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... stands at the back of the vessel. It's something of a challenge getting on to the boat but at least I manage to secure a plastic chair with a back on it. I leave the 'authentic experience' benches to the youngsters. It's cool and quiet under the green trees as we paddle down the canal ways.
We make a stop at a spice farm and our guide shows us all kinds of trees from which spices are farmed either from the leaves or bark. We see nutmeg, bay leaves and pepper ...
... 8217;Amma. Elle m’a donc invitée à aller voir de mes propres yeux ce que c’était. Ce n’était pas trop dans mes plans mais bon, j’ai fait le détour.
Amma est une déesse vivante et son Ashram est construit à l’endroit où elle est née. Il y a toujours le premier (petit) temple où elle a commencé à donner ses dashran (accolade), un autre temple bien plus grand et un immense hall en métal où elle donne ses dashran maintenant. Sur le ...
... and the friendliness of the people were quite similar.
Cochin has 1.8 million people and another 1.6 million that are working in Mumbai. Cochin was very clean, tropical, hot and humid. The people were very friendly, hospitable and could not do enough for the tourists.
Prior to leaving home we booked an excursion with Suzy’s group from Cruise Critic. It was called the Alleppey Backwaters. We were just getting off ...
... so we were unable to get in.
From there we went on to visit the Jewish Synagogue --- a small one built in 1568, presumed to be the oldest one in the commonwealth. It has a local congregation of five families with nine members attending. I was told that for special Jewish holidays there are a number of people that come in to worship from all over Kerala bring the total to approximately 150 or so. On the walk along a pedestrian road to ...
... coupled by his gait, I wasn't about to take him seriously.
The snakeboat race of Kerala is a sport that has me hooked due to the spectacle that it is. I would love to make another trip there in the future - not quite as a Captain of a boat, but more as a spectator.
I later learned that the keenly fought final was won by Jesus Boat Club. The event saw 4000 oarsmen having a shot at the title through the day.
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