|India's state of Kerala is a long, narrow
strip of coastline running along the country's southwestern shoreline. The Western
Ghats, a line of hills and ridges, and dense forest shelters Kerala from the mainland.
Kerala has gained fame for a distinctive Indian sub-culture and as a peaceful
backwater. We're trying to reach these backwaters, so we left Kochi and continued
south. This afternoon we arrived in Alappuzha, or Allepey for short, which is
a market town built between canals and coconut trees.|
shaggy dog gets his first haircut in three months (since Nairobi). The barber
speaks Telu, I speak English, it will be amazing if I don't come out of here with
a shaved head.|
One rule in India - never
get in an autorickshaw, these three wheeler taxis, without negotiating the price
and being firm with your destination. A ride around town should cost 20 rupees
(about 50 cents) but if you don't negotiate first it might cost 200 rupees.