Thank Varkala for that
Trip Start Jan 21, 2011
23Trip End May 01, 2012
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We were to be rewarded for our patience as Varkala, and in particular Shiva Garden where we were staying, was very welcoming. It had a travellers vibe we didn't find in Kochi and Shiva had a huge outdoor area where we could chill in hammocks and meet other people. Our first day was spent enjoying the outdoor space and checking out the beach. As beaches go it was ok but perhaps we have been tainted by seeing Boracay first as we couldn't help but compare
On our second day we met a group of friends who we hung out with pretty much from that point on. Ofer and Nitzan - a married couple from Israel, Trish - a Canadian on a yoga mission, and finally Tamara and Andrew - a Mancunian couple who we bonded with immediately and who we travelled with for the remainder of our stay in India. It was really nice to have a group to spend time with and share travelling stories, very useful for us as we are still at the beginning of our adventure. The rest of the time in Varkala was to be spent in their company and lazing about until we decided to move on with Tamara and Andrew to Alleppey.
Alleppey is famous for it's backwaters and houseboats but we had originally written it off as hiring a boat can be expensive
When it came to leaving Alleppey we had to decide where else we wanted to visit in India in the time we had. Andrew and Tamara had a few days more than us and were eventually headed towards Goa, but we had a week left in which to see some other parts of Kerala before me and Tom had to head back to Kochi for our flight to Cambodia. We decided on Munnar, an area famed for its tea plantations in the mountains. And so began another mammoth journey (not really, a 7 hour bus ride) to another destination...
NB: The wifi in India was sparse at best, hence why I am writing all the blogs now!