Shah International Hotel
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... to experience otherwise - often going through people's gardens, seeing the vegetables, fruits and medicinal plants, local "cottage" industries, often stopping to talk to the locals, checking out the parathas at a local stall/shop and sampling a local "mocktail" at another (orange or pineapple, juice of a lime, some ginger and curry spice mix, sugar, whisk up in a blender, add a chili, then add a bottle of soda from the fridge and stir generously - delicious and envigorating! - ...
Today we went by tuk tuk with Francjs for about 25 minutes, on a ferry made of two boats tied together (and the tuk tuk came with us), another drive of 15 minutes and then a canoe trip of about one and a half hours in a wooden canoe built in the traditional style and punted by Mr Vishnu, a lovely young guy of about 22!
The canals are narrow with very ...
... behind a narrow footpath that runs along the edge of the cliff overlooking the crashing waves and beaches below. It's ace.
The beach we spent most of our time at was called black beach. It's not really a tropical paradise beach, it has ...
... a while and treated ourselves to an icecream whilst being harassed by a man playing a violin.....badly. Still taking advantage of being on the coast we had some juicy prawns for dinner and wandered back.
Our luck ran out with the weather and we awoke to pouring rain. Waterproofs on, we started walking to the tourist office for our boat trip. After a few minutes with no drainage systems in place, the roads became rivers and I had ...
... which is a bit quieter, but there were still plenty of tourists to watch from our varandah. Bamboo village is quite picturesque and I think we will appear on quite a few holiday photos, as loads of people stopped to photograph the resort.
Varkala is shopping heaven, if you want to buy Tibetan and north Indian goods at a high price, bulk as you haggle properly. This place can lull you into a very lazy state. Everyone speaks English, you can get Indian, Chinese and Italian ...