The final leg.
Trip Start Dec 12, 2005
37Trip End May 02, 2006
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Raffi took us back to the retreat and we made our way to the hall where the mass was held. True to his word, the priest (Father Xavier) managed to draw the mass out for over three hours and the congregation....(well most of them) lapped it up. There were "Halleluiahs" and "Praise the Lords" all over the place and every time he said "Praise the Lord," with his arms raised then the whole congregation also raised their arms too.....It rather reminded me of an ecclesiastical version of Simon Says.
I was not looking forward to spending the night at the "Premier Lodge" but we had a couple of beers to dull the senses and the night passed quickly enough. In the morning we shipped out as early as possible and headed for our last stop which was the beach resort of Cherrai, a few miles outside Kochin. I had heard quite a lot about Cherrai and how it is still an unspoilt beach but may well become the next big resort. On the way Raffi took us to a river with an impressive set of waterfalls. These looked quite spectacular but in a few months time, once the monsoon hits they will become truly awesome. Once again we were asked to pose for several photos with the locals visiting the beauty spot
Arriving at Cherrai we tried several hotels on the seafront and finally opted to stay at the "Baywatch Hotel." Once again, this was a very pleasant choice clean, quiet and comfortable. As this was the final port of call on our journey, Maire and I decided to make it a two night stay and very pleasant it was too. Cherrai has a long sandy beach and sea front, (ideal for running on and swimming in) which is several miles in length. It was a most agreeable place to relax in with just enough restaurants and hotels to make the place interesting but not overcrowded. I can well understand why so many people in Kerala are looking to purchase land in the area in the hope that the value will quickly show a good profit.
On Friday we spent a few hours shopping in Kochin then on Saturday made the five hour drive back to Varkala. Our trip had been long but more than worthwhile....We certainly crammed a lot into the journey. I can certainly recommend the idea of taking a taxi on these trips. It is not as expensive as it sounds. I reckon that hiring Raffi and his taxi cost about 200 pounds for the sixteen days and on top of that we had to pay for our accommodation......but we both agreed that the whole trip was excellent value for money. I shall certainly fondly remember our trip up into the Western Ghats.