Trip Start Feb 15, 2006
164Trip End Feb 16, 2007
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The accommodation in our guide book isn't very imaginable so we trust a rikshaw driver (for the first time ever) to find us some where to stay and he comes up trumps on his 3rd attempt at the Heritage Home. It's beautiful wooden cottage with open air bathroom at the back of a small guest house. We dump our bags and go in search of food.
As nice as the cottage is we hadn't planned on sharing it with the biggest cockroaches I have ever seen! Ben thinks it's hilarious; as he tries to catch one it flies into me on the bed
Today we look at Rice boats as we plan to spend a few days on the water but we are unsure which to book as we have spoke to people who have been seriously ripped off. Most of the boats were two bedrooms and as nice as they were they were just too big for two people. We eventually find a small, perfect boat with an upstairs deck. It's the best we have seen so we discuss price and the menu since I'm such a fussy eater. We set sail tomorrow at 11am. We take a stroll to the beach which is deserted and there isn't much to do except go to the secret beach which can't be that much of a secret since 8 people stopped and asked if we wanted to go. We head back to our room.
We arrive at the boat early with beers in hand and settle in. The small out board engine starts and the captain pushes us away from the waters edge and we set of on our two day voyage of the back waters.
As we pass the place where the snake boat race culminates and see a new stand is being built, wish we could be here in August to see all the fun
Breakfast is ok but I miss my cornflakes and now that the cook has mastered the art of coffee we drink several cups while the captain gets us ready to set sail. Ben and I spend the whole day playing cards on the bed up front and the captain tells us we can sleep out here tonight. We eat, drink and have a relaxing day and sleep under the stars. It rains about 5am and the covers come down so we don't get too wet.
We head back to where we started and wait for the boat to take us to Kollam.
To be continued. . . . .