Andrea's posts from January 2008

The backwaters in Kerala - mostly associated with a town we incorrectly call Aleppey, more correctly called Alappuzha ( I believe, but confoundingly pronounced…

Kumarkom.is.one.of.Indias.hidden.treasures.though.its.not.completely.unheard.of..There.are.resorts.there.but.well.out.of.sight.of.most.visitors…The.perfect.way…

To most touring cyclists this is probably nothing much but 36 hairpins over 18km was quite a lot of work. But if you've chosen a route featuring hills steep…

One is a hair and plastics shop found at a famous market in Mysore. This macabre business is featured in an excellent book called A Fine Balance, by Rohinton…

I didn't actually enjoy this place much. And I don't think the elephants do either. The elephants are prodded and poked with every move and given half a chance…

I went to Kushalnagar mainly to visit the Tibettan Settlements nearby. I didn't have a permit however, so I could only spend the day there. It was not a…

Go to Coorg for trekking, homestays with lush tropical gardens, coffee estates, and the Kodagus - the local people. Coorg is located in South Western India, a…

About the last of the sites of antiquity that I visited in India on my trip. By this time I was quite exhausted with sightseeing but at these two towns the…

Seven kilometres from Hampi is the lovely little village of Anegundi, with few signs of the backpacking hustle and bustle that characterise Hampi and…

There are hundreds if not thousands of ruins around Hampi. It takes at least one solid day walking to reach them all. Even by auotrickshaw it can take a good…

Hampi is a mixed up sort of town. It's a warren of guesthouses with rooftop restaurants, tailors, and trinket shops. Hampi is code for a whole spellbinding…
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