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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 ...
... through with the water reaching my shins. At the office we were told there was no top to the canoe and we would basically have to suck it up and deal with it. Luckily on the drive to Munroe island the rain eased and by the time we were on the canoe holding an umbrella was sufficient. After half an hour it stopped, the sun came out and we started to dry off. The trip was really good we passed prawn farms, coconut trees, rolls of ...
... over the road to an Ayurveda (Indian homeopathy) clinic for a back massage but was persuaded to get the full body instead. This was a very interesting experience! After being instructed to completely strip off I was handed a tiny loin cloth, which barely stopped bits falling out, was rubbed down with lotions and oils and beaten into relaxation by a tiny Indian man. I walked away very relaxed albeit slightly mortified. For the rest of the day we slept, wrote blogs, ...
We had initially planned Trivandrum to be the final destination on our trip before we head back home to Aluva. We had briefly considered going to Rameshwaram before Trivandrum, but we found that connections to other places from Rameshwaram where limited. So we decided to go
directly from Madurai to Trivandrum or Kollam.
After the overnight train journey from Madurai, I was very happy ...
... Fingers crossed. Yet another scenic train journey, the hours passed quickly, we tried out some train food, it was lush. We arrived in Varkala and were approached by a rickshaw driver, in traditional Keralan wear, basically a sheet wrapped round the waist... we agreed a price, and jumped in. He asked us if we needed a place to stay, Naomi was slightly reluctant, but I thought we should check out what he had to offer, we'd heard stories of people paying ...