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... inside, nothing was on display as such, there were just cardboard boxes randomly stacked about. I requested six strong Kingfisher but before the guy handed them over he wanted to try my cheap pink wayfarer style sunnies and get a pic on his mobile. I nearly gave them to him he seemed to love them so much. If only I had my camera to capture that bizarre snippet of India. D, Out.
We passed the rest of our afternoon swinging about in a ...
... trunks as well!
The guys who ride the elephants are their trainers and they are all 'Temple' elephants, meaning the Temple owns and looks after the elephant and hires it out for special occasions like festivals.
To see 30 elephants decorated and walking down the street, bowing in front of the Temple and lining up in a row at the beginning of ...
We have been staying for 6 days in Alleppey. Decided to stay in a lovely hotel with a pool, a necessity in this heat as we can't go in the canals for a swim, although most of the locals seem to do everything from cleaning their teeth, having a bath, washing their clothes, and dishes, even cleaning the fish for their dinner, and of course using the canals as their main means of transport. We had a routine going at this place as well. We went out in the ...
... a large wooden canoe by a softly spoken local who punted us around the backwaters. The backwaters are lined with palm trees and a lot of birdlife. We saw countless kingfisher birds and a lot more sea eagles (which we found out are holy birds for Hindu people). Again, the most enjoyable part of the trip was getting away from the chaos of the Indian ...
... channels of luscious Monroe Island, passing fish farms, tiny villages, wooden huts and jumping over the occasional low bridge. We all had a go climbing palm trees, the 6 foot lads having a distinct advantage! Such a beautiful tranquil area, no litter, a more traditional self sufficient side of India we hadn't seen yet.
That afternoon we boarded our 2 bedroom houseboat - very luxurious with our own bathrooms, ...