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Day 18-20 Cherai BeachCherai, India Cherai, India A dreary, overcast day in Fort Kochi sets us on our way to our final destination, a beach side home stay on Cherai Beach, a strip of land north of Cochin that divides the warm Arabian Sea and the Backwaters. We take the 3 rupee ferry to Vypin… Continue reading Day 18-20 Cherai Beach
Day 17: Fort KochiFort Kochi, India Fort Kochi, India A boat ride to Aleppy and bumpy public bus brings us back to the outskirts of Fort Kochi and the White Rose Hotel, a more basic affair than any of our previous lodgings, but conveniently central. Mid-afternoon many cafés and shops are closed early for Xmas.… Continue reading Day 17: Fort Kochi
Day 16: Kerala BackwatersAlappuzha, India Alappuzha, India Our cars take us downhill from Kumily past steep pepper and coffee plantations, to lower tea plantings. We stop for a photo op at Pattumala Matha, a picture-postcard church on hilltop with disco lights illuminating a smiling Mother Mary inside, and a bizarre concrete tree under construction outside… Continue reading Day 16: Kerala Backwaters
Day 15: Periyar Nature ReserveKumily, India Kumily, India The Periyar Nature Reserve entrance is packed with rows of tour coaches, cars and vans. Noisy crowds gather and the chance of seeing any wildlife on our planned nature walk seems unlikely. But, once past the opportunistic macaques, the animal sculptures and tortoise-shaped stores, most of the… Continue reading Day 15: Periyar Nature Reserve
Day 14: Madurai to PeriyarKumily, India Kumily, India Dominating Madurai is the 17-century temple complex of Meenakshi Amman. With a kaliedoscopic, pyramidal gopuram (tower) of painted sculptures at each axis, and large columnated corridors around a central shrine to Shiva, this is a place to spend a day in. As an active place of worship,… Continue reading Day 14: Madurai to Periyar
Day 13: MaduraiMadurai, India Madurai, India After a fair continental breakfast in a Puducherry bread store we scoot to the less busy Villupuram to catch the train to Madurai. Once again we set off the alarms in the station bag scanners, to zero interest from the station staff. In the waiting room we get chatting… Continue reading Day 13: Madurai