Gray sky beach hopping.

After strolling through Fort Kochi for two days it was time to move on. We were all excited because our next town was going to be a beach town. I know I was way excited… because after two months in the North I was ready for beach & beer time. Plus it had been a while since I went to a beach. We made our way to the bus stop and got on an over crowded bus to Kovalam. It was a long & tiring ride down there, but we made it. We arrived to a semi beautiful beach with gray skies… We walked around saw some of the other beaches near by and hoped for a sunny day the following day.

Kovalam, India

The next two nights it rained like crazy and we woke up to more gray skies. None us wanted to layout or even go in the beach. So instead we made the most of it, by walking around and seeing some of the sights. One of the days we woke up bright & early… to see the local fisherman bring in the fishing nets. It was interesting to see how they use these nets and I thought it was crazy how it took so many of them to bring them in.

Kovalam, India

What intrigued me the most about this town, wasn’t even the beach or fisherman. It was a lime green mosque we saw from a distance when we visited the lighthouse. From the moment I laid eyes on it I knew I had to visit it. I have seen many mosques on this trip, but never a lime green one. It looked like it was going to be an exhausting long walk that luckily wasn’t. It was a nice walk along the beach cliffs. Sadly it rained a bit while I was out there photographing it and well the sky was a dark gray. Regardless I took like a million photos of it and can’t help, but love it.

Varkala, India

Lime Green Mosque, India

Even though every day was gray skies… we did end up having a bit of sun one evening and had well a semi nice sunset.

Kovalam, India

After 3 nights in Kovalam our plan was to head to the tip of India. Yes the Southern most tip of India Kanyakumari. I already had a million ideas for the title of the post… you know me with dirty blog post titles (I can’t help it). Well sadly it didn’t happen. We arrived to the train station with tickets in hand but were told the wrong time. It’s a two hour journey that we thought left at 1pm which would have given us plenty of time to get there check in somewhere and watch the sunset over 3 seas that meet at the tip. Well the train really didn’t leave until after 3pm and that would be calling it close. So we decided to screw the tip and head to Varkala. It was a smart decision because when we arrived it was a beautiful sunny day. We were excited and made sure we caught some rays as soon as we could. Ahh it was nice and knew we could spend a few nights here.

Varkala, India

Sadly we spoke too soon and the following two days were not so bright and kind of filled with gray skies again. I didn’t take many photos of the beach because it just wasn’t pretty with the gray skies. I did however take a photo of  man cutting down a palm tree and semi nice sunset again.

Varkala, India

Varkala, India

After 3 nights there it was time to hit the road again. This time not to a beach town, but to Kollam to try and rent a houseboat to explore the backwaters of Kerala. Little did we know what was awaiting us and the trouble we would have to rent a houseboat, but then it all paid off and we had one of the most amazing experiences of our lives. I’ll stop at that… I don’t want to give it all away. Aww look at us below… so cute & stress free waiting for our train.

waiting for train in India

In the end we did some gray sky beach hopping. It’s like the clouds and rain followed us around. I also would like to apologize for using the word semi to describe things. I think traveling too much spoils us. When you have visited some beaches with crystal clear water and blue skies or see many amazing sunsets… you come to expect that every time and when you don’t get it a part of you is disappointed. It’s sad, but true… even though the beaches weren’t perfect and neither was the weather I had a good time hanging out with the girls. So tell me have you ever had gray sky beach hopping? Where it seemed like no matter where you went it was gray skies…

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  1. Aw, it’s such a shame that most of your beach days were cloudy. Looks like you got a couple of great sunsets in though! I love that second last photo.

    • Jaime Davila says:

      Thanks Lindsey… it really was a shame. Some of the sunsets were nice though so that made up for them!!!

  2. You’re just cursed in India! 😉 I hate it when I’m at the beach and it’s rainy and cloudy the entire time. The one thing you want to do, and you can’t!
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    • Jaime Davila says:

      I know Lauren it’s been crazy, but it’s growing on me. I hate it too when I am just trying to get some sun and just can’t.

  3. I’m planning a trip to this area of India in December. Could you give some tips on the best beaches you saw in the area and where you stayed, or places you recommend to stay?

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    • Jaime Davila says:

      Hi Reg, so far the best beach I have been to is Palolem, in Goa. I will be writing about that soon. Send me an email and I will reply to you with all the info.

  4. Sucks to want to go to the beach and have bad weather almost the whole time. The sunset photos do look nice though. And that lime green mosque is crazy!

    You should’ve let Val sit in the chair in that photo instead of on the ground or her bag or whatever she’s sitting on!
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    • Jaime Davila says:

      It sucks big balls Ali… I love the lime green mosque… I can’t get over it. It only had 3 chairs and it was 4 of us… she had already sat on the floor when I sat down.

  5. Boo for grey skies! But they’re good excuses to go shopping or drinking haha.
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  6. We do a lot of gray sky beach hopping in the PNW! You 4 DO look very relaxed and content in that pic – can’t be all bad.
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    • Jaime Davila says:

      It sucks when it’s gray sky beach hopping. Oh & we were… it was the calm before the storm.

  7. I was in Goa during monsoon season and a lot of the days looked like this. I felt like I missed out on the fun summer vibe, but it was also nice having the place all to myself.
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    • Jaime Davila says:

      We are a few weeks late and in off season right now and omg agree Audrey… I feel like we missed the whole crazy Goa experience.

  8. Ooh I love the green building, so cute.
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  9. Yep, I have to say that we look quite relaxed in that photo – we should have taken a photo of us after we got off the train in Kannur though 😉 Even though the weather wasn’t always great in Varkala, I still liked the vibe there, and our bungalows, and the beach day with the dog 🙂
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    • Jaime Davila says:

      OMG we should have… I was in tears…lol would have been priceless. Yes the one good beach day we had was nice and agree I like Varkala more than the other beach for sure!!!

  10. hm! what a nice shots you got especially the local fisherman
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