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May 25, 2005 - Kovallam, India

Our flight to Trivandrum, India was scheduled to leave Abu Dhabi at 11:00 pm. We boarded the plane a half hour before that and then sat waiting. Finally, after one hour the captain announced that for our comfort and safety, the maintenance crew was working on the air-conditioning system and that we would be ready for take-off in fifteen minutes. Another stifling hour and a half later we were finally in the air. We flew for forty minutes and landed in Muscat, Oman to pick up passengers before heading over the Arabian Sea to Trivandrum. The...

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Apr 17, 2005 - Final stop in India and on my trip!

Greetings! Had a much calmer few days sampling the best of India which should leave a better taste in my mouth and fragrance to my nostrils! I flew from Goa to Cochin and spent some good times wandering round the old town, visited the oldest Synagogue in India from the 1500's and managed to stay awake and focused in 40 degree heat travelling on the waters of Kerala by boat! Then travelled to the Peyar National Park in Kerala and stayed in an amazing place on the lake and watched the herds of wild pigs and deer come out of the forest to...

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Apr 7, 2005 - Kalming Kochi

It takes leaving Goa and getting to Kerela to realize both how amazing Kerela is, and how irritating Goa can be. I'm not saying that I don't like Goa, I wouldn't have gone there for the third time if I hated it—but the stark difference between the flora, the other tourists, the condition of the infrastructure, and most importantly, the people themselves is startling, and amazing. Kerela is a long, thin state which almost resembles Chile in its shape and location on its respective (sub)continent. It is a different place from most of India,...

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Mar 25, 2005 - Trivandrum

Thursday. The last leg of our trip in India. Has it been 4 weeks already?!?!? We have a 5-hour drive to Trivandrum. This is the capital of Kerala, but the only reason we're going there, we think, is to catch a flight to Maldives. On the way, we pass only the 2nd traffic accident that we are to see in India. In the States, of course, you're likely to see 2 accidents in a 5-hour drive!! (Curiously, our paths have crossed several times in the past few days with a Belgian couple who have traveled extensively in the US, and one of the comments...

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Mar 24, 2005 - Cochin

Cochin 3/24 Took the water shuttle from our hotel in Kumarakom this morning. It was interesting to see the families who live along the canal busy at their daily activities - washing clothes and dishes, fishing with a simple pole and string, and bathing children. We set out on a 2-hour drive to Cochin, though we were delayed somewhat by a flat tire. Two young boys - off of school for Easter break - came over to watch and supervise and, eventually, pitch in. We were on the road again in about 15 minutes. The area around Cochin was one of the...

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Mar 22, 2005 - Munnar, first hill station!

Considering I had to be in Chennai/Madras by 24 March for my flight, my days in Kerala were numbered. I had to make a decision between an animal sanctuary, an old fort harbour and a hill station, which promised cooler temperatures and scenic tea plantations. I knew where I was meant to be... Because of a late departure from Kottayam and a general, inexplicable fear of bus rides on mountainous terrain, I took a taxi up to Munnar, which proved lovely because we had several stops en route and watched the sunset from a lookout point, cardamom...

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Mar 21, 2005 - Periyar and Alleppey

We left Madurai on Saturday morning after just 1 night, driving several hours to the town of Periyar. The drive took us mostly thru farm country. The terrain was very flat, but before long, we saw mountains in the distance on both sides. A wide variety of crops are grown here, We stopped to watch a farmer work a team of cows to level a rice paddy. It's the season for harvesting the 2nd wheat crop, and we saw many workers "separating the wheat from the chafe" usually by hand but sometimes using modern machinery. Farm cooperatives are pretty...

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Mar 18, 2005 - Backwaters of Kerala

Ahh the slow life... Even though I was there in March, Sublime's "Summertime, oh the livin's easy" kept running through my mind. Wednesday the 16th I took a 'tourist cruise' from Kollam/Quilon to Alleppey/Allappuzha (main cities in Kerala have two names, just to make it fun) which included 8 hours on a long, double decker bus and a very quick lunch stop. While waiting for everyone to board, I was vacantly staring out the side when a girl, stepping onto the boat, shrieked, "OMG you're the girl from Varanasi!" I honestly didn't recognize her,...

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Mar 12, 2005 - Kumily

After an absolutely terrifying journey in a local bus with no suspension, up steep hair-pin bends, in the torrential rain, it was with great relief that we finally arrived in Kumily, only 2 hours late! We found a lovely little guest house which Claire skillfully negociated down to half it's usual rate and all got ourselves settled in in record time with a view to finding somewhere to go for a drink before everything closed down. The fact that it was 8.30 was irrelevant as eveything in the area starts to close around 9pm - cosmopolitan it is...

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Mar 12, 2005 - Back to my Southern roots

Ahh to be back in the South... Granted, it ain't the Heart of Dixie, but probably as close as I'll get here in Hindustan. I stepped off my train in Trivandrum, blurry-eyed and shaky-legged after 50 hours on a hard seat alongside an obnoxious berth-mate with a wicked laugh, to gorgeous coconut trees and lots of smiling faces. Of course, the 95 degree weather and 95 percent humidity was just like stepping off a plane in Birmingham in August: Welcome home! This is the capital of Kerala (which means coconut-place in Malayalam, the local...

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Mar 11, 2005 - Houseboat

Having spoken at such length about doing a tour of the Keralan back waters in a House Boat it came as a great suprise to us that we actually managed to get round to it. In all there were 6 of us going: the 2 of us, Sarah, Claire and Richard (who we had met previously in Jodphur) and Liz (who was staying in Varkala on holiday, and fancied a change of scene!) Armed with Uno, 2 bottles of rum and various mixers we set off for Alleppy from where the tour would depart, and 23 fun filled hours later arrive back again. On first glance we saw...

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Mar 5, 2005 - India - Kerala - Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Namaste!!! It was hard to leave Varkala behind, but we had to make it to Trivandrum in time for our next flight to Sri Lanka. Trivandrum (the city of the sacred snake) is quite a city. One cannot say it's beautiful, but there is something to it. It's bustling with activity and seems to have a higher cultural level than the rest of India (could it be due to its communist gobernment?). We were surprised to come across book fairs and handicrafts fairs. We only had one afternoon in Trivandrum, so we took the opportunity to visit Sri...

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