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February 8th 2013
Published: February 9th 2013
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As our month in India draws to an end we cannot believe how quickly the time has passed but we are looking forward to the antipodean leg of our journey. On the 10th we fly from Kochi to Singapore via Chennai (Madras) and we are looking forward to staying with friends from Much Wenlock, Bill and Astrid, for two days until we carry on to Adelaide.

Our Indian road trip around Rajastan was followed by a short visit to Amritsar before we flew south to Kerala. At Fort Cochin we found a small town with aspects that appeal to travellers like internet cafe, bookshops, rooftop restaurants and giftshops for me to browse! There we discovered India's first Biennale, a modern art exhibition and a cultural centre where we watched the traditional theatrical dance called Kathikalli. We successfully negotiated our first Indian train trip to Alleppey where we found our 6 bedroom Casa Maria Hotel. Our room overlooks the sea and we can walk out of the garden onto the beach. Today we spent the time on a small boat exploring the backwaters beyond Alleppey. We have thoroughly enjoyed our travels in India, and are now just over halfway through our trip.


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 Everyday life on the Lal ghat Everyday life on the Lal ghat
Everyday life on the Lal ghat

On this beautiful lake cows lazed, pigs snuffled and locals stripped off to wash clothes and themselves!
 View of our hotel Picholli Havelli View of our hotel Picholli Havelli
View of our hotel Picholli Havelli

The top left hand corner shows the roof top terrace where we watched the sun set.
Lake PalaceLake Palace
Lake Palace

Now an extremely expensive hotel part of the Taj chain


9th February 2013

Hi from Di
Hi to you both. Great to get your blogs and loads of photo's; I like the one on Diana's seat - very appropriate with Valentine's day approaching! Make sure you get plenty of both of you together on the rest of your travels. India looks beautiful and very diverse. I heard you were dropping in to Bill and Astrid's in Singapore - have fun. Michael gets home on 10th April, not long now. safe travelling. xx
12th February 2013
Sitting on Diana's seat- we had to!

Brilliant - have fun in Oz!

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