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Asia » India » Kerala » Kollam November 11th 2006

Back on the move after being laid low for 24 hours thanks to a bad pineapple juice. Didn’t / couldn’t get out of bed Wednesday but managed to get some food down Thursday and make the early morning ferry out of Cochin. Caught the Kottyam train from Ernakulam Junction and got to Kottayam jetty about 1.00pm. The last boat of the day to Alleppey, where I was headed, wasn’t due until 3.30 so I spent two and a half hours baking in the concrete cube of a waiting room. The state run boats form the main public transport of the backwaters, ferrying the country folk and their goods between the local villages; fares are cheap, the ticket for the 2 ½ hour journey cost me 11 rupees (about 13p), for that you get a seat and ... read more
Oh no I've copped for the school bus
Take my photo please..
Backwaters Kottyam

Asia » India » Kerala » Kollam November 6th 2006

Enjoy the ambiance of a traditional Kerala house in the banks of the cool and calm Kumarakom backwaters. Tharavadu (means ancestoral house in Malayalam) Heritage Home is a 120 years old traditional Syrian Christian family house located near the river bank. The recently renovated house is surrounded with small canals and rich lush evergreen trees, flanked on the opposite river bank with a traditional Hindu temple. Kumarakom is a part of the Kuttanadu region on the Vembanadu Lake. The promoters are keen to provide eco friendly services and a big NO to plastics.The property Tharavadu Heritage Home is designed in unique Syrian Christian Architecture, consist of Main Heritage Block, Twin Cottages, Ayurveda Centre, Dining area, office building, Children play area etc. which surrounded by Greenery and Eco Friendly environment. Kumarakom : 13 Kms, from Kottayam lies ... read more
Heritage Villa
Guests at Tharavadu

Asia » India » Kerala » Kollam November 2nd 2006

so, gestern war es nun soweit, die maedels und ich haben uns auf ein hausboot geschwungen und sind von allepey in richtung backwaters gestartet. das wetter war grandios, die fahrt und der damit verbundene stress eher weniger, 5:30 uhr tagwache, um 6 uhr sind wir von einem pseudotaxi abgeholt worden und von varkala bahnhof dann nach allepey geduest. dort angekommen sind wir aufs boot mit einer rickshaw gebracht worden. um 12 uhr haben wir endlich abgelegt, 22 stunden backwaters bei traumhaftem wetter standen uns bevor. der ausblick und die ruhe, ein traum. ich kann jedem, der mal in der gegend ist, eine backwatertour mit einem hausboot empfehlen, die bilder sprechen fuer sich. zum mittagessen und abendessen haben wir immer gestoppt, einmal hat mich der bootsfuehrer gefragt, ob ich kokosmilch trinken will, na klar, klautschi ist dabei. ... read more
frecher rabe

Asia » India » Kerala » Kollam October 25th 2006

Houseboat Cruise through the backwaters of Kerla is an amazing experience for any Traveller. Backwaters are a network of lakes, canals and estuaries and deltas of forty-four rivers that drain into the Arabian Sea. The backwaters of Kerala are a self supporting eco-system teeming with life. The canals connect the villages together and are still used for local transport. Over 900 km of this labyrinthine water world is navigable. Kuttanadu is the one rare places in the world where farming is done below sea level (1.5 -2 meters below sea level). Inland waterways that flow above the land level is an amazing feature of this land. Kuttanad lies in heart of the backwaters of Kerala. This beautiful countryside with its waterways also is rich in crops like rice, banana, Cassava and yam. The most exciting aspect ... read more
Houseboat on Cruise
Backwater Village
Backwater Village

Asia » India » Kerala » Kollam October 25th 2006

So after plenty of offers we got ourselves a houseboat for the night. Allepey is the main place from which to explore the backwaters of Kerala and known as the Venice of the East we were pretty excited. Our houseboat, or 'rice barge' hand made from wood and bamboo had a covered seating area and bedroom with ensuite bathroom, and came with a driver, an engine man and a personal chef! We set off from Allepey and spent the next 22 hours on the water. We drifted along canals and lakes, lined with palms trees, rice field and villages. It was so peaceful and we were able to watch the villagers going about their everyday work. Women washing clothes or pots in the river, the children washed themselves or played and waved to us whenever they ... read more
Children playing and bathing
Local transport
Captain of our boat

