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... a large wooden canoe by a softly spoken local who punted us around the backwaters. The backwaters are lined with palm trees and a lot of birdlife. We saw countless kingfisher birds and a lot more sea eagles (which we found out are holy birds for Hindu people). Again, the most enjoyable part of the trip was getting away from the chaos of the Indian ...
To get from Alleppey to Kollam (previously known as Quilon - we haven't yet worked out why some places have taken to their new names while others haven't, although it's understandable why the Keralan capital Thiruvanandrapuram is still referred to as Trivandrum) we decided to take the tourist boat, which makes the 90km journey through the backwaters over a leisurely 8 hours. After checking out of The Dream Nest we made our way to the boat jetty and bought our tickets for ...
... again we were a source of interest to the locals. The people on the beach were locals there, not tourists, but it was great to see whole families out together, many generations . Teenagers, boys and girls just hanging our together, enjoying the simple things in life. Next we tried to get 2 tuktuks to get us back, a slight language barrier mixed with my inability to read the name of the hotel, but got back safely before dinner in the ...
... from Melbourne explained that it made them happy to meet white folks - it just outlined the fact they were on holiday and doing unusual things. So we smiled and tried not to laugh as they took it in turns to wear Orion's cowboy sun hat and pretend to talk on his iPhone, and have their photos taken with the arms around me. They asked whether folks in England would want their photos if they visited. I had to admit no because there ...
... and witness everyday life going on in the village on either side. Smoke rises from an outdoor stove, while a group of children are sitting on plastic chairs playing cards.
See the dense foliage reflected beautifully in the muddy water below.
Birds singing, kingfishers flapping about, look - there's one in the trees above, and now she's perched on the edge of that boat, bright blue feathers gleaming in the sun.