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Travel Blogs from Kollam
... channels of luscious Monroe Island, passing fish farms, tiny villages, wooden huts and jumping over the occasional low bridge. We all had a go climbing palm trees, the 6 foot lads having a distinct advantage! Such a beautiful tranquil area, no litter, a more traditional self sufficient side of India we hadn't seen yet.
That afternoon we boarded our 2 bedroom houseboat - very luxurious with our own bathrooms, ...
... not be how it is in the books but that's how I interpreted it. Ganesh is the god of good fortune and remover of obstacles and is in every Hindu houses and temple. Back on the road again we arrived in Kollam late afternoon and despite being told there was nothing to do there, Maxine had checked the guide book which suggested to go to the beach a 50 rupee tuktuk ride away. Once we arrived we were persuaded to buy a 5rupee ticket to get into ...
Going punting on a canoe through the jungle, what could be more fun? Through a network of very small narrow canals.
Picture the scene - the stream winds its way through the undergrowth, and overgrowth, small cottages, the occasional cow grazing on the bank, and passing beneath plenty of bridges - wooden, cement or just a palm tree on its side. (Remember to duck your heads!). Speaking of ducks, plenty of those swimming about as well.
Before heading to the boats we had some time to walk around, explore Kollam and have breakfast. Down the street from our hotel we saw a Hindu temple and a few people pray. We then took a turn in an alley and after a good 5 min walk, we heard the sound of laughter. Intrigued, we walked to it and found a Muslim College, with people playing volleyball right next to the Mosque. We walked in an watched them play until we got near enough and ...
... bet on who would be the first to sport the all white uniform.
We make our way back down to explore the compound. My first "holy smokes" moment was when I saw the recycle and compost station behind our building. Since setting foot in India, I could count on one hand the number of times I'd actually seen a garbage can. In all of the areas which I’d visited so far, garbage was typically thrown on the ground, accumulated into piles, and lit on fire. I thought I'd see pigs ...
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