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Asia » India » Andaman & Nicobar Islands » Port Blair March 8th 2016

When we were doing the research on the Andamans, how to get there etc. we struggled to find any information on how to get the ship there and what it's actually like. This is in keeping with everything about getting to the Andamans. The Indian government really doesn't want this absolute paradise to go the way of Goa, who can blame them!? Since we're budget travellers we wanted to get to Andamans the cheapest way possible, this is by getting the ship from either Chennai, Kolkata or Vishakapatnam. The ship from Vishakapatnam is much more sporadic, and I’ve never heard of the place so obviously there's nothing going on there! According to the guide book and what little information there is online, the ship should sail roughly every two weeks. However, this is India we're dealing ... read more

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Mamallapuram March 5th 2016

Having “three” days to chill before the boat to Andaman we decided to kill the time in nearby Mamallapuram, an hour and a half bus ride from Chennai. Mamallapuram is home to some of the oldest architecture in India, ranging from circa 1500 - 500 years ago. The Pallava dynasty (circa 1000-1200 years ago) had an architectural impact throughout southern India, going north as far as Ellora (Near Mumbai, we'll be heading there on our way north), and due to their excellent maritime capabilities their influence even reached parts of South East Asia. Ankgor Wat in Cambodia (One of the wonders of the ancient world) was influenced by the Pallava dynasty. Although today it's a Buddhist monastery, I believe (I'll find out in a few months time), it was originally built as a Shiva temple. The ... read more

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore March 1st 2016

I'll keep this short as we haven't actually done anything in these two cities... As I mentioned at the end of my last blog, we were heading for Bangalore which is a pretty developed city. We'd read in the guide book that night life was an actual thing there! Which makes a change considering in most cities everything is closed for around 11PM. Apparently micro breweries have become quite popular there too, I say apparently because we didn't see one, despite some searching! We went out a couple of times and found that Indians don't know how to dance in night clubs...they do some really weird stuff, even by my standards. We learned that “dance bars” are actually an Indian take on a strip club/brothel and I vomited AGAIN! (It was from too much Vodka though, ... read more

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bijapur February 22nd 2016

The best place to start this post is the bus journey to Bijapur. We'd booked the bus to leave from Mapusa (the closest town to Anjuna) at 9PM and were due to arrive around 7AM. It is officially a sleeper bus, so you do get a bed, but sleeping on these buses isn't possible! Take into account the natural swaying of the bus, gently rocking you side to side as you go to sleep. That sounds quite attractive to me, slowly drift off to sleep like the baby Jesus, rocking in his manger. In reality, once you factor In the atrocious Indian roads you're spending 10+ hours getting thrown around a mattress (which is actually quite soft, the bed alone is better than most of the beds we've slept in so far), that's barely long enough ... read more

Asia » India » Goa » Anjuna Beach February 22nd 2016

With Dave's stomach finally being stable, we were able to make a break away from Palolem and head somewhere a bit more lively, Anjuna. Apparently the only way to travel around Goa, other than hired vehicles, is the local bus. We had to get four buses, Palolem to Margao (60rs), Margao to Panjim (50rs), Panjim to Mapusa (15rs), then Mapusa to Anjuna (15rs). I've been to Anjuna before on my previous trip and it's the place to be for a young person in Goa. It's one of the only places where music continues to play after the 10PM noise ban. There's a number of clubs down the beach front, Shiva Valley at the end of the beach (the most popular), and Nyex at the top of the beach. We arrived on the 8th, having planned to ... read more

Asia » India » Kerala » Alleppey February 22nd 2016

I'd just like to start this post by giving a massive thank you to Anoop, Arun and their family for letting us stay and looking after us over the past few days. They provided us with some amazing food! Indian food is the best cuisine in the world and when it's home cooked, it's even better. Secondly I want to thank Arun's (Anoop's brother) friends for keeping us occupied, there would've been a lot of boredom and confusion without them. Anoop had loads of things to be doing before, during and after the wedding so we didn't really get the chance to see him properly, so at some point in the next few weeks we'll be heading to Chennai to stay with him again. Anoop was staying at his family's in Kayamkulam, about two hours south ... read more

Asia » India » Goa » Palolem February 14th 2016

Our stop off in Palolem was a welcome one. When we got off the train in Chaudi/Canacona (as if it's not complicated enough finding your way around India, some places have two names) it was around 11AM, and I'd spent 21 of the last 24 hours on various trains, due to having to go back to get my stuff from Kayamkulam! Absolute torture, and for some reason sitting on a train for a three and a half hours to do a journey that took two on the way, is more painful than being on the same train for 15 hours!. The train from Kochi to Goa was around 535rs each (about a fiver) to go 800+km! And that was at a more expensive price (I think) because we bought the tickets tatkal, which means last minute ... read more

Asia » India » Kerala » Munnar January 28th 2016

The trip to Munnar was a mixed bag. The friends we went with were staying in Kochi while we were at the beach and more ideally located for booking and looking into the trip to Munnar. So having looked at all the options, they decided the best value option was to book a package for 2750rs down from 3500rs. This included, or was meant to, the taxi there and back stopping at certain attractions along the way taking about three hours, taxi around when we arrived, a room for the night, three meals, entry into all the attractions, and two hours of trekking. The company told us that they'd pick us up at 7.30AM, after getting our friends at 7AM. An impossible task given that it took an hour to get from Fort Kochi to Cherai, ... read more

Asia » India » Kerala » Kochi January 28th 2016

Kochi We arrived in Kochi with around a week to chill before the wedding, and fully intended to stay there. Little did we know that there's actually ball all to do in Kochi, except drink and eat, not so bad for a holiday but not enough for an adventure. Having checked the guide book for things to do, the most touristy thing was Mattancherry Palace. Quite how this is a Palace I’m not too sure. Built by by the Portuguese in the 1500s as a gift to the Raja of Cochin, but more reminiscent of a community centre built in the 70s. I don't know what the Raja did or said to the Portuguese, but he must've upset them. (Mum, you have no idea how much I had to resist the temptation to swear then!). The ... read more

Asia » India » Kerala » Kochi January 22nd 2016

So I've set off on my second adventure, as you can see by the title I’m going back to India. My mate Dave's coming with me this time so hopefully I can par some of the stress off onto him!. Unlike last time India isn't the final destination, Nepal, Bhutan?, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia are all on the cards, budget dependant of course! Eventually me and Dave will go our separate ways with me going to Aus for a working holiday, and Dave either staying in Asia or going home....I guess it'll depend on how much the lady boys hit his pocket? Haha. We've flown into Cochin, Kerela in the south to start the journey. This has mostly been planned around the fact we're in the area for Anoop's (friend from ... read more

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