Kerala_landscape

Apart form chilling our in the cafes in Fort Cochi, there are loads of other activities you can do, the first thing Monique organised for us was a boat trip on the backwaters. This is when we realised that tourist group trips really are not for us and the next time they tell us – the bus will pick you up, will be when we politely decline the offer. The trip was great, but our group was a bit crowded. Still, we went for the punting option and…

Temple_Kochi

We arrived to Fort Cochin with intentions to stay two nights, but ended up staying six. This place is so great that we didn’t want to leave. Cochin is basically a group of islands separated by channels where the backwaters run into the sea. We’ve been told it is the commercial capital of Kerala (Thivandrum being the official capital). Kerala, or as they call it here “God’s own land” is awesome, it is the first publicly voted communist state in the world and they still pretty much follow…

mysore_castle_featured

After spending 10 days lounging on the beach in Goa, we went to Mysore. To get there we took the overnight train to Bangalore where we waited a few hours then another train to Mysore, a mid sized city in Karnataka state. These trains are definitely unique, as my good friend Saso would say “I’ve seen better conditions in Norwegian prisons” – pretty much sums up the experience.

dogs playing in patnam

Nina took the flight better than I expected and few movies later we arrived in Mumbai. One useful tip is not to ever leave the airport to get to a domestic airport. You can’t get back in and the shuttle bus takes you through the airport. You realize just how big it is, with shacks appearing up next to the airport. This is it!

View from Casa Fiesta, Patnam beach

Namaste friends! We have now been in Goa for 8 days and really loving it so far. It’s almost a month ago that we left London, our flat and jobs to follow our dream of travelling the world for a year. We spent xmas and NYE with family & friends in Norway, where we had an amazing time and ate like little piggies. Was so good to see everyone! Then left for India January 10th.