Trivandrum, Allepy and Kochi
The Indian adventure began with a short stopover in Chennai airport where we waited for a transfer to Kerala. The capital of Kerala is the almost unpronounceable Thiruvananthapuram. The locals got a great laugh out of us trying to ask directions to it!
Fortunately, it is locally referred to as Trivandrum which made things slightly easier for us.
After a few days getting used to madness that is India, we made our way north up the coast to the smallish town of Allepy. This is the gateway to the famous "Backwaters" of Kerala. A huge network of canals that can be navigated by boat, or if you wanted to, you could stay on a houseboat and be entertained by the locals who live on the Backwaters. We decided on the first option and took a half day trip with a helpful guide.
There's an annual dragon boat race that was due to start around the time we were there. This race is famous world wide and people come from all around to watch along with tourists. We were lucky enough to pass one particular boat in training. Very serious stuff!
We made our way north to Kochi. It's a nice town with a walled Fort area remaining from historic trading with the Portugese, Dutch and English. There were real European influences here with several Christian Churches, streets named after familiar saints and a lot of European looking buildings. The locals still used these massive Chinese Fishing nets for catching fish.
Ruth started acting the maggot one of the nights and Ultan felt he had to put her in place and show her who's the boss.
Result of which is below....
Took a few days to heal but her beautiful boat-race is back to normal now! That'll learn her!
Onward north to Goa!