Well, we've had a nice few days in Varkala. The weather was rainy for one day, but been nice and hot and sunny the rest of the time. In between sitting on the beach and being lazy we have managed to find time to have a 3 hour village canoe tour through the backwaters (we saw lots of interesting things like boatmaking, rope making out of coconut husk, prawn farms, and a goat having a bath!) and a visit to an elephant farm this morning where we got to ride an elephant. There was no seat and it was very scary (for Katie who kept thinking she was going to fall off!). We also saw a cute baby elephant that tried to eat Mark's hand.
Tonight we are leaving for Kannur on a night train. We'll be there one night before heading to Goa. We've just spent an hour trying to deal with the rubbish indian railways online booking system and eventually got a train from Kannur to Goa, but we have to wait in Mangalore for a few hours and we couldnt get a night train. Oh well.