Asia » India » Kerala » Kollam September 27th 2006

We started our Kerala tour in South India by flying in from Dubai to Trivendrum. At the airport we were picked up by our driver Anthony and went to our hotel in Kovalam. We had a wonderful body massage the next morning (massage by hand and feet - believe it (yes it is true). The beaches in Kovalam are quite nice. We also spent a night on the houseboat in the backwaters of Allepy which was well worth it - with all our meals cooked on the houseboat. There was a guide, captain of the boat and a cook to serve us. It was excellent. We then visited Thekaddy & Munaar. Munaar was reached by travelling on narrow hilly roads and world's highest tea plantations are in Munaar. We also saw "Kurunji" flowers that bloom every ... read more

Asia » India » Kerala » Kollam July 14th 2006

"Blood Donors Galore" - That was one of the headlines in the New India Express the day after the Mumbai bombings. I was watching the news pretty much incessantly when it broke. I noticed how different the reporting of this atrocity was from the reporting of 7/7 just over a year ago. At first it was fairly similar - confused reports about blasts, uncertaintly of the timings, steadily escalating death tolls and avoidance of blame. However whilst in London this swiftly changed to finding a culprit (and then shooting the suspect), here the press reports lingered on the gruesomeness of the attack - dismembered bodies, picking up body parts, lost relatives and one little boy who lies unclaimed in hospital. Still over 24 hours later there was no consensus on who may be responsible other than ... read more
kalari boys
fighting at the kalari

Asia » India » Kerala » Kollam July 11th 2006

My moves this week have been mostly dictated by trying to escape from the rain and trying to ensure I find tv (and maybe even beer) to watch the footie. I've managed quite well, mostly thanks to a chance encounter with Katy and Ingvill - 2 MA students from Kings, who also took me to the only proper beach I've seen so far. Of course we couldn't swim in the sea - it was way too rough, but we did managed a couple of cocktails :o). I didn't come 6000 miles to be rained on so I left Kochi and headed South instead of to Goa as planned. I'm now in Trivandrum - Kerala's capital city, and it's surprising to be somewhere that really is a fully fledged city - with shops and highways and people ... read more
chai on the beach
indian religions

Asia » India » Kerala » Kollam April 25th 2006

Took the trip on the backwater cruise which was pretty cool...I hear the public ferry to Kotayam is more scenic, but I wanted to go to the Ashram on the way, so this was the best plan. Met a couple from Hull, who were on a long trip with a plan to get sponsorship to move to Aus. The girl was writing a book about her travels in India, I found it surprising that they didn't want to go to the Ashram to see the more unusual parts of India and get some good stuff for the book....didn't ask about the theme for the book...but maybe I was being a bit predictable with the Ashram story?!? Amma's Ashram was fascinating, she was there which caused a big stir and lots of excitement with the devotees. When ... read more
Backwater highway
Backwater cruising
Somebody else's house boat

Asia » India » Kerala » Kollam April 23rd 2006

I know it's less than 24 hours since my last post, but the backwaters of Kerala are worth a separate entry! Phil and I had been planning to visit the backwaters by taking a public ferry from Kottayam to Alleppey which would have taken about 3 hours. The hiccup was however that we would have had to make our way to Kottayam and from Allepey respectively by train (1,5 hours each way). A lot of hassle it seemed, and we weren't even sure a) what times the ferry would leave b) whether we would get a seat and c) whether the route was of particular interest. So, when we arrived in our hotel in Kochi yesterday and were told that we could take a 7-hour tour from here to the backwaters, it didn't take us very ... read more
The Backwaters
The Backwaters
The Backwaters

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