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... were out, we were showered and on the bed playing cards - the petals were in the bin! I'm dreading our 5-course valentines dinner tonight as we've already seen lots of pink balloons - I'm only going because it's a fiver!!!
The dinner was nice. There were fairy lights and balloons decorating the terrace where we ate. There weren't many tables so it wasn't particularly lovey dovey. We had our own space and a bottle of wine. The staff were as lovely ...
The private ferry picked us up along with some other people from our guest house, the Ashtamudui Villas at 10.40am.
Joseph, the owner of the villas, and Francis, the lovely tuk tuk driver, waved goodbye to us!
It was another superb eight hour boat trip back ...
So we headed South to Varkala and needed to take two trains. Buying our tickets was really easy and we lined up on the platform next to a first class sign because it was less crowded. The train arrived and it suddenly became a free-for-all. Not realising how long the train was, we joined the hustle and bustle and legged it but with rucksacks we were no match for the savvy locals. The carriages go first class, 2 AC (air-con), 3 AC, sleeper and then general class. ...
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 ...
... opened up and we were drenched but suitably cooled off.
Our next destination was Varkala a beach side town perched amongst dizzingly high cliffs with guest houses, restaurants and tourist shops running along them. The beach at Papanasham is a holy place where Hindus come to make offerings to dead loved ones with the assistance of priests who set up on the beach.
At the other end is the black beach where the tourists go to sunbathe and swim. For us the beach ...