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Sunday, 17 March 2013

One For the Doubters

Here we are at the start of the week that we will visit India once again. Many of our friends and family can't understand what we see in a holiday there, with their pre-formed mind images of squalor and poverty. Yes - the country does have issues that don't sit well with our Western upbringing, but it is also beautiful in its own right, and it's people so welcoming that once visited, we can't wait to get back there. I have now visited twice before - Mumbai, formerly Bombay, and Kochi, formerly Cochin, in the South. Margaret has one more visit than me, when she did a tour with our daughter in 2011. This visit will again be done with our daughter, and again will be a tour, all booked independently by her, as she lived here for 12 months in 2011 and knows her way around. I have included links to the image galleries of our hotel websites, some of which we have been before.

We fly on Friday, from Manchester - Abu Dhabi, where we meet our daughter who flies from Heathrow. We all then fly on to Delhi, where we will be picked up by our driver and taken to our first hotel, Star Rocks

Hotel lobby, Star Rocks

We stay here until 27th March when we move on to Rathambhore. On the 29th March we move on, again by road, to Jaipur for an overnight stay before boarding an internal flight to Mumbai. A highlight of our visit to Mumbai will be this: Slum Tour.

Gateway to India, Mumbai

Then, on the 1st April, we again board another internal flight, this time to Kochi (Cochin) where we stay until the 3rd.

The infinity pool at the Malabar Hotel
And on to Munnar, by road, the only hilly destination in Kerala. On the way we visit Kodanad to take part in the elephant bathing in the river.

The hills of Munnar
On the 5th April, it is on to Alleppey, a village in the backwaters, or canal region, where we will take a day trip on a kettuvallam, a traditional type of boat that historically was used for transportation of rice, but are now converted to houseboats used for tourism.

On the 7th April, we move on to the final destination of our India tour this time, which is Kovalam, a beach resort for some R and R before flying out to Abu Dhabi in the early hours of the 9th. where we leave our daughter who flies back to London.

Sunset at Kovalam Beach
We are then lucky enough to be able to spend a further 5 days with relatives in the amazing Emirate of Abu Dhabi, before flying back to Manchester.

The Corniche, Abu Dhabi
Hopefully, from there, Kelly Louise will have been all serviced up in our absence, and ready to take on the new boating season, perhaps with some decent weather of our own this year - don't hold your breath!


  1. Looks great. You know your stuff so we can all be sure it will be amazing!!

    1. Have a fantastic time! Julia & Chris

    2. Thanks Julia and Chris. At least the weather should be better - hopefully.


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