Travel Blogs from Kollam
Backpacking through India on a budget has lead to the strange situation where in some places seeing other tourists turns into a novelty. We use local government public transport, stay in budget guesthouses and walk walk walk. At times in Kerala, apart from a couple of fellow backpackers, our only glimpses of other western tourists has been of their huge air conditioned tour buses blasting past or their chauffeur driven jeeps, faces plastered to the window staring in awe ...
... a restaurant called Raviz in Kollam.
It is a great place with a traditional architecture and well-maintained premises. The food was good and the service was excellent. They were located on the banks of the backwaters and we got to go down to the waters edge and walk along the side where many a houseboat was anchored.
Tim and my friends son were excited to see a dancing elephant ...
Varkala in Kerala is a bit like Goa in that its on the coast and is fully kitted out for tourists, great restaurants and lots of shopping. All the tourism is confined to a couple of beaches tho rather than being spilled out all over the state. We've hired a motorbike so we can explore the surrounding coast line and have stumbled across the most beautiful untouched beaches. Yesterday we went to this amazing beach which was just ...
... car is surrounded by women as the old lady, sweeping the yard was Leela's Aunty Radha, and all her cousins are visiting the house! So we get ushered inside, and let me tell you, the Indian part of the family can talk as much as the UK family! So her Aunty whips out a picture of her dad and anyway see family photo!! Well what a day! Sreejith was a hero and the hotel were great about is turning up three hours later than we should have...anyway what a bloody ...
... above a restaurant.
We headed back to the tour company and boarded a bus for an hour ride to the backwaters. A short walk through back gardens of houses that line the canals, we arrived at our small canoe shaped boat and we all boarded nervously, one by one. On the tour was a couple from Australia and a lady from Switzerland.
The backwaters are just stunning. ...
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