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Travel Blogs from Kollam
Backpacking through India on a budget has lead to the strange situation where in some places seeing other tourists turns into a novelty. We use local government public transport, stay in budget guesthouses and walk walk walk. At times in Kerala, apart from a couple of fellow backpackers, our only glimpses of other western tourists has been of their huge air conditioned tour buses blasting past or their chauffeur driven jeeps, faces plastered to the window staring in awe ...
... a restaurant called Raviz in Kollam.
It is a great place with a traditional architecture and well-maintained premises. The food was good and the service was excellent. They were located on the banks of the backwaters and we got to go down to the waters edge and walk along the side where many a houseboat was anchored.
Tim and my friends son were excited to see a dancing elephant ...
... On the whole, a blend of medieval Portugal, Holland and English grafted onto the tropical coast of Malabar.
From Cochin, we had a short 4hr drive to Alleppey on the coast where we slowed down and took a blissed out overnight glide in a houseboat on Kerala's fabled backwaters.
The 600yr old rice/spice/produce boats have been converted into houseboats and is a major source of the tourism industry here in ...
... car is surrounded by women as the old lady, sweeping the yard was Leela's Aunty Radha, and all her cousins are visiting the house! So we get ushered inside, and let me tell you, the Indian part of the family can talk as much as the UK family! So her Aunty whips out a picture of her dad and anyway see family photo!! Well what a day! Sreejith was a hero and the hotel were great about is turning up three hours later than we should have...anyway what a bloody ...
... above a restaurant.
We headed back to the tour company and boarded a bus for an hour ride to the backwaters. A short walk through back gardens of houses that line the canals, we arrived at our small canoe shaped boat and we all boarded nervously, one by one. On the tour was a couple from Australia and a lady from Switzerland.
The backwaters are just stunning. ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility