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We were up at 6.45am this morning - nice weather!! Unfortunately the ground was a bit wet and slippery to go for a walk, so we went off to explore in a canoe instead. We made our way slowly down the main waterway. It was wide, the odd houseboat passing by, louder boats carrying rocks, locals in their small canoes. We passed locals at the tea shop drinking chai. Women out washing clothes. Children on bikes. Men having a bath. People going about their water-based lives. As we ...
... pulled up at the gate, a security guard let us in. It was 0400 on the day of checkin so we weren't hopeful for a room. Upgrade to a villa and the fact it was available was very welcome news! Shajeed who checked us in was quick, we can passports in the morning. He led us down a dimly lit path with his torch, passed the swimming pool and meandering through flats/villa style accommodation. A black hole was to the left which would be the lake. We saw signs ...
... and then we were in India at another not very inspiring airport, Trivandrum. Visas passed muster and we were in. Managed to both get cash from the machine and arranged taxi to Kollam, a particularly un-touristy town. On reflection it is quite difficult to understand why we have come directly here and for so long. When we booked the hotel we were in a slight panic over finding somewhere over Christmas and also did not want to ...
... quicker than his pride. But Shaff, never to miss an opportunity, managed to negotiate a discount to the room tariff based on a bit of guilt inducing charm and a casual mention of Trip Advisor plus wild dogs.
Once Shaff stopped limping, we did feel right at home and loved our stay there.
We didn’t actually do much during the 16 days or so that we spent at Varkala except mooching around, eating and walking up and down the cliff to reach the lovely sandy ...
... and listened to Indian popular music on the rooftop veranda with Debra, her husband and several fellow travelers late into the evening last night. Took a cooking class today. Tonight we'll go back to the clifftop and probably eat at our favorite spot, a Tibetan restaurant that has fabulous food. Tomorrow we head north a couple of hours to Alleppey where we will sty for a couple of days and probably hire a houseboat for a day and night in the Keralan backwaters.