Trip Start Nov 01, 2012
Trip End Nov 27, 2012

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Flag of India  , Kerala,
Thursday, November 22, 2012

We've had a bit of a rest day today and decided to get a beach day in before we go home. 

The books say that Cherai is the "lost jewel" of the area so the adventure began! A walk into town to catch the ferry (2 rupees each - single) across to Vipeen Island. Done! But with one minor (?) hitch. We piled onto the boat and as it left Kochi, Jane suddenly realised that she was the only woman in the "front" section and that the "back" section was entirely populated by women. An uncomfortable five minutes for Jane, I think. The book says catch a bus the 25km to Cherai. Sadly, the bus services on Vipeen island don't do English translations so we had a plan. Walk around looking lost until someone realises we're stupid lost Westerners who could only possibly have come to Vipeen to go to the beach. 30 seconds it took and we were on the bus! 25km later, the kindly conductor slapped me on the shoulder and instructed us to alight. He further added that we should turn left (towards the sea!) so we did - and we found it separated from a beautiful calm backwater by a spit of land maybe 50 metres wide. [Jane: The backwater was infinitely more attractive than the majority of Vipeen which has enormous fuel storage tanks and industrial units - there were several chinese fishing nets and canoe type boats - not to mention a good resort , backing onto both the beach and the backwater, with decent loos - always the mark of acceptibility in my book!] The beach was very much better than anything we've seen around Kochi but, compared with the Goan beaches, it wasn't nice. And it was made a poorer experience by the leering, letching Indian lads that were trying to find themselves a nice Western girl! One Aussie girl gave them a severe telling off and away they went. Still, the nice resort served Kingfisher and we caught a few rays on the beach as well.

We didn't fancy the 2km walk back to the bus stop with a possible one hour wait for a bus so we splashed out on a tuk tuk. Great fun again - but definitely not for those of a nervous disposition.

We didn't make the same basic error on the return ferry trip and duly separated for the trip across the water...
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Mike P on

Hi to both, reading your blog with great interest (and envy), it brings back really happy memories of our visit earlier this year. I thought we did a lot but yours is more like a 'Michael Palin'. Keep enjoying and look forward to seeing all the photographs on your return.

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