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Fort Cochin

sunny 30 °C

We spent just one night in this lovely fishing community but in this time managed to hire a scooter to see the beach and board a fishing platform for a crash course in bringing in the days catch with Chinese nets. John’s efforts were captured on film…

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Ooty

sunny 19 °C

According to the guidebooks you’ll either love Ooty or hate it. We just thought the place was hilarious. How could you fail to see the virtue of a town home to Jolly World which has to be the worst theme park in the world; with empty fountains, a sewage lake for boating and a deflated bouncy castle? Still, the YWCA lodge with its quaint English charm and the surrounding tea plantations more than made up for Ooty’s lesser attractions. In addition, this hill station is reached by one of the few remaining steam trains in India offering fantastic views of the surrounding hilltops and lush plantations.

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Hampi

sunny 28 °C

I’m sure that Hampi with its café culture and nightly movie screenings could steal more days than planned but with time pressing before our flight to the Andamans we had to move on after three nights. Weirdly, the scenery is like something straight out of a Flintstones movie set. We rented a scooter to see many of the ruins and explore India’s ‘Bedrock’ in the sweltering heat. We stopped off to take in the birthplace of Hanuman the Hindu monkey deity who rather helpfully entered the world at the top of a steep climb.

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Goa

Palolem

30 °C

After what felt like quiet a fast-paced trip since the peacefulness of Diu, it was very nice to set the bags down for an extended period and no better place to do this than the little bit of paradise that is Palolem beach.

We arrived a couple of hours before sunset and quickly found ourselves a basic but nice beach-hut. Having dinner on the beach later that evening we knew we were somewhere special.

Within hours of arriving we bumped into Alan (a friend from Diu) and three more Irish friends. A football match was soon organised against Palolem’s local talent – in spite of the questionable pitch conditions with dust clouds, a cow invasion and the heat to everyone’s surprise we won 3-1. To celebrate this victory (and Daphne’s birthday) we all headed to the hilltop silent disco to dance into the small hours. Goa is a small world as Kirstin bumped into an old work friend Sarah and was able to catch up which was nice.

All in all the two weeks we were there went by in a blur of glorious beach days, good food, evening movie screenings and a very nice sunset boat trip to mark the girls last night. Weeks on Palolem remains one of John’s favourite stops and a place we’ll go back to – hopefully!

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Goa

Coadolim

29 °C

Goa was always going to be one of our highlights in India and we knew the coinciding visit of Lotte and Daphne would only enhance it, not to mention the goodies Lotte kindly brought out to us from Claudia and all at Ommaney. Much appreciated. X

We wanted to experience a bit of lively north Goa before moving on the more laid-back south. We have found the best way to get around is to rent a scooter and take to the road, where you can just pull in anywhere along the coastline for beautiful sunsets.

After three months travelling it was time for a visit to the “hairdressers” and being budget travellers we had to open our own! The pictures tell the rest of that story…

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