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TravelPod Member ReviewsGraceful Homestay Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Situated on a hill on the outskirts of the city, we were pleased to have the quiet and the breeze that this afforded. We had the large double and it was spacious and airy with a lovely verandah to sit in. We found a local restaurants within walking distance for lunch and went into the city for dinner on the first evening and had a meal in the homestay the other, before our early start in the morning back home. All the food at Graceful was good and tasty, and Giles, Sylvia and Elsie thoughtful and helpful hosts.
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... scottish shortbread and ice cream with apple sauce, but they had neither :(
Next we visited the Natural history museum which has hundreads of animals and birds, dead and stuffed, along with a great skeleton collection. Our highlight was the elephant skeleton ( they had placed a hollow mould of the elephant foot skin next to it too.) and the lower jaw bone of a fin whale. it was ginormous!
Unfortunately I had a mosquito bite my ankle whilst eating our final breakfast ...
... got one of the old Ambassador (Morris Cowley's) to take us to Kovalam. We went to the first decent hotel and took a look at the room. I could develop aggrophobia in there and so checked in. Finally we were off that train.
The first thing we did was throw our clothes into a plastic bag and threw them in the bin outside.
It's taken a while to write about that train trip and this is only about the half of it. ...
... it, and after two and a half weeks of travelling and constantly being on the go surrounded by hundreds of people - it was actually really beautiful to just stop and enjoy the silence. By 9pm we were back in our room and totally exhausted after the day - lights out at 10pm and up at 5am so better get some sleep. Thursday The mornings start early at the Ashram and the first bell rings at 5.20am and if you snooze there is another one at 5.50am. The first session of the day ...
... rafting and Caving.
From Wayanad we then had a long hot drive passing through fishing villages to Cochin (kochi) in the state of Kerala pop. approx 1.4 million.
Had our first true South Indian Kerala curry, a very small whole fish (by Australian standards) roasted/fried with a mild curry sauce.
Points of interest in Cochin:-
Ferry to Fort Cochin
St. Francis Church, India's oldest European ...
... 45 minutes of walking around and haggling , we were gettin frustrated. Once again Indians showed us how friendly the people can be and a group of kids ran up to us and cheered us up by asking to take pictures with us and one even offered me a ride on his brother's motorcycle. By then we decided to skip Varkala (according to the kids, it was almost the same as Kovalam) They introduced us to an auto-Rickshaw driver who drove us to the Trivandrum ...