24.03.-02.04.2010 Southern India (Varkala, Trivandrum)
After traveling around the North India, we decided to go to the Southern part. We found nice beach resort at Varkala Beach and spent more than a week there. The place, like the whole South India, is totally different than northern India: There is nice hotels and resorts, great beach, delicious seafood restaurants and a wonderful view to the Indian ocean, no more cows in the roads or middle of the city and not so many people and almoust fresh air to breath. There is also more foreign people than locals (or that's what we felt 'cause we had just arrived from Mumbai, city of 16,8 million people).
Varkala is a quite small town in the edge of a cliff and that's why we like it so much. It was a low season when we were there and of course that made it much better and more relaxing place for us. There was not too many tourists but still some that all restaurants and shops were open. And also prices weren't so expensive than they are in high season. It was little more expensive than eg. in Delhi but not so much, beer was only thing which was same or maybe little less.
Kari and Jenni tried Yoga in our hotels rooftop one morning. It really was a hard work but still a lot of fun! Loved to try again, maybe in Finland?
Kari rented a motorbike for a day, it was a real old-school Enfield (the old gramdpa). Kari went to the smaller village to see the agriculture and to see even more awsome views from the higher cliffs. The traffic was not like in Finland (left sided, again!) with the narrow roads, but Kari handled it quite good, no crashed cars or human injures (except one cockroach, ups!).
We had two awsome Australians living next door, named Lindsey (MISTER, believe it or not!) and Catie. They had travelled over a year and they were heading off to London, by land if possible. We tried to make them also come to Finland, so waiting for that.. They told us a lot of good things about Australia and Perth (their hometown) and I think because of them we (Kari and Jenni) really are heading to Australia, not worrying too much about the money situation:) So Lindsey and Catie if you're reading this, your thing "embassadors of Perth travelling" really worked for us, keep of going ;)
After all, Varkala was everything we needed after big cities, temples and traffic jams. Good place to relax before Malaysian Formula 1 Grand Prix.