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Udiapur's claim to fame is that it was the setting for the James Bond movie Octopussy... and its lakes. There are two islands in the middle of the lake that are actually giant floating hotels - perfect place for James Bond to spend a few nights. The town was very chilled out - finally we could walk the streets and not have cars and rickshaws race past and beeping. The town is built for tourist - but in a good way. It was the first place that's been reasonably ...
... a major transport route, it came in the signs positioned on the bank giving you the distance in kilometres to major towns, as well as occasional directions. As it was a tourist boat it only stopped once or twice along the way to drop people off, and we sat back and peacefully enjoyed the ride on a surprisingly quiet top deck. At lunchtime we stopped for 20 minutes where we given the opportunity to stretch our legs, and we sat down to be served another banana ...
... a fruity lunch. Throw in some karma yoga (selfless acts/cleaning) and then another 2/5 hours of yoga and pranayama. I have to admit I really do not like pranayama very much at all, something most Westerners have in common I guess.
Once a week we get a day off and get to go on a field trip! The first week we went to the most touristy part of India - Varkala. I have been told it's probably the only place in ...
... I can only describe as a Keralan Rap ! It was the most bizarre thing and when he had finished many many minutes later the Jews Harp player then did a counter Rap , the guy in the middle was so excited and his face was lit with a beaming smile and a knowing look as if to say ' Oh yes you nailed that Rap !' Like most things you had to be there and I hope the little footage we recorded works below !!
Thankfully it ended , then the finale of the evening arrived , The ...
... all manner joys for local consumption
and the market.
All manner of cultivation in evidence here:
Ginger plants (the leaves taste gingery with a hint of lemon!), pepper corns growing on woody vines which drape the branches of trees. Pineapple. Mangoes. Nutmeg. Vanilla. Bananas (booooooring - only joking). Coconuts (oh yes).
...And Jackfruits - big, green, lumpy ones. The wood of the tree is used to make very ...
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