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We left the beautiful setting of the Lemon Tree Hotel for a drive across the Vembanad Lake to the city of Kottayam. The Lemon Tree is located on the west side of the lake - Kottayam is on the east. The lake is a long body of water that stretches between Alleppey and Cochin (Kochi). Several canals and back waterways surround the lake. The …
... rather, for which one must acquire a taste. We took one whiff, and one sip, and passed - the smell alone is pungent, to say the least - although one of the younger couples in our boating party pumped back a couple of litres of the stuff and survived. Our guide later also served us a fine home cooked, authentic, five course Keralan meal, each on our own banana leaf, and we had no choice but to practice eating with our fingers (right hand ...
Saturday 7th April
Today we are at Cochin, India.Also known as Kochi For navigational reasons our arrival in this port was delayed,so we did not arrive until 10:00am.We are told that there was a further 30 minutes delay before we could tie up at the berth due to difficulties moving through silt which has accumulated along the dockside-silt which the Indian authorities had promised to clear in time for our arrival.
To compound the ...
... land taken up by rice paddy fields. Passing these villages you see that not only laundry is done by hand in the waterways (dadded against the rocks) but also bathing, teeth cleaning and numerous other ablutions, which are a little too sensitive to be discussed in this family edition, A fish lunch was served and we immediately realised that the extra prawns would have been a waste as there was no way we could finish the food supplied. After ...
Well, it took me at least three more consultations: an auto-taxi driver, a fruit stand operator, and a bystander, and I finally walked about 1k to the private bus station by "the bishop's house". A friendly waiter at a hotel across the street pointed out that that bright green bus across the way that was leaving was the one (among about 15) heading to Kumarakom. I ran and hopped ...
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