Category: India

  • Traveling Through 2020 (Part 1)

    I thought about making a new “year end” post every year. Even up until today I thought I had only missed on year of these but it looks like the last one was in 2013. Yikes. It’s funny to start this back up again in a year which looked to be my biggest year of […]

  • Where I Slept: Thiruvananthapuram, India

    Thiruvananthapuram, India | 30 January, 2007 | $9.04 I’m not sure why this hotel was so expensive, perhaps because Thiruvananthapuram is the capital of Kerala? The town has some nice colonial architecture and grand universities to wander around. With a whole day to wander around I ran errands (like buying soap) and getting passport photos […]

  • Where I Slept: Madurai, India

    Madurai, India | 28 January, 2007 | $4.52 Madurai was fascinating! This was my first real taste of the chaos and jumbled, statue-covered temples of Tamil Nadu. After seven hours on the bus I was ready to get a look at the temple. Meenakshi Sundareswar Temple is like nothing I had ever seen before. In […]

  • Where I Slept: Kanyakumari, India

    Kanyakumari, India | 27 January, 2007 | $5.65 Finally, I made it to the end—the Southern tip of India. After leaving Kerala, and certainly after leaving Varkala Beach, I encountered few Western tourists. Southern India has a vastly different feel than the North and I hope everyone traveling to India has time to experience both. […]

  • Where I Slept: Varkala Beach, India

    Varkala Beach, India | 25 January, 2007 | $5.65 Another three nights on the beach, still recovering from India before diving back into the big cities. Varkala is really interesting because the town, hotels and restaurants sit atop a high cliff, and visiting the beach requires climbing down the cliff. Aside from a few chair […]

  • Where I Slept: Alleppey, India

    Alleppey, India | 23 January, 2007 | $6.77 Alleppey was really just a one night stopover on my way South, but I stumbled upon some interesting sights. While walking on the edge of town after a self-made tour of the colonial canals running through town, I saw a large field of military or police officers […]

  • Where I Slept: Kochi, India

    Kochi, India | 22 January, 2007 | $6.77 Heading further South along India’s West coast, Fort Kochin and Kochi are solidly in the Kerala region. I attended a Kathakali performance put on for tourists which has been shortened for the Western attention span. Coming to the theater early is a special treat, because you can […]

  • Where I Slept: Palolem – Kockin, India

    Palolem – Kochi, India | 20 January, 2007 | $9.21 (sleeper train) This train must have been pretty unremarkable since I didn’t bother to record how long the trip took. Perhaps after four nights on the beach I was too relaxed (or antsy) to care.

  • Where I Slept: Palolem Beach, India

    Palolem Beach, India | 18 January, 2007 | $5.64 How cute, my own little cabin on stilts! The markets around the beach in Goa cater to the want-to-be hippie crowd, full of sarongs, toe rings and patchwork bags. It’s fun to look at first, until you start to realize it’s the same mass-produced skirts and […]

  • Where I Slept: Panaji, Old Goa, India

    Panaji, Old Goa, India | 15 January, 2007 | $5.64 I arrived in Old Goa during daylight hours and found another tourist to share a rickshaw from the train station. The driver was happy to take us to a hotel, but when we got out he asked for an astronomical amount for the ride. I […]