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Nov 4, 2019 - Last Full Day in Kovalam Beach but including Sunday

I am completing the last full entry of our India Adventure, as I sit here overlooking the beach from our hotel room, but still have yesterday’s adventures to regale. Colin and I rose early as we had a tee off time at Trivandrum Golf Club at 09:00. We breakfasted at 07:30 and finally headed off in a public taxi that declared our journey to be 190, which we thought was a bit cheap and even more so when the driver stayed at the club and was waiting our return from playing. The Trivandrum Club house was built back in the late 1930’s by the...

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Nov 2, 2019 - Elephant Sanctuary and Kerala Backwaters.

Up early today and witnessed the local village bringing in the nets which had spanned across our bay. With up to thirty men pulling the nets and others splashing outside the nets, it made quite intimate view of local subsistence. The catch was hardly worth their effort with many small fish being captured. After being shared out to all the people pulling the nets they may have had ten small fry each. Met up with Colin and Zoe, only to find Zoe had got sun burn, also got bitten by mozzies something she had never suffered before. Alison was...

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Nov 1, 2019 - Relaxing at Leela on Kovalam Beach

Today is our first day for relaxing, did not set any alarms and woke at 08:30, then down to breakfast consisting of juice, freash fruit, choco chips, omlette, toast, marmalade and variety of tea cakes, washed down with several cups of English breakfast tea. We are then down to the beach for some sun bathing, as today is the first day we have seen sun, since two days before. The news was full of the deaths and destruction that the cyclone had caused along the south west corner of India. Whilst laying on the beds on our private beach, with a...

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Oct 31, 2019 - Kovalam Halloween

We woke late and we could still the rain potter pattering onto our balcony. Although looking over the balcony the sky looked slightly lighter and headed jaunterly done to breakfast. The Indian Times had been delivered and the headlines were, 2 massive cyclones storms were in the Arabian Ocean and heading for land fall in Kerala, some 50km North. Forecast heavy rain and wind for next two days. Just great but on speaking to Colin and Zoe overnight and their suite only, they had a special blessing with three inches of water throughout their...

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Feb 16, 2010 - AT THE BEACH

Yesterday we drove to Kovalam Beach. We pulled out on time from Pratap’s home and our driver (we have a private hired car and driver) took us to for a quick meeting with Dr. Bala at the hospital. Then Tharun (the District GSE Assistant Chair) took us to his house for 30 minutes. Thus, we left Coimbatore at 11:30, 2 hours behind schedule. But then, we are a GSE Team. The drive to Kovalam took 10 hours including stops. We are at a beach front hotel. The open air coffee shop at the hotel is ten feet from the sand. This part of the beach is a...

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Aug 18, 2009 - Sivananda

Yoga ashram, five days. Good sequence, two hours, twice a day, got fit! Happy can now do headstand in middle of room, on my own. Didn't appreciate the two hours of chanting per day. Would rather have had more meditation instead. More later, this is a shocking keyboard.

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Aug 9, 2009 - Time to move on...

Can't believe I've been here for a month. A WHOLE MONTH!! Well, the last week has been a bit of a wash-out. Last Sunday (Aug 2) Davina felt like going on a bit of an excursion, and so we went ot Kovalam Beach, which is a about 5km south of here, to an Indian-style luxury resort for lunch called The Country Club. In case you're wondering what that means, it seems to mean dark enclosed rooms with lots of hard surfaces and A/C, no views, and certainly limited outside access. I should have known better than to eat my meal - by now I really...

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Jul 29, 2009 - Lagoon Daze

Can’t quite believe I’ve been here for three weeks, at Lagoona Davina. Had the place to myself for over two weeks, with only one set of people dropping by for lunch. Here’s a little rundown of some of the things I remember doing, as all the days - and weeks - start blending together… Arrived on Thursday, July 9. Immediately had the post-ayurvedic ‘no alcohol for 1-2 weeks’ rule put to the test with a welcome banana daquiri. I sampled some of it, and it swiftly gave me a headache, so I abandoned it. Clearly the advice had been spot-on - I...

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Jul 16, 2009 - "Hari Porter", Indian-style

The car wound through a maze of narrow streets to the point where my sense of direction was completely askew. It was a lazy Thursday afternoon, and the usual chaos of Indian traffic was really rather mellow. We turned downhill and the car stopped suddenly on the corner, with a crowd of people, cars, auto-rickshaw and scooters sprawled all over the road. The cinema complex itself was massive. A great hulking concrete thing, complete with chandeliers, it was a conglomerate of a blissfully-forgotten architecture from the Fifties, Sixties and...

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Jul 11, 2009 - "A Slice of Paradise in the Backwaters"

It's heavenly here. And I have the place to myself. Which is a little sad, since it's so beautiful, and the weather is pretty darn perfect. But Davina, English and in her 60s, is lovely, and comes to join me each evening as she has a glass of wine (I'm still being good! Though I had a tiny mouthful the first night). There's a menagerie of animals - a dog and a goat, Ambrosia and Zebie, who love each other to pieces and sleep curled up together. The dog eats grass and the goat eats dog biscuits. Then there's a number of tortoises, and a cat...

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Feb 3, 2009 - Kovalam

I left Kottoyam for the short trip down to Kovolam, the former hippy centre now on its way to tour-package destination, to meet up with Caz whom I met during my time in India last year. Needless to say there was a lot of catching up to do amongst the eating and drinking. The tandoori fish available in the restaurants here it must be said is amazing. Kovolam means 'a grove of coconut trees' but unfortunately most of these have given way to concrete in the dash for modernisation, leaving its days as a hippy ideal in its wake. In the end...

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Where's Malcolm?

Dec 20, 2008 - Travel to Kovalam

Today we are headed even further south to Kovalam, an Indian beach resort for a couple of days in the sun. In the morning, we head to the fish market so that Steve can buy some fish for his brunch. He settles on prawns and yellow snapper which we take to the restaurant where we saw the dolphins so that they can cook it for him. Everything here appears to be freshly cooked as you have to wait at least 30 minutes for it. By the time it arrives, Steve is practically drooling but its worth the wait. It looks great and tastes delicious! After...

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