Hey all! Hope ur all well.
N: Thank you Faye and Claire, Jem etc it was great to hear from you, glad Im not missing much back home!! Oh, hope u feel better Mona!
D: Thanks Anisha P, Rav and Hari for the comments too. Rav glad theyre keeping you busy at wrk at least tht way u miss me more ;-)
We're still doing well here in the Desh. We finished Bangalore by shopping on Commercial Street. We did little in Bangalore really as it was the 'r and r' part of the trip.
We left Bangalore for Kerala - though we had considered not going initially because people made it out to sound as though we'd die from heat exhaustion and/or bake to death there. We decided to go anyway lol.
With no regrets we'd like to add! Even before we landed we could see lush green mountains and tea gardens, and then the lighthouse beach in Trivandrum came into sight. Amazing, no other word for it (ull see from our pics!)
At the airport in Trivandrum we sorted out a tour itinerary with the KTDC for the next 9/10 days -we aimed to do as much as we could.
First on the list was two nights at a Kovalam Beach Resort - cost us a pretty penny, but it was worth it. We lazed on the beach and the like.
We then left for Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu for a night's stay. Kanyakumari is basically the Land's end of India - where the Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea meet. We arrived at our hotel which was literally at the water's edge. The seas looked spectacular and we did loads of touring that day and ended it having a paddle in the tri-seas. We like the thought of having had a paddle in three seas at once :p. we finished the day off by watching the sunset there.
We returned to Trivandrum the next day to spend two days in the city's heart. We went to the Zoo!! lol yay We saw a range of animals (obviously tis a zoooooo) like bears, tigers, leopards, crocs etc.
We then left for Allapuzha to spend the day and one night on a houseboat! how romantic loooolll. It was really fun, u just sat there taking in the views - definately something we'd do once and it was serioulsy memorable and fun, but we wouldnt do it again. lol (it cost us an arm and a leg, but thats not the reason...) Our boat dude put on desi music whislt we watched thunder and lightening in the horizon (after we saw the sunset...again).
The following day we left for Thekkady and spent two nights there. We saw a Kathakali performance and the ancient martial arts of Kerala. We didnt understand the Kathakali dance - it boggled our brain a liccle but we got over it when we had dessert. We also went to a spice garden where we felt clever because we knew what most of the spices were lol.
The following day we went for a boat ride in Periyar lake - very pretty lake, saw loads of animals and birds...we werent warned it was a two hour ride though and we felt a liccle sleepy in the heat...
after that we went to the pEriyar museum and saw loads of dead stuffed animals and jars full of dead animals and their parts. THe best one was a squished monkey lol TO be honest it looked like a mad scientists lair than a museum. A lot of stuff that should not have been decaying - was.
Following day we left for Munnar - which is a famous hill station known for its tea plantations. We once again paid through our teeth for this lodge in the Balckbery Hills Hotel - but we forgot all that t when we saw our room and the view from it.
It was great sitting on the various benches in our hotel at night watching the clouds creep in until we were in them we guess lol. We saw fireflies flying around us against the thick mist which looked great, we tried taking pics but didnt get very far unfortunately.
THe next day we went to the National Park and saw the endangered Nilgiri Tahe (mountain goat) and the landscape from there was really pretty just like at the places weve been too so far. We went to the Tea Museum and saw the tea making process (were experts on it now if you cared to know more lol). We headed to various dams which provided more scenery, but we werent bored of all that and parks and an Echo point.
We left Munnar this morning, saying goodbye to the cool home-like weather to Cochin where were now baking our socks off. literally. lol. (Dip's socks have a hole in them - she says accident, i say ventilation). THe place looks cool so far, well spend the next two days sight seeing before we head off to Goa.
We cant believe a month's gone by! We dont want to come back quite simply lol. Having too much fun, we just hope the next two odd weeks go very very slowlyyyyy.
Take care u guys! Hope ur all doing something constructive with your time! we're sending our best!
N & D
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