Vivanta by Taj - Trivandrum
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We arrived in Varkala yesterday to full on monsoon like rains. It rained down in sheets for about 1.5 hours. Personally, I have never been in rain like this before. Apparently it is uncommon for
this time of year. The humidity must be 98% - we took about 5 cold showers during the day and one right before bed to cool down.
Chris Z from Invermere suggested that we do not miss this area and I'm ...
... wasn't anything of particular interest for us there - the perils of Internet-less travels.
More importantly, we took the time to arrange Christmas on a houseboat in the backwaters of Kerala, one of the must-do activities in the region. Through a cool local guy who helped arrange our trip, we decided to combine the boat trip with a visit to Thekkady, famous for its tea plantations and spices, up in the mountains of the Kerala/Tamil Nadu border. ...
So here we are, at the end of it all. This Guide to India will finally end itself as a quadrilogy, and as I'm sure you'll agree, it's been as thrilling up until this point as Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and many of the other great series' in human history. But I digress. We now found ourselves in Trivandrum, the colonial name for the capital of Kerala's otherwise unpronounceable moniker, Thiruvananthapuram. Yet more pearls of second-rate wisdom this ...
... The roars of lions kept at the Lion Safari Park resound across the reservoir of waters withheld by an enormous dam wall. Night and day you hear these ferocious cat calls, songs sung by jungle royalty now imprisoned.
Elephants also are kept at a nearby "rehabilitation" facility. The elephants thankfully are not in the center for alcoholism, but rather have been "rescued" from lives of hard labor in the timber industries etcetera. Unfortunately the ...
... an afternoon stroll to a couple of deserted black sand beaches further north. Birds of prey circled overhead, then dove straight down on their targets.
With no other way home than through the tourist strip again, the shopkeepers called out to Sylvia "Ma'am you promised me you look my shop on way back". Although they were still touting their wares, including everything from sarongs to giant prawns, they did it with a smile and in a ...