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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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May 12, 2019 - Sea day #372 no D says just #12

We are in the Indian Ocean going around the bottom India near Sri Lanka. When we get to the Andaman Sea we will be close to our destination of Penang Malaysia. There’s some “rock the baby “ ship motion today. Last night to put the clocks ahead another hour. Soon it will be tomorrow without having yesterday because tonight we will set the clocks ahead yet another hour. While D napped I spent some time researching why the cow became sacred in the Hindu religion. There are lots of explanations not all the same and no beginning that I found....

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May 11, 2019 - Cochin is Mumbai lite

We were out the gangway and on the bus by 8am even with 2 Visa check points. Cochin is hectic but not with the same intensity of Mumbai. The pace is a notch lower. English is used much less in this area of India. There is garbage along every road, building, house, lot, any empty space. We got no answer about some sort of garbage pick up. My impression was it might be available but no one is going to spend money for that service. So hundreds of women were picking up garbage and clearing tall weeds from along side the roads. The government...

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May 10, 2019 - Enrichment speakers can make you scared of other guests.

Tomorrow we will be in Cochin, India & we will present our visas several times again. But I had forgotten the attack on the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in 2008 killing 167 people, many who were tourists, but most were Indian citizens. The man who planned it was a Pakistani-American who had stayed there many times. They can check my visa and put our bags through the scanner all they want. We took pictures of that very hotel that now has a huge addition added to it. This was a Sea day prepare for odd random comments. This ship has soft water and...

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Sep 21, 2018 - Incredible Rickshaw India adventure!

Plus que de longues explications sur ce voyage, ci-dessous notre témoignage que vous pouvez trouver sur le site de "Large Minority". Geraldine, Emmanuelle et Virg sont parties au Kerala pour une aventure en tuktuk dont l'objectif était de relever des challenges chaque jour afin de mieux connaitre les gens, la culture et d'y associer un projet caritatif. Merci encore a tous ceux qui ont contribue. Grace a vous, une communauté a maintenant de l'eau potable! "Incredible Rickshaw India adventure! What a trip! What a crew! What an amazing...

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Apr 4, 2018 - Cochin – Church, Palace and seashore stroll

The Sapphire Princess with 2,600 passengers is in port with us this morning and the locals are setting up merchandise tents on the pier. Yippee, local shopping. Mel's says I cannot buy anyone scarfs. But they are so beautiful! I ended up with a pair of pants with elephants on them. The Princess group looks mostly Americans and about 15 years younger than us, on average. Must be a shorter cruise. Maybe even a few 40 somethings!!! Immigration is just a tab bit easier. First you present your landing permit to the guy at the end of the...

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Apr 4, 2018 - Cochin India

History: Known as the “Queen of the Arabia sea “ Cochin has been a bustling port for more than 1,000 years. Today it is regarded as the worlds leading producer of pepper. So far seen two of four cities on our India stops, Chennai and Cochin, dirty, filthy areas, people rude and don’t wear shoes and appear to avoid bathing. Jury’s still out.

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Feb 7, 2018 - Cochin, Periyar and Allepey

From Coimbatore to Cochin, Periyar, Allepey and Home: 31st January – 8th February. We left the Ooty train and the narrow gauge railway and took a taxi to our serviced apartment in Coimbatore, ready to catch the train to Cochin the next day. It took longer than we thought to reach Coimbitore from Mettapulyam and it was a frightening taxi ride. The driver overtook cars, auto rickshaws, buses and lorries with inches to spare; Jane shouting at him as he pulled out on yet another suicide overtaking mission – all to no avail. I sank into a state...

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Feb 6, 2018 - India Part Two Mettapulyam to Cochin

India Part Two— Mettapulyam to Alleppy, Kochin and Home. And so we move to the final leg of our journey on the West Coast of India into Kerala which I know little about other than catching the odd snippet of the chef Rick Stein cooking in Kerala. We left the Ooty train and the narrow gauge railway at Mettapulyam to overnight in a hotel In Coimbatore ready to catch the train to Kochin sometimes spelt Cochin on the East coast, so completing our journey from the West to the East side of Southern India. Our taxi driver picked us up at the hotel...

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Jane in Asia

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