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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 ...
... The snack arrived along with a couple of fellow guests. They had also recently arrived in the town and one of them quickly struck up a conversation with us. The two young Dutch girls, Madhavi and Alex, seemed keen for some companionship and as we shared the desire we ended up spending the rest of the day together. Eventually walking down to the beach-side cliff upon which sat most of the tourist restaurants. We chose a place and sat eating and chatting until late. ...
We decided only to stay a couple of days in Varkala, because we're heading back to Kochi (to the Fort Abode Hotel, with posh swimming pool!), then on to Munnar for a 3-day trip to the tea plantations and hilltop station. So we booked our train ticket back to Kochi for 15 November. This gave us one full day in Varkala, which we spent by having a lie-in, late breakfast, then heading off (with our backpacks, in the sweltering heat!) down to ...