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Jan 8, 2014 - First glance at India

Kelsey and I landed in Kochi, India and instantly take a 6 hour bus south. The city around is scarce compared to the U.S. Roads are merely sprinkled with huge billboards that only have about 3 different advertisements. Most immediately I notice the piles of trash strewn around and the scattered cows that roam. Trash just piles around here and then people burn it to get rid of it or the free roaming cows come by and have their fill on it. As I'm sure most of you know, cows are a worshiped God here in India and therefor not eaten or harmed...

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Oct 4, 2013 - 4 October - Varkala

Here we are in our flash resort on the southern coast of India, living like royalty. The resort has a huge pool plus an Ayurvedic massage centre and of course a pretty good restaurant. It's a 5 minute walk from the coast. The beach is too rough and dangerous for swimming, but the clifftop walk is lined with restaurants, bars and shops selling all the touristy things - baggy pants, T shirts, embroidered bags etc. We are here for 3 nights and it's good to relax after the hectic pace of our trip. We are now over halfway, with around 5 weeks...

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Sep 26, 2012 - Land HO!!!!!!

Well what do you know? I have finally reached land!! Took me long enough, right?! I am in the city, Varkala, district Kerala, in the country India! I see many trading posts, so guess what I'm going to do..? Yes, I will be trading! There is something called tea..? I heard it is a liquid drink, that helps you feel better if you are ill, or just want to drink it. I love the people here They are kind to you, no matter what..! This is my last blog, unfortunately :( I hope everyone enjoyed reading my blogs with this voyage!!!(: My voyage today,...

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Feb 13, 2011 - Varkala

Stayed in beautiful Varkala for way longer than anticipated. Due to cliffs which hang over Indian Ocean, so clean, so lovely for swimming, so inviting for reading and writing. And due to yoga every day and learning the Indian way of yoga. Eating good food and meeting other travelers. Felt so productive, but yet, not much to report. Funny how travel works like that. Lost a bit of momentum here. And enjoyed every minute of it. Finished up here with a temple festival, full of elephants, drummers, puja (offerings) by young girls dressed to the...

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Eva's Big Adventure

Feb 13, 2011 - Life on the Varkala Cliff

Today we decide to take the easy option by getting a car from Kollam to Varkala. After an excellent breakfast our driver picks us up from our romantic shack where we had spent a lovely night sleeping to the sound of the waves outside. We arrive at Varkala and enter a strange cliff colony of would be hippies and holiday makers. The main event is all along the cliffs above lovely sandy beaches - a narrow lane with shops on one side and a 200 foot drop to certain death on the other and no fence; Varkala is not for the faint hearted or...

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Where's Jolly?

Jan 2, 2011 - Varkala

I have had an interesting time so far in Varkala. It is a beautiful place. The beach is actually fronted by huge cliffs, and all the hotels and restaurants are on the cliff looking down on the beaches and rocks. The sunsets are lovely. I have made a new friend. Nawaz. Why is it that I keep meeting Kashmiri men? Anyway, I moved into a very nice looking little cabin and I was content with it. I went back to it last night and after I had showered and was getting ready for bed I saw a couple of cockroaches. And then I saw a couple of more. I...

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Kia Shnette 2010

Dec 10, 2009 - Varkala

Long and horrible overnight train to Varkala. Cockroaches crawling everywhere and so bold they were on the walls, sheets, everything. Thankfully we had our mosquito nets to protect ourselves. Truly gross!!! Will never get used to this inevitable part of tropical climates. Arrived in the middle of the night to Varkala, where we have spent a week relaxing, reading, eating seafood every night and trying to make up for this with morning yoga. Stinking hot, but beautiful anyway (for non-beach, heat-hating folk, we are spending a lot of time in...

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Aug 27, 2009 - Ooty - Combaitore - Varkala

G'day, It has to be said that India is a must see as it does not matter how many times you visit or where in this country you travel it is more than incredible at every turn. We left Ooty on the narrow gauge train and as luck would have it Jess and I got the last two tickets at the rear of the train in the brake carriage. The train journey takes three and a half hours to wind its way down the mountain. In thirty six kilometres a descent of over seven thousand feet. (I can't wait to see the photos on the computer at home and load some of...

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Apr 6, 2009 - Beach Day in Varkala

It is around 10 at night, and i'm writing today's entry from the comfort of an air conditioned internet cafe here in Varkala. After leaving the beach at dusk, I joined a couple of the guys from my overland group for a couple of Kingfishers - India’s most popular beer - and dinner. Afterwards, I came here. In short, it was a day of not doing a whole lot in particular, but one well spent... After breakfast, I descended the cliff to the beach and spent a couple of hours bodysurfing before the searing sun drove me to one of the many cliffside...

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Break From the Law

Apr 4, 2009 - Drive from Alappuzha to Beach Town of Varkala

After a peaceful night’s sleep on the houseboat, which had been moored along the river since late afternoon yesterday, I woke up at the crack of dawn and spent a fair while observing local life from the boat: women washed clothes in the water, and local men paddled by in canoe-like boats carrying produce. Good morning Kerala! Any tourists going to Kerala should definitely seize the opportunity to do an overnight boat cruise in Kerala’s backwaters to catch a glimpse into the local way of life. It is quite a relaxing experience, but for me,...

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Break From the Law

Mar 31, 2009 - A most unusual breakfast

After a morning walk and a massage I'm in the habit of sitting down to a long, leisurely breakfast. It usually involves a pot of masala tea. The tea is a mixture of black tea, cardamon, cinnamon and other spices. Bliss. As I was sipping my tea and watching the Arabian Sea waves crash against the cliff a black cat sat next to my chair. Unlike the Middle East there aren't many cats here so black cats visit was a pleasant surprise. This cat even brought me a present -- a dead mouse. I haven't been serenaded with a dead mouse in 15 years. Once...

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Mar 17, 2009 - Massage Paradise

After leaving the school in Virudhungar I traveled to Madurai. My Lonely Planet raved about the temple there. Well, I think the temple would be fabulous if it weren't under layers of bamboo scaffolding. I quickly left and headed south to Kanikumari. Beautiful place. There's a huge statue and a temple on islands set in the sea. There are ferrys to the islands but the water was rough and I get motion sickness. I decided to visit the on land temple instead. I removed my shoes and got in line. I began talking to three young men on vacation...

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