Varkala to Fort Cochin

Trip Start Feb 16, 2010
Trip End Jun 04, 2010

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Flag of India  , Kerala,
Wednesday, May 5, 2010

After the backwaters trip I headed back to Varkala Beach where I met a bunch of people from the Sivananda Ashram. I was able to share a room with a friend and ended up only having to pay rs 100 ($2) a night! We stayed at Little Tibet which is also a restaurant and has very good Tibetan food. My days consisted of morning yoga (rs 200 or $4.5), breakfast (usually egg, toast and tea), shopping or walking up and down the trail, lunch (an assortment of Indian food with chai tea), internet (to escape the heat), beach time, dinner (usually some sort of Indian fish dish) and drinks at the Chill Out Lounge. Varkala Beach is very touristy but a great place to hang out and catch up. Its also nice because you can were sun dresses, tank tops, skirts, bikinis and not have to worry about offending anyone. Of course you have to get use to the Indian men staring but it feels more annoying than dangerous. After a few days I started to feel ready to travel on and see more of India. From here I met a few people who also wanted to travel up north so we bought ourselves train tickets and made our way to Fort Cochin.

After a short taxi ride to the train station, a 4 hour train ride, another short taxi ride, a ferry ride and one short rick shaw ride we land in the heart of Fort Cochin. Fort Cochin is a peninsula off of Kochin. Fort Cochin is full of historical sites where you can find giant fishing nets influenced by Chinese merchants, Jew Town which houses a 16th-century synagogue, Portuguese houses, lots of art galleries, ancient mosques and really good Indian food. I was able to catch a Kathakali performance which is a play based on the Hindu epics the Ramayana, Mahabharata and Puranas. The actors express the story not through words but by applying dramatic make-up to the face and creating different facial expressions and particular hand movements, or mudras, and body movement. Drummers and singers also play with the actors. The costumes were very dramatic! 

Tomorrow I will take a bus to Munnar AKA The Sound-of-Music-in-India (as far as the scenery). Stay tuned...

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