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Another tuk tuk ride of about 30 minutes to Samudra Beach, the next beach around from Kovalam. A quiet little beach with the hotel just a building away from the water.
David went for a swim and got dumped when he was getting out by waves breaking right on the shore.
We sat under an umbrella during the afternoon and then ate our dinner right on the beach. A very nice little spot for one night and good to be out of a big city again!
... we get to a station. A coolie is a man who will carry your station luggage for you for a ridiculously cheap price and take it to your train carriage or to the taxi stand if you are arriving and most of it usually balanced on his head (despite modern ergonomic shoulder straps, wheels and such like). One of the techniques they use to carry heavy bags is to walk very fast and in this case we quickly agreed that Shaff would go with the luggage and Lou would follow with the girls. ...
After a 4 hour car ride we arrived in Kovalam to our hotel right on the beach. Kovalam beach was different to what I expected. I expected something like Goa... But Kovalam is a lot quieter. There were lots of restaurants across the front, but not many bars.... No one had a bar licence, they still offered beer and wine but u had to hide it under your table. The police cleared ...
Had to head out to the cashpoint which took about 2 hours with Rosa tagging along. We chilled for most of the day on the beach an in cafés before we saw our first Keralan sunset. Ate at our man's restaurant, Sea Queen. We both had tiger prawns cooked in lemon, chilli, butter and garlic. Delicious. Started on the cocktails from the menu but then deviated to making our own. I created the 'cuff me' and Sam created 'the lid' - 2 very important phrases during this ...
... Trivandrum so we knew we wouldn't miss it. Because of the delays we guestimated that we'd be arriving about 5 p.m. But before we knew it we'd stopped at half 2 and were told to get off. This was the end of the line! We didn't know where we were but got accosted pretty quickly by a tuk tuk driver. We quizzed him and found out we were only 9 km from Trivandrum. We still don't know what happened there. Everything else; the ticket, the train name, the info on the platform etc ...