1 03, 2008

The Ghats

By | March 1st, 2008|Categories: Varanassi|

Woke up around 7 am this morning.. our view is amazing, overlooking the Ghats. Quickly got ready and had breakfast at Hotel Alka.. I had potato paratha and cheese paratha, and a pot of chai (forgot to tell them no sugar.. oh well).. then after we roamed from one end of the ghat to the [...]

29 02, 2008

Mitraniketan Private Funded School – Vellanad

By | February 29th, 2008|Categories: Kerala|

Yesterday morning, I boarded the train to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) at 10:30 am.. About an hour ride.. and I just did not want to get off.. I love train rides, rickshaw rides... You get to see everything!!! The ticket was about $1.50.. when I got off.. I took a rickshaw to (check it out!) ... [...]

29 02, 2008

Alas.. at Peace.. Varanassi

By | February 29th, 2008|Categories: Varanassi|

The flight from Trivandrum to Delhi took about 2-3 hours.. then I got off and had lunch at the nice restaurant lunch buffet upstairs.. it was my first taste of North Indian food although I know it will be much better in the real city.. Walking out of the airport, I was initially searching for [...]

28 02, 2008

Lovely Expat Dinner in Varkala Beach

By | February 28th, 2008|Categories: Kerala|

I've spent 3 nights here and could easily stay longer. Its a lot more modern and catered to tourists but still a peaceful hidden city. I hear Kovalam is over-saturated with tourists and expensive hotels. This hotel here is costing me about 14$ a night. I'm about to check out and board the train to Trivandrum, [...]

27 02, 2008

Blissful Wednesday Morning in Varkala Beach

By | February 27th, 2008|Categories: India, Kerala|Tags: , |

I'm enjoying my days spent here in Varkala, a quaint beach town in the state of Kerala, India. I was awoken before sunrise by the sounds of hawks or some type of larger winged bird flapping, calling in the air. It is certainly the best type wake up call and the most comforting sound early [...]

26 02, 2008

Varkala Beach

By | February 26th, 2008|Categories: Kerala|

I'm here in Varkala.. gorgeous beach, definitely inhabited by tourists, families, couples, backpackers, and catered to tourists.. i like it tho, its peaceful. its the first place where I'm pretty content in being here. Next to backpackers traveling alone... I am envious of the young couples traveling together. That has been added to the ultimate [...]

25 02, 2008

South India Diaries: Leaving the Ashram

By | February 25th, 2008|Categories: Kerala|

I'm currently at Ama's Ashram in Kollam (Quilon). The driver Tomas dropped me off down here as our last stop. I have to say I was teary-eyed to see my companion go. Having spent just a day here, I am getting antsy here at Ama's Ashram. It's no one's fault other than my wanderlust to want [...]

25 02, 2008

Thekkady, India

By | February 25th, 2008|Categories: Kerala|

The Last Night in Thekkady The night before that I met with the 2 Canadians (Geoff & Paul), 2 french girls (Marion & Sarah) and a German gal (Danielle) at a local restaurant.. We asked the man in front if they sold beer, he said no, we asked again, he lured us in.. and in [...]

23 02, 2008

Periyar Wildlife.. Amazing Traveler Friends.. Ayurvedic Heaven

By | February 23rd, 2008|Categories: Kerala|

Last night I took a nature walk through the forest from 7pm-10pm. It was a good way to pass time and exercise since I really haven't done much. I was hoping I'd lose some weight, but so far, I don't think I have. Or maybe I dont notice it. The food has been treating me [...]

22 02, 2008

Kerala Backwater Tour

By | February 22nd, 2008|Categories: India, Kerala|

One of the highlights of traveling to South India is the Kerala Backwater Tour. Arrange a half-day casual tour, a luxury boat or romantic overnight ride. There is a customized tour for any type of traveler. Your hotel can arrange the Backwater Tour for you. Making Friends During my Backwater tour On the way to the [...]