|Sunset at Alappuzha beach|
How we got there is a bit fuzzy. We waited for at least four hours in Kochi because we just missed our train(we later found out that there was a bus for Alappuzha about every half hour). From the train station, we took a local bus to the city center. After a while we got so tired of haggling with taxi drivers, that we took the local bus if it was possible. Obviously, like proper spontaneous travellers we hadn't booked anywhere to stay in advance. It was getting dark at the time, so we decided to go with a really persistent Indian who stood with us for about an hour while we were deciding what to do. It turned out to be a nice place, so close to the beach that you could almost feel it. However, when we got there it turned out to be full, so they offered us to stay at their friend's place which was a little bit more expensive. One of my fellow travellers was a big, convincing and slightly intimidating man when haggling, and arranged for us to live there for the same price as we were promised. It was by far the nicest place I lived at in India, run by a really helpful man. New, clean and spacious for the eight of us. Also, a fifty meter walk to the absolute prettiest beach I saw in India, and a tiny convenience store(just a hole in the wall with two benches on the sides), where we got beautiful chai and a chat with the sweetest locals.
|Women doing laundry by the shore|
|A tiny area of thousands of ducks hanging out together. The harsh reality? It's a duck farm.|
The five minute bus rides from the city center to the beach, where we stepped off, were the most memorable. There were always people smiling at us and making conversation, and politely reminding us where to get off. Kerala was the only state where most people(except for the very old chai woman by the train tracks) could make themselves understood in English, which made travelling a lot easier and more fun. Humour does bring people together after all. The conclusion? If you're only going to go one state in India, go to Kerala. It rules.
|Alappuzha beach- Don't judge a book by its cover, or a beach by its beauty. The waves were beastly!|