Sunday, March 18, 2012
Goodbye Kerala, hello Goa
After a wonderful week based at Thattekad Bird Sanctuary in the Western Ghats, it was finally time to move on. Long and colourful bus, train and taxi journeys, an unforgettably vile hotel stop-over in the hellhole of Calicut, two nights in paradise at the world's most beautiful guest house (hidden away on the unspoilt coast beyond Tellicherry), and then the long journey north.
Indian Pond Heron vs. Indian House Crow on busy train platform
Strangely, it wasn't
An equally memorable day's train travel through Northern Kerala, Karnataka and into southern Goa saw us arrive at a small, near deserted station in the countryside after dark, from where we tuk-tuk'ed the twenty minutes or so to Agonda beach - our base for the final three weeks of our trip.
A bus station somehere in the Ghats
A warm Goan welcome at the guest house
Spot the unconvincing, London Underground-inspired station signs
Our last place of residence in Kerala - an idyllic, unspoilt stretch of coastline near Tellicherry