4 Buddha footprints in Mae Rim

4 Buddha footprints in Mae Rim

Visiting a famous pilgrimage temple in the Mae Rim Region To start the New Year, we decided to make a trip to Wat Phra Phutthabat Si Roi to make some merit. The temple is famous for its four Buddha footprints and is located in the hills in the Mae Rim region north of Chiang Mai. […]

Inevitable heading back to Chennai

Inevitable heading back to Chennai

Leaving for the airport to return in due time Today I am returning back to Chennai. In the morning, I mainly try to kill time, pack my backpack, and rest on my bed. A little after midday, I go down with my luggage. I have to be at the airport at 2 pm, located 25 […]

Chill out by the sea

Chill out by the sea

A last visit to Fort Cochin In the afternoon, I take the ferry to Fort Cochin for the last time. I just want to chill out by the sea near the Chinese fishing nets. When I arrive, Chris – the Belgian who has been living in Kochi for over 4 years – is walking around […]

Around the synagogue on Fort Kochi

Around the synagogue on Fort Kochi

Missing the boat to Fort Kochi In the morning, I first arrange some practical matters related to my return journey. After lunch, I make my way to the ferry as I want to visit the Dutch Palace and the Jewish synagogue on Fort Kochi. The Dutch Palace was in origin another building of the Portuguese […]

Visiting the historic area of Fort Cochin

Visiting the historic area of Fort Cochin

Fast service bus to Kochi After breakfast, I make my way to the bus station on foot. Apparently, Alleppey is accustomed to tourists. A station supervisor asks where I want to go. The next bus to Kochi leaves in about twenty minutes. The man instructs me to wait on the spot. Ten minutes later, there […]

Boat trip to the backwaters

Boat trip to the backwaters

Slow breakfast service So today, a trip to the backwaters are on my program. But first, a hearty breakfast in the restaurant of the hotel; good food, but the service this morning happens at an incredible snail’s pace. If I had known this in advance, I would have ordered my breakfast already when I was […]

To the west coast of Kerala

To the west coast of Kerala

Trying to find a bus to Alleppey on a Sunday Another day of traveling ahead, to Aleppey on the west coast of Kerala. To be on the safe side, I inquire at the information desk of the bus station to check whether there are any direct buses to Alleppey on Sundays. No, it seems, so […]

Trip to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Trip to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

A decent explanation at the Information Center It almost goes without saying that I will visit the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary today, after all, that is s what it is about here in Kumily. After breakfast – sweet cakes with a glass of tea at a street stall – I start my search. I inquire at […]

Adventurous bus ride to Kumily

Adventurous bus ride to Kumily

Figuring out when the bus leaves to Kumily Yesterday I learned how to avoid the detour to Kochi over Madurai. So in the morning, I enter two more travel agencies to inquire about a bus ride to Kumily, near the Periyar Nature Park. Twice I hear there is only one local bus a day leaving […]

Coming to rest in Kodaikanal

Coming to rest in Kodaikanal

Waiting for the minivan to Kodai The day starts with a sample of Indian time; the minibus to Kodaikanal would arrive at 7.15 am, but I have to wait until a quarter to eight before it comes through. So my intention to go rest in Kodaikanal gets delayed a bit. And even then, we still […]

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