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Chris and Charly's Indian Odyssey

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Our special tour of India
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Our odyssey begins with 26 hrs travel

Heathrow, United Kingdom


Indian efficiency started at Heathrow as Jet Airways called Flight Closing and we arrive to a queue of 200 passengers. In the rush we forgot to get suncream, oh bugger - bring on the burn !


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Nice flight, shame about the next 11 hours in Mumbai airport

Mumbai, India


The hours are slowly going by but at least I managed to get free Wifi.



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Finally in Thiruvananthapuram!!

Thiruvananthapuram, India


Finally we have arrived in India after 27 hours non-stop-travelling.

Our second flight to Trivadrum we can barely remember as we slept solidly the whole way; fast asleep before we even set off!

To try and stay awake for as long as possible we decided to go exploring after checking out our new hotel and found a lovely little veggie restaurant after having a couple of drinks

before sleep…

permalink written by  chrischarly on November 8, 2010 from Thiruvananthapuram, India
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Jet-lag...

Kovalam, India


After falling asleep at around 11pm last night; 15 hours later we woke up feeling rubbish as the jet lag has definitely sank in.

By the time we left our hotel it was gone 3pm and the day was almost over . However we still made the most of it enjoying fantastic Indian weather but before we knew it it was 2am and well past bed time.

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A day of exploring

Kovalam, India


Again we over-slept as it had taken hours to finally drift off, but we still had an amazing day exploring Kerola by rock climbing to discover some hidden secluded beaches.

At around 3pm we took a walk up to a lighthouse and climbed to the top to see some breath-taking views.

By the evening we were exhausted and enjoyed a quiet dinner along the coast starving due to having too much fun to eat!!

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Chillies...

Kovalam, India


Today we ate in the true Indian way enjoying a typical local dish ‘thali’ however; I later didn’t find it funny when I chewed on 2 green chillies!! Chris however thought it was hilarious…


but a walk along the beach soon made up for things later.


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Tour around Kovalum

Neyyur, India


This morning we went on a guided tour around Kovalum. However the guide barely spoke any English so the tour didn’t exactly happen, he also got lost many times and tried taking us to the most expensive places so we think he was on commission.

So we ended up finding our own tour for the fraction of the Price and just using him as a driver and left him sulking in the car.

However, we did have a good day going on a small boat tour, to a lion park, a crocodile rehabilitation centre where we went inside the actual enclosure with them, a deer Sanctuary which unfortunately didn’t seem to have any deer in and experiencing our first yet very claustrophobic Indian bus journey.


permalink written by  chrischarly on November 12, 2010 from Neyyur, India
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Moving on...

Varkkallai, India


Deciding that we’ve probably seen and made the most of what is on offer in Kovalum we packed our bags and made our way to Varkala on the train. It was certainly an experience this time travelling 2nd class, but to be honest we enjoyed it, for just 42p per ticket it was a bargain.

When we arrived, after some serious haggling by Chris we managed to get a 2-bedroomed air conditioned cottage for just £5.63 a night! That’s a 10th of the Price of what another couple has just paid, admittedly in a slightly nicer room. As usual we’ve landed on our feet!!


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£4.79 per night!

Varkkallai, India


Today we had a lovely walk exploring Varkala. We are right on top of a Cliff over-looking the beach and it is simply beautiful!

Chris actually managed to haggle further with the manager of the resort we’re staying in as we love it here so much. So we’ve extended our stay to 5 nights and are now paying £4.79 a night, although it does make me cringe when Chris starts bartering.

permalink written by  chrischarly on November 14, 2010 from Varkkallai, India
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A tour around Varkala

Varkkallai, India


In the search to find somewhere to post a package we managed to go exploring Varkala twice in one day, travelling using the local transport an auto-rickshaw.

Although no one in India has any knowledge of the highway code it was great fun!

permalink written by  chrischarly on November 15, 2010 from Varkkallai, India
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