February 14-17th, 2017
I took an Ola cab from Pune to Mumbai on the 13th and cabs in India are not expensive. I was able to ride 3 hours for about $40.00 Canadian. In comparison, for me to go 40 minutes to the Ottawa airport from my house, it costs me about $60.00 Canadian. I don’t even want to think about how much 3 hours would cost here, I’m getting heart palpitations already! 😛 Then I realized, hey, This Is India!
I met my friend Vineet again because the next day we were heading to Alleppey by train and he was able to have the time to visit some places with me which made it fun not to be on my own all the time. On the 14th, we boarded the train and the trip was going to take roughly 20 hours to get there. Trains in India are not the same as here. They run slower because of the tracks so it takes longer to get there which is ok because there’s more time to look at the scenery and talk. Your seat also becomes your bed so every cabin has bunk beds along with sheets, blankets, and pillows. I liked this idea because I could stretch out my legs the entire trip and not be sitting the whole way. I slept like a baby and workers on the train came around to serve food, chai, and coffee. It was a really great time to experience train travel there. Alleppey is located in Kerala which is more tropical than Mumbai so as we got closer, the vegetation changed and so did the temperature which I loved. Temperatures were at +40 C each day! That’s better than -40 C here in February!
Prior to leaving Canada, I spoke with another friend of mine, Srinath who connected me with his friend Soni who connected me with his friend Binu in Alleppey because Binu owns a houseboat there. And when you go to Alleppey, you have to try a houseboat ride on the backwaters of Kerala. When you board the boat, you are not the only ones out on the water. Numerous houseboats are out at the same time each day showing tourists the beauty of Kerala. The houseboat ride was roughly 6 hours long and lunch and snacks were included. The food was incredible and we docked at lunchtime to eat. Binu was very good at taking great care of us, picking us up and touring around the town. Many thanks to everyone for arranging this day in advance for us.
Alleppey is a nice place that’s not too big, it’s on the Arabian Sea and the water is so warm and clear. The hotel was located right across the street from the beach and it had great views from the restaurant and also very good food. The sunset was amazing and we were lucky to see one on time, so many people were on the beach at that time compared to during the day.
I bought some famous banana chips and managed to bring some home for the kids. I think I liked them more than they did, I’ve never had such great banana chips! This Is India! 🙂
It was great to see the southern part of India and have good company along the way. Thanks for joining me Vineet, I had a great time traveling with you! 😀
On Friday the 17th we went our separate ways because I was flying to Bangalore to see more blogging friends for the weekend! 😉 ❤ Stay tuned for more fun and excitement…
Much Love ❤