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Day 10 - Allepey

sunny 34 °C

The last of our relaxation days today before some full on touring of the Kochi and the North coming up. A sleep in is much needed and an intended celebration with some cold beer is on the agenda tonight at the Harbour Restaurant on the beach.

After a late start at 10:30 and a sit around in the Homestay courtyard we head across the road for my first 'real' coffee at this run down cafe on the canal. Tits looks like nothing from the outside but they have an amazing Italian coffee machine and make such nice coffee - or maybe it's just been to long since I have had a nice coffee.

Second order of business after a nice wake up is locating an ATM. Unfortunately all five we tried wouldn't dispense cash or are out of order. So might have to wait for Kochi.

After a long walk though to back streets visiting local shops and seeing the residential quarter it's quite remarkable to see the locals enjoying food and children playing in the streets - most say they are heading to the beach for sunset and it seems everyone here is relaxed - reminds me of home.

The afternoon hits and we hire a small boat to take use down he backwaters of Kerala. There are some massive houseboats here with up to seven bedrooms aboard and they are impressive in stature. The backwaters are breathtaking - waterfront houses in amongst the huge chain resorts. Fisherman, on the shore with hand lines infront of Vodafone billboards and all a clash of two different worlds.

After a couple of hours cruising the canal. We head for the beach and getting some cold beer on a hot day. For dinner it's Chicken Manchurian and a Pea and Mushroom Masala with Chipatis and Poories. Don't forget the beers - the Kingfisher (best bear in India) is flowing tonight.

Posted by lee_1986 21:18 Archived in India Tagged india kerala backwater alleppey

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