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... tea and fried bananas at a venue where a wedding was just about to take place. They sat us at the wedding tables and the bride and groom were standing there waiting for us to leave so the wedding could go ahead!
Most of the people on the boat were western tourists with a few Indian couples and families. There were about four stops along the way and a few people getting on and off at various spots including a well known ashram.
We passed a lot ...
... of the diesel powered houseboats; the perfect spot to enjoy a more environmentally friendly mode of travel. Our guide, who we had found through his excellent reviews on trip advisor, was Vijeesh, a Keralan man in his mid 30's with a cheeky smile, cheesy sense of humour and a penchant for shorts (which he proudly told us, he had had shipped all the way from Sweden!). The 15ft canoe, big enough for six to sit comfortably but containing only us, was powered by Vijeesh ...
After we checked out of our rank hotel at grimes-vile Tennessee. We went to the train station and brought a ticket a sleeper class to go to varkala only 60p each. boarding the train was a lot easier I'm theory than I'm practice. We had a train number got advised to go to platform 2 and waited. And waited and waited. Surrounded by a thousand Indians staring and ...
We took the Local bus for a couple of hours to Allepey, where we stayed for a night to check out the gateway to the backwaters (and discovered an amazing Indian bakery!) but decided to continue on to Kollam to meet some English boys we met leaving Mumbai, gap yearers Craig, Callum and Alex, so we could share a larger houseboat.
We finally managed to find the boys and took a morning canoe trip through the narrow palm ...
... face, possibly not helped when Sorab asked where the drink was coming from - ? Chennai? Then he just laughed. Sorab became a teacher, informing us about the Hindu religion and gods, I am beginning to understand some of it: Brahma the creator, Vishnu the preserver and Shiva the destroyer of all evil, their wives and how to recognise them by the objects and animals there are associated with. He then told us various Hindu stories ...