From the back waters to lands end
Kovalam Travel Blog› entry 12 of 28 › view all entries
From Goa we headed out to Hampi a large temple complex East of Goa. I think we are beginning to get templed out. The one interesting thing about the area was the amazing rock formations like mountains, huge 20-30 ton boulders all jumbled together. Constance was blessed by an elephant so I suppose she won't have to worry about losing her memory when she gets old. Of course she had to slip the elephant a few rupees. The Hampi Hilton (a division of Exodus International) allowed us to camp on their grounds. For some reason all of the Exodus level hotels also insist on providing free live stock displays at no extra charge.
From Hampi we went to Mysore and saw an amazing palace these Maharaja guys liked their creature comforts. Constance was on cooking duty that night and went to the market to personally attend to the death of six chickens. Unfortunately it was a late dinner that night as we had a bit of a mishap with the truck.
We arrived in Kovalam yesterday, after probably one of the sweatyist drives we have ever been on, the humidity is at least 110%. So it feels like, maybe 45 above. We are heading down to the beach after this entry, and as soon as the sun loses a bit of intensity. Earlier this week we spent a day and night on a house boad cruising through the back waters of Kerela state. Eight of us from the truck on the house boat, yes we took all the people that snore. (that should read men that snore) Picture luxurious green rice paddies, water lilies, water hyacinths, and fishing eagles, and white egrets looking for bugs. The back waters are a vast series of fresh water canals, some man made, some natural. These serve as highways and irrigation systems, laundry tubs and bath tubs for the people who live there. Doug and I chatted with a farmer( his name was Rani) as he made a fence out of green willow sticks and coconut fibre rope. He owned the rice paddies around his house and had cows and chickens. No car, but then there are no roads here. He was a Christian too. There is a lot more Catholic Churches here in Kerela state, and we saw our first Orthodox church here in the back waters too, St.. Thomas Orthodox Church, unfortunately we couldn't get close to it. Our crew aboard the house boat cooked us our meals, and waited on us and drove the boat. We may have had the snorers, but we also had the partiers too. The beer drinkers were in fine form, luckily the beer was strong 8% and they all fell asleep by midnight.
Of interest to the Saskatchewanites reading this, we also spent a couple of days in Cochin, yes Cochin, India. It was a fort city, and had Jews and later, Dutch and Portugese living there. We visited the oldest synagoge in the Commonwealth countries. Very historic. There are old Chinese fishing nets set up along the shores, that are fixed in place and work on a cantalever system, so I've been told, I can say that the nets go up and down and dip into the water, and that if the fish are swimming passed they might get caught. There are a lot of churches there as well and a high portion of the population is Christian, they were even putting up Christmas trees in the lobby of our hotel. One could almost forget what time of year it is, if it weren't for those small reminders. By the way, if you are ever in Cochin ...India, don't send your laundry out to be washed, because the laundry won't get washed but they will charge you. Luckily Doug went and kicked some butt with they staff and got most(but not all) of his money back. Believe me those clothes were dirty!!