27.12.2011 - 29.12.2011 27 °C
Day 89: Kottayam, Kerala 27/12/11
Up at the crack of dawn to embark on our tour of the backwaters. Definitely worth the early start! The lakes and canals of the backwater are coming to life first thing in the morning and the murky waters and greenery are the setting for waterside homes and people bathing, washing and cooking first thing in the morning. Some of the homes are on islands in the water, with the front step literally conspiring to get you wet the moment you leave the house. The houseboats, fishermen, duck farms and wildlife make this a more than intriguing morning out, and although a backwater boat trip in Kerala is as clichéd as an Irn-Bru swigging, deep fried Mars bar eating Scotsman it is a must do if ever in the state.
Head back, pack our stuff and Gemma orders food. Two and a half hours later the meal still hasn’t arrived. Turns out that the order has been forgotten. Oh well, they get us some lunch eventually.
Take a crowded bus to Kottayam, where there doesn’t appear to be an awful lot. The hunt around for somewhere to stay is not in Thrissur’s league but we eventually find a decent place and settle down for the rest of the evening.
Day 90: Kottayam, Kerala 28/12/11
A day in which we do very little. Surprise, surprise, we watch some movies on the tv before heading for a quick lunch before we ran back to watch the end of Invictus (very good film).
Go to see the sights and attractions of Kottayam, which it turns out is very little. As a result we buy some beer and set up a game of beer pong, played whilst wearing the foam novelty animal glasses we kindly got for Christmas.
We realise that we are pretty much at the quarter point of the trip and looking back we also realise we have done and seen so much already! These sights include today a flat bed lorry, laden with logs, crashing into a brand new car (so new the pre-registration plates were still on) and having to be lifted off the car as one of the tree trunks had wedged itself into the back side panel of the brand new Hyundai. The two vehicles are released from one another, the truck drives off and the car is delivered with a three foot gash down the driver’s side (probably).
Day 91: Kottayam, Kerala 29/12/11
Another uneventful day in Kottayam. Late morning visit to the nearby bakery and a bite to eat and a slice of cake sees us meet a very nice Anglo-German couple who are more than happy with a decent pastry. We chat to these guys for a while before we mooch about the town in the hope of seeing something to catch our imagination.
For the duration of our time in India we have seen the latest Bollywood blockbuster ‘Don 2’, with the ‘King of Bollywood’ Shahrukh Khan in the leading role. We spy a cinema showing said film starting shortly. Squeeze in, get some popcorn and enjoy the squeals and hollers of delight from every other cinemagoer every time the ‘king’ delivers a cheesy line or suspect bit of action. Great film, helped improve our Hindi no end.
Go back to the room for a while for a bit of downtime (life is stressful), where I have the brainwave of going to buy myself a cricket bat from the local sports shop. This turns into a hugely stressful event, with what seemed a like a hundred and fifty bats brought out to me and a crowd gathering to watch. This spectator sport eventually draws to a close as I eventually choose and pay for one. On the way out we run into Maz and Siggy, the couple we ran into earlier, who invite us to join them for dinner. Have a very nice dinner in a lovely veg place – we find out we are all off to the same town tomorrow and agree to meet up over the new year.