I took a quick flight from Bangalore to Trivandrum. Man did it feel good to be in an airport – a/c, clean bathrooms, free wifi! As soon I as I landed in TRV I hopped in a rickshaw checked into a beachside hotel in Kovalam and jumped into Ami’s embrace. Not exactly, but it was so wonderful to see a familiar face after travelling solo for a few weeks. We had lunch and parted ways while Ami studied for her YTT final.
Kovalam is a slow paced, relaxing beachside town with decent hotels, lots of shops and tasty restaurants. Kovalam is in the state of Kerala. I love Kerala. Everybody in Kerala is warm, happy and has a beautiful smile plastered on their face. Kerala is known to be the most educated and healthiest state in India. It’s lush, green and abundant in natural resources. I had no problem indulging in this abundance. From fresh fruit plates, to coconut water, sugar cane juice and daily caught fish. Yum Yum.
|The sweet fruit lady.|
|I miss this already.|
|This man cracked me up, he helped get me a sweet deal on that drum and then I ended up buying a scarf from him for kicks. Such a lovely afternoon.|
Luckily I happened to be visiting during low season as well, which meant a spacious king bed room facing the ocean for just $8 a night. One tip – if you want a beach to yourself, walk up the hill on the lighthouse side of the beach and then to the right a bit. You’ll discover your own little nook of beach without anybody selling anything. Pure relaxation.
|Sunset from the German Bakery over Kovalam Beach.|
Before heading to Kanyakumari, Ami and I met up at Indian Coffee House in Trivandrum for breakfast. What a neat spiraling building! Not to mention 50 cent omelets. I’d recommend stopping by if you’re in the area.
|Our first of many bus rides together! I love this picture.|
We headed to the very tip of India, Kanyakumari, in Tamil Nadu where 3 oceans meet – Indian Ocean (South), Arabian Sea (West), Bay of Bengal (East). This is a quote that Mahatma Gandhi wrote while in Kanyakumari:
|Shrine of our Lady Ransom|
“I am writing this at the cape, in front of the sea, where three waters meet and furnish a sight unequalled in the world. For this is no port of call for vessels, like the goddess, the waters around are virgin.” – M. Gandhi Jan. 15th 1937
|Mahatma Ghandi's Memorial where the 3 seas meet.|
|The sunrise was quite a spectacle. There were 100's of people watching it.|
|Kutu Parotta - similar to Huevos Rancheros minus the beans|
|KERALA PAROTTA mm mm|