Beach resort in India

Trip Start Aug 27, 2011
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Trip End Jun 01, 2012


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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Varkala, India - The train to Varkala was only 8 hours long and we caught a day train, again we enjoyed teas, biriyani and snacks. We were on a waiting list again but still managed to find some seats. On the way to the beach, we passed a local celebration and had to park while elephants were walking up the road, amazing!!



We were lucky to find a beach side guesthouse overlooking the sea and seeing as the season was coming to an end very quickly, we found a wonderful room at a fair price. It has been a long time since I slept so close to the sea, and the waves crashing on the beach send one to sleep in such harmony.

Varkala was very hot. The beach was not as clean as the ones in Sri Lanka. We took time to explore the area and were alarmed to notice that one restaurant we passed on the first night, was no longer there but had been replaced by smouldering ashes! A nearby market caught fire and spread to the wooden structure of the restaurant. Lots of local residents tried to help and two British people later the next day held a collection for the market people and restaurant.



The beach is of significant importance as it is used as a holy beach. We were fortunate to stumble across a funeral taking place. A ceremony takes place on the beach, one man walks to the sea with other in tail with ashes on his head and then he turns his back to the sea and drops the ashes in. Normally only males attend as it is not appropriate for there to be tears or emotions, so in this culture, the women are kept at home during their time of mourning. It was interesting to witness, but still incredibly sad to watch.

We spent the rest of the time eating in tasty restaurants, enjoying pancakes for breakfast and I even found a tailor to fix three pairs of trousers for me.

We left Varkala for a short ride up to Kollam. In Kollam we explored the backwaters on an afternoon tour. Wonderful scenes that I am unable to share with you at the moment. I did find a chicken Shwarma that night and enjoyed the kebab style food.

Next day we took a train to Kochi to see the old fort, Chinese style fishing nets and selected some fresh fish which was cooked at a local restaurant.

The next part of the journey involved a ten hour train to Bangalore, then a two hour stop over before a night train to Hospet. We were heading for Hampi. To get to Hampi we caught a local bus then a small boat to cross the river.



Sadly, my time with Sonja came to an end in Hampi. I thank her for the great times that we had together and I wish her well and safe travels for the rest of her time in India. She is a wonderful person to spend time with and very inspiring as well. Just check out her travel website

www.necrotravel.com

As for me, this is my last blog now while I continue to travel. My camera card reader no longer works so I am unable to upload any pictures to the blog. I also need to regroup after coming off such a wonderful high over the last 6/7 weeks. I promise to update the blog once I return to the UK.

Thank you so much if you have been reading my blog. I'm sorry for the negative nature of my blogging over the last few months, I think I need to try reacquire my love for travel and have some crazy adventures to tell you about. Thank you if you have also made a comment on my blog. It's truly appreciated and inspires me to continue blogging my trip. I plan on spending some more time in India and find my way home via Qatar and Turkey.

Until the summer, happy travels and take care.

Gingerman
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Comments

charlotte
charlotte on

Anthony aka Gingerman,
It's hard saying goodbye to great people and places, but you can do it, just think you could be approving bank loans (or declining) in England and stuck in an office some place. You are not , you are out there enjoying your life by travelling, I have really enjoyed reading all your blogs. Good luck with the finale of your trip, if you are stopping in Istanbul tell me ahead of time and I will hook you up with my awesome friends there. take care.

mum and andy on

great blogs , we have enjoyed them all and look forward to seeing you in the summer..xx

Andy Horsman on

Hey,
Thanks for blogging your travel adventures, and for allowing us to travel with you, albeit vicariously. It's been great reading and seeing your tales and I'm looking forward to hearing about the rest, once you return.
Cheers,
Andy

Robin Warner on

Really have enjoyed following your journey. I love travel but I have never done anything like this. What a trek!
Great pictures and an entertaining commentary. Glad you got to see the boys at cricket too.

All the best

Pete on

I too have enjoyed reading about the adventures of my little brother. I'm sure you will find you find your travelling mojo again. Trouble is when you hit such a high, the only way is down...Take stock of why you went travelling in the first place and see if those reasons are still the same. Looking forward to seeing you in August. Safe travels Ant.

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