We’re now in the very south of India in the communist state of Kerala, it’s really strange that only one state is communist, but you know when you’re here as there’s red flags (with the hammer and sickle) everywhere! I should wear my Che Guevara t-shirt but it’s far, far too dirty, as are all my clothes. I especially bought a new t-shirt in Goa as i had no clean ones left. I really, really need to do some washing!!
The train journey down from Goa was interesting, the trains departure in Goa was delayed by a few hours, but we got chatting with a number of people and the time flew. We traveled pretty much 3rd class, but it was an experience, cockroaches crawling around, handcuffed criminals and begging lepers! I would call that exciting. We met some other travelers in the same carriage and had a bit of sing along (accompanied by a mandolin and Buddhist hand bells), that got most of the carriage involved, or at least starring.
We’re now in Alleppey which is a small town/village that pretty much leads straight into the extensive backwaters. We rode through the quiet backroads today on bicycles, and relaxed as the palm trees and the river side went past. It’s absolutely stunning, and is just how i imagined Kerala to be.
Tomorrow we’ve hired a houseboat that will take us further into the watery landscape for 22 hours, which will mean that we sleep onboard, it’s by far the most expensive thing we’ll do in India but it’s a must do thing, and we are looking forward to a relaxing journey watching the mangroves and small villages go by, especially as we’re starting to feel like endurance travellers!