India

The trip that started it all! Back in the early blogging days of 2018, we went on a trip nicknamed “The Big Trip”, to China, Nepal and India. Read all about our backpacking adventures in India here! We loved it so much we came back a second time!

Varkala Tips

Nice beach town, accommodations and restaurants located on the cliff above the beach. If getting a rickshaw from town ask to be dropped off at the helipad, then you can walk down. Attractions: In town there is a nice temple. If you walk north along the beach you will reach Black beach, that is very […]

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Mysore/Bangalore

We boarded the fabulous Shatabdi Express train from Chennai to Mysore. It was first class all the way: comfortable AC seats, newspaper and breakfast served helped the hours pass, and before we knew it we were in Mysore. Our first stop was right outside the railway station, the Rail Museum, where we got to see

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Mamallapuram/Chennai

We were sad to leave Pondicherry, but our timeline didn’t allow for much lingering, so the next morning we were off a couple hours north to Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram). In Mamallapuram we arrived to see a deserted backpacker town full of Hampi-esque rock carvings and some serious sea-food. We had two days to explore the rock

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Pondicherry

Pondicherry was a French colony, and unlike Fort Cochin which didn’t quite live up to its quaint reputation, the French quarter of town was very nice. We walked around throughout the morning, seeing various buildings and generally enjoying the ambiance, and stumbled upon a rally. Apparently we were there on the Tamil New Year! Political

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Trichy

With hefty ambitions for the next day, we decided to splurge on a car with driver for the first leg of our journey, down from the mountains in Munnar crossing the Western Ghats, to Dindugal in Tamil Nadu, 4 hours of beautiful, yet small and windy roads. From there it was a painless bus to

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Munnar

Early the next morning we left for the hills. Southern India is cut by the Western Ghats. We were on the bus for about 3.5 hours and suddenly found ourselves surrounded by what looked like cracked green hills. There it was, Munnar, a small town surrounded by rolling hills of tea plantations. Our first stop

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Cochin (2)

Cherai Beach By our second day in Cochin we had already seen the “sights”, so we headed to the local Cherai beach for a relaxing afternoon. Just a couple hundred meters away from the backwaters, the beach is “Indian” so bathing in Western beach attire was not appropriate and we spent the day mostly in

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Cochin

with Chinese fish nets The next day we were off to Cochin. Cochin is a big city divided over a couple peninsulas and islands, with most of the tourist attractions in Fort Cochin. Upon arrival on the morning train we headed to the Fort for a day of sightseeing. Our first priority was to go

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