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Feb 4, 2019 - Keralan Backwaters Cruise

Drive to Aleppy for Backwater cruise in a traditional rice barge, or kettuvallam. Rice barge is built from Jackfruit logs lashed together with coconut fibre and poled along the river. Kumarakom, an island on Vembanad Lake, is reached by the backwaters. Staying at The Coconut Lagoon on the shore of the lake, only accessible by boat.

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Feb 3, 2019 - Tour Cochin

Tour of Jew Town, St Francis Church and the Chinese Fishing Nets. The synagogue built in 1568, rebuilt in 1664. St Francis Church 1503, first European Church in India built by the Portuguese Admiral Albuquerque. Chinese Fishing nets line N shore of Fort Kochi, gaceful sight suspended from their arched poles. Possible excursions: Dhobi Ghats Kathakali Dance studio.

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Feb 2, 2019 - Coonoor to Coimbatore. Train to Ernakulam, Kochi.

Drive to Coimbatore, second largest city in Tamil Nadu. Rail journey on Ernakulam Express to Ernakulam. Cochin (Kochi): spread across islands between the Arabian Sea and the Keralan backwaters. Evidence of Portuguese, Dutch, British settlers and the Chinese (fishing nets). Staying in Eighth Bastion, set in the heart of Fort Kochi. The ancient streets are home to the Mattancherry Palace, the old spice warehouses, the Jewish Synagogue and many churches.

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Apr 4, 2018 - Cochin India

History: Known as the “Queen of the Arabia sea “ Cochin has been a bustling port for more than 1,000 years. Today it is regarded as the worlds leading producer of pepper. So far seen two of four cities on our India stops, Chennai and Cochin, dirty, filthy areas, people rude and don’t wear shoes and appear to avoid bathing. Jury’s still out.

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Apr 4, 2018 - Cochin – Church, Palace and seashore stroll

The Sapphire Princess with 2,600 passengers is in port with us this morning and the locals are setting up merchandise tents on the pier. Yippee, local shopping. Mel's says I cannot buy anyone scarfs. But they are so beautiful! I ended up with a pair of pants with elephants on them. The Princess group looks mostly Americans and about 15 years younger than us, on average. Must be a shorter cruise. Maybe even a few 40 somethings!!! Immigration is just a tab bit easier. First you present your landing permit to the guy at the end of the...

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Feb 7, 2018 - Cochin, Periyar and Allepey

From Coimbatore to Cochin, Periyar, Allepey and Home: 31st January – 8th February. We left the Ooty train and the narrow gauge railway and took a taxi to our serviced apartment in Coimbatore, ready to catch the train to Cochin the next day. It took longer than we thought to reach Coimbitore from Mettapulyam and it was a frightening taxi ride. The driver overtook cars, auto rickshaws, buses and lorries with inches to spare; Jane shouting at him as he pulled out on yet another suicide overtaking mission – all to no avail. I sank into a state...

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Feb 6, 2018 - India Part Two Mettapulyam to Cochin

India Part Two— Mettapulyam to Alleppy, Kochin and Home. And so we move to the final leg of our journey on the West Coast of India into Kerala which I know little about other than catching the odd snippet of the chef Rick Stein cooking in Kerala. We left the Ooty train and the narrow gauge railway at Mettapulyam to overnight in a hotel In Coimbatore ready to catch the train to Kochin sometimes spelt Cochin on the East coast, so completing our journey from the West to the East side of Southern India. Our taxi driver picked us up at the hotel...

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Trip Journal

Jane in Asia

Nov 25, 2017 - Returning to Kattakkada

We have seen Sharon Lumber, Judson Footwear, Brian Agencies, Lawrence Lodgings. Kerala is a state with the Communist Party in power, so we see lots of flags with the hammer and sickle. Heading back to Kattakkada and Sheeja's house, we stopped at the Sujindrum Temple for over an hour. About 1,500 years old, hand carved sandstone, with lots of worshippers. So impressive! Despite the 33 degree temperature, the construction allowed for cool breezes throughout the dozens of rooms, pillars altars, and walkways. Always a melodrama though: as I...

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Nov 24, 2017 - Kanniyakumari

Bags packed. Leaving Kovalum and heading out to pick up the gang at Sheeja's and drive to Kanniyakumari, also known as Cape Comorin. Big waves and jellyfish in the beach water now. Jud got stung about 4 times yesterday and the Russian girl he was with got stung about a dozen times before they could get in. 31 degrees that feels like 38, so cooler today! A day of firsts. First time for me to see a working elephant on the street, as we drove through a small town between Sheeja's town of Kattakkada and our destination on the southern tip of...

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Nov 23, 2017 - Birthday

Today is Brian's 69th birthday, and our last day at Kovalum Beach. The twins have had bad head colds and Brian woke up needing a Sudafed first thing. Enough!!! It seemed to work and he's up for what the day might bring. We are taking Jud to see the old house that the family lived in up until last month - a concrete box with an outhouse and well, but with a decent yard, in a rabbit warren of Muslim houses, and Sheeja's family are Hindu. Later we'll have a visitation by some of Vasu's relatives, who have apparently just started speaking to...

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Nov 22, 2017 - Elephants

Today both Brian and Jud are feeling healthy. Thank goodness. Both have energy and are feeling positive. It is about 36 degrees, or will be later, and overcast. The weather network say 36 but feels like 41. In this humid, oppressive heat, we decided we needed to find an ATM in order to pay the driver, and for incidentals. We were told to walk in a certain direction and ended up having to walk the entire length of the beach, around a corner, up some steps, up a hill and panting heavily came to one -- but not working! Directions from many men...

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Nov 21, 2017 - Dentist

The last two nights we have had fantastic displays of sheet lightening, thunder, and heavy rains. So happy it's taking place at night and we are settled in by then. A report by the charity group WaterAid for World Toilet Day on Sunday said that more than 700 million Indians still suffer the indignity of relieving themselves in the open, or using unsafe toilets. My brother sent me this quote after seeing a report about a government minister caught relieving himself in a field on World Toilet Day that has gone viral over here. There is a...

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