Arunima Heritage Home
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... villages houses lined the river banks for us
to see. We saw a river snake make its way across the top of the water, swimming
off to get a bite of something, we also saw some fat otters just as they
chucked themselves off the river bank and down into the water and also saw an
abundance of bird life including Kingfishers, cormorants and birds of prey. People
went about their daily lives, washing in the river, kids made their way to and
from school in their smart uniforms ...
... certainly have been an experience! Instead we stayed on the boat enjoying our nice cold beer, whilst playing cards and watching the sunset with a small audience of village children looking on in fascination.
Then at 6 pm we were brought tea and a snack of what appeared to be bread fried in batter!
We moored up for the night at the same place we did last night but this time Ollie and I were sat downstairs, so we had a little chat with the crew (their English ...
... the local boat times etc. the next day. I don't one person could understand I wanted to take the local, crammed boats as they do rather than paying for a private boat as all tourists do. I was left very confused and on returning to the guest house I took up the offer of the boat ride in the morning, it wasn't too expensive and more over there were set times meaning I knew I could make my planned destination that day rather then being confused and lost on ...
... table basse.
Vous pouvez penser qu'on peut s'ennuyer sur un canal toute la journée. Mais pas du tout! Il y a tellement de vie: énormément d'oiseaux et les activités humaines sont innombrables (la lessive, la pêche, aller/revenir du boulot ou de l'école....
On a pu admirer le coucher du soleil, on a assisté à un show son et lumière (éclair et tonnerre) et on s'est levé pour contempler le lever de soleil.
Je vous laisse avec les photos. ...
... to take, and we understand that these are responsible for most of the pollution of the Kerala backwaters. There are now over 1,000 houseboats on the backwaters, and in the last 5-10 years, the waters have become too polluted to drink, which is a real shame for the area.
Our next stop is Kollam, but we will save that for our next entry.
Lots of love to everyone at home
Lyndsey & Martin