Hindustan Beach Retreat
Travel Blogs from Varkala
... my bag weighed dead on 15kg. I spent my last night in India with a few beers on the beach followed by my last fish curry.
The following morning we chilled over breakfast uploading all our photos before getting a rickshaw to the train station. We got the hour train to Trivandrum unfortunately having to stand the entire way as it was packed. Once there we left our bags at the station and wandered round. There wasn't anything ...
... we enjoyed each other's company and so spent the day playing card games. While they are very dedicated stoners Max and J.J. are still sharp witted and were giving us **** within minutes. Much to my enjoyment. Madhavi and Alex are a little bit too princess-y to be ruthlessly insulted. So it is refreshing to be engaged in male-oriented banter once again.
The boys have an attitude much closer to our own than the ...
... of giving your time. These kids have a nice place to stay, great and plenty of food and a school to go to, but what they said they appreciated most was us playing with them, making posters with their pictures to hang in the dining hall (one of our little projects we did while there) and generally helping out around the place. They said that they liked that we stayed around and "were there with them". We had time to see them. And I am sure glad for our sake that they let us ...
... 400 for one night! So we did day trip instead! We still might go back for a Villiage Homestay but only time will tell! One incidental along the way is we passed the ashram of Amma, the hugging saint who I think has literally hugged over a million people! The Ashram was not much to look at - a clump of pink hi rises! So here we are, 2 busses, 4 auto-rickshaws, 1 boat and one train later, safely ensconced in Varkola, the hippest beach in Kerala! Stay tuned for more ...
... a few of the kids ran up and wanted photos taken and know my name, they seemed delighted seeing their picture and even though I deleted them afterwards, I showed them their pictures
I eventually got back to my room about 4 am, knackered, hot, sweaty, and I was welcomed by a power cut, there would be no fan tonight (or morning, depends how you look at it)
There was nothing else I could do so it was just to crash out and sweat
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet