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Old 16th December 2012, 14:28   #211
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Day 07
03rd November 2012

I walked across the road to the resort and further to Paravur Lake
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Paravur Lake was so vast and beautiful.

A house boat of the resort
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Some water sports
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Far away on the bridge a train chugs along
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Kappil Bhagavathi Temple

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Old 16th December 2012, 14:36   #212
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Day 07
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Paravur lake reaching out to the sea
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Beautiful roads

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We then drove towards the beach
through the mud road
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Old 16th December 2012, 14:45   #213
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Day 07
03rd November 2012

We walked to the beach
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We had some fun time at the beach

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A mother daughter moment
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This guy scared me at first

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We had more fun there

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Kappil Beach



After spending some time we drove back to Paravur

The drive through the mud road back


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Old 16th December 2012, 17:06   #214
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Day 07
03rd November 2012

We drove towards Monroe Thuruthu via Kottiyam, Kundara and Chittumala. That is the route where you can drive into Monroe Thuruthu.
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There is a Technopark here too

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We followed this bus
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We reached Monroe Thuruthu by 12:30PM.

I saw a boat by the shore.
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To our surprise the boatman was also nearby and we asked if him to take us around. We never spoke about the rates at all. He asked me to park the Civvy in a neighbouring house so that it stays safe. I loved his care for Civvy and considered him to like his boat as much, which indeed he did. We spoke about how to keep the boat for years and methodologies they adopt to keep it strong. It was quite informative.

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We started our boat ride into the small canals around Monroe Islands

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I was quite surprised to know the river flows all the way from Thenmala to here before it joins Ashtamudi lake and finally the sea!

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Old 16th December 2012, 17:14   #215
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Day 07
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Some Pictures from the boat ride
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PPGs tried their hand at rowing
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Cormorant

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Hen
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Cute Goats

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We stopped here

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We got on to the shore for some tea and lessons in coir making

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Old 16th December 2012, 17:27   #216
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Day 07
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We got some tips in coir making
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Jr. PPG testing the coir just made

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I was keenly discussing some global issues of coconut trees and labour not available etc..etc..
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Jr. PPG testing the machine out
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Jr. PPG checking out the fibre

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Coir fibre which is made to coir finally
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Old 16th December 2012, 17:43   #217
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Coir fibres being made
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Jr. PPG checks out is it as comfortable as her mattress
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The typical Chai making

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Gone are the days when we used to see Coriander and Chillies like this, now it's just powder business
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There are prawns farm around this place, since they had just put the small ones in the ponds we did not go there to see them. We just took some more round along the canals.


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Old 16th December 2012, 17:59   #218
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We bid bye to the place

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Started our boat ride
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A cool house

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A small bridge

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We saw a temple
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We continued on
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Old 16th December 2012, 18:06   #219
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We continued on with our boat ride
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Jr. PPG tries again

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We look on
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Clicking too

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We continued...
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Lady by the banks - She reminded me of an age old mallu song "kaayalarikethu valayerinjappol vala kilukkiya sundari.......
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Another boat passes by
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Rampant sand mining

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We continued..
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Some more boats
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We finally came back from the boating trip. It was amazing ride that we've had
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I asked the boat man how much he wanted... and he says it's normally Rs500, for your family it's 300..I just did not know what to say.

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Went to the neighbouring house to take Civvy out.

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A house by the river, I loved it
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Enough space all around the house, mallu's love it this way
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Parked Civvy by the river

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Relaxed for a while

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Jr. PPG reflecting on herself

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Panorama of the place

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We then went to Monroe Thuruthu Railway Station
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Rates

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Schedule
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We then went in search of a ferry to take me to the other banks, if I have to trace the route back by Chittumala, it'd take me atleast two hours to reach Karunagapalli. Instead if I take the ferry, I would reach in 10 minutes

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The Ferry service schedule
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Once you reach the other bank it is easy to reach Karalimukku and then on easy to reach Karunagapalli.

We waited for the ferry
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There it comes
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Carefully parked Civvy on to the ferry
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Rates
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Civvy does a ferry joy ride



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We saw a house boat too
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That's a rail bridge

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The ferry driver
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We have reached, hardly 5 minutes of ferry ride

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Civvy carefully driven out

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We have reached the main road
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Kallum mootil Kadavu is the place name
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To get an orientation where is this ferry