2 years ago Karen and I spent 6 magical weeks exploring the West Coast of India, from New Delhi all the way down to Kerala. We enjoyed elephant rides, boat trips and palace visits and ate probably some of the best food that has ever been put in front of us. We also witnessed a […]
Some of our highlights of India. We spent 6 weeks on the sub-continent exploring every nook and cranny (and bowl of Dhali) You can read about each moment here.
… Of our stream! Our penultimate stop in India was the backwaters in Kerala. The main hub and best chance to get a houseboat was in a town called Allepey. In order to avoid the weekend rush we waited until the Sunday to take a boat. This left us with 2 nights to fill. After […]
Hurrah hurrah! We had arrived early in Thekkady – a town that straddles Periyar National Park. Today it encompasses over 925 square kilometres of forests, plains and wetlands and is the product of years of organic growth and conservation starting in the 1930s as a simple effort to stop the encroachment of tea plantations near […]
184.108.40.206.5 Early morning mist came flooding down the mountains as we tucked into our “Wonderful” Toast. I say Toast.. Slightly warmed bread is a better description. We decided to take our hosts advice and get 2 buses to Kumily and bypass the need to go into Munnar (and add 2 hours to our journey) “Come […]
The next stop on the Kerala tour were the hills of Munnar and it’s numerous tea plantations. Situated 1,600 metres above sea level in the Western Ghats mountain range it home to some of the world’s highest tea-growing estates and these surround the villages and towns of Munnar like a besieging army. Our day started […]
Our next stop was Fort Cochin in Kerala. A few days earlier we had emailed a homestay we had found online called Beena’s. We later found out how lucky we were to get a room here as this place was a Traveller’s Choice Winner on TripAdvisor the last 3 years. It didn’t take us long […]
We left sleepy Hampi at 8.45pm on the over night bus to Bangalore, which will be referred to as the ‘Benga Bus’. This was after the most terrifying rickshaw ride. Under the cover of darkness and on an empty tank of petrol we were taking on the lumps and bumps of the mean back roads […]
They were just Lanterns in the Dark!! We lit lanterns on the beach Palolem on our final night to celebrate Karen’s birthday and the newly engaged status.
Here are some more wedding pictures:
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!” Nothing beside remains. Round the Decay. 1336 Telugu Prince Harihararaya chooses Hampi as his new Capital city of the Vijayanagara Empire. Over the next couple of centuries it grows into the largest Hindu Empires in Indian history. The Portuguese refer to […]
Yet another early start awaited us to make the onward connection to Hampi. The 1 hour taxi ride was uneventful (for a change) and we arrived at Madgoan Railway Station with about 25 mins to spare to wait on our train to Hospet Junction (The main hub for Hampi). Our train rocked up only 5 […]
Palolem was the beach get away we needed after the partying in Mumbai and Baga. Once the effects of the old monk (Rum) had worn off we hit the road in 2 cars – we would be heading to Canacona in South Goa. The journey was Indian driving turned up a notch or 2. We […]
It was an early rise heading to Mumbai airport to catch the venga bus, sorry flight to Goa to celebrate John’s 30th birthday. In our sleepy state we were failing to navigate the busy queues, ended up in the wrong airline queue and persuaded to join a quick queue (soon we realised this was a […]
There was a flurry of activity that morning in Juhu Beach. Last minute shaves were being made. Kurtas were tried on again and coffee was consumed in the local Starbucks. In another part of town, in a market, John was quickly scampering to buy a last minute shirt and tie.. and belt for the evening […]