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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…