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... of the diesel powered houseboats; the perfect spot to enjoy a more environmentally friendly mode of travel. Our guide, who we had found through his excellent reviews on trip advisor, was Vijeesh, a Keralan man in his mid 30's with a cheeky smile, cheesy sense of humour and a penchant for shorts (which he proudly told us, he had had shipped all the way from Sweden!). The 15ft canoe, big enough for six to sit comfortably but containing only us, was powered by Vijeesh ...
We took the Local bus for a couple of hours to Allepey, where we stayed for a night to check out the gateway to the backwaters (and discovered an amazing Indian bakery!) but decided to continue on to Kollam to meet some English boys we met leaving Mumbai, gap yearers Craig, Callum and Alex, so we could share a larger houseboat.
We finally managed to find the boys and took a morning canoe trip through the narrow palm ...
... sleeping with her back to her son, they could not find anyone, until they found a sleeping elephant, so they chopped his head off. Shiva was so delighted when they brought a head back, he did not check, so he put it back on his son, thinking he was now out of Parvati's bad books, only to find that he had an elephant headed son! But this ended up being a good thing, as having large ears and nose meant that the vanity in him had all gone. Ok ...
... over the water with a chipmunk scurrying along the wall , a lovely breeze blowing and the sun in the sky.......life is good!
Breakfast here is so good, its 250 rps ( £2.80 ish per person) fresh juice, coffee, croissants, bread, jam, butter, muesli, fresh fruit. So much food , ofcourse because of the French history there are many bakeries and looking at some of the menu's its mouth watering.
So off we go to explore the area and burn off some ...
... bags, weighed then sold to produce oil. An old man with a really bad cough, was lifting such large dead weights, his arms were extremely huge and you wonder how many bags has he lifted in his lifetime?
Back in Kollam, I enjoyed some tasty chicken kebabs for my dinner and by the next morning, we were enjoying a local Indian breakfast before our journey to Kochi by train.
Next stop, Kochi.