Varkala and finally finishing in Thiruvanathapuram.
I've decided to keep to the coast where the monsoon caused the least damage. If people would like I will update this post in each area providing information which I would have found valuable when deciding if I should come.