Trip Start Feb 16, 2010
14Trip End Jun 04, 2010
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Amrithapuri, Varkala, Neyyardam
The daily routine at the Ashram starts at 5 AM with Archana or chanting 1000 names of the Divine Mother. After this chai is served. From 6:30 to 7:30 you are requested to meditate. I chose to meditate on the beach so I could hear the waves crashing and soak in the morning rays. At 9 breakfast was served. You would get a metal plate from the high stack of plates then walk down the food line and get served and assortment of foods
I took a rickshaw to Varkala with a few friends I met at the Ashram. I checked into a nice guest house (rs 200 = $5) and spent most of my time at the beach. It's slow season now so a lot of the shops were closed and there weren't a lot of people. It was nice to be able to relax and chill out in this beach town where you can wear western clothes and not feel too out of place. After a few days I decided to head to the Sivananda Ashram for yoga.
From Varkala I took a 2 hour rickshaw ride to Neyyardam. I checked myself into the Ashram. The daily schedule here is a bit more intense than the last Ashram
Before I tell you about the boat tour let me tell you about a day trip I went on with a group from the Ashram. We took a bus to Kanyakmari, the southern most tip of India where the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal meet. This was a very special place to visit and I even got to soak my feet in the water! We toured around and visited lots of temples, saw waterfalls, swam in the ocean and ate yummy food!
On Tuesday me and a few girls from the Ashram rented a houseboat in Kollom and went on an over night tour through the backwaters of Kerala. The houseboat had 2 bedrooms and 2 bathroom, a kitchen (for our hired cook), and a big lounging area. The backwaters are so beautiful! Small and large channels that weave inland through the beautiful small villages
...back to Varkala...
I am happy to say that I am doing really well and staying healthy! I am meeting a lot of nice people from all over the world. I have 1 more month in India and I look forward to each and everyday. I miss and love you all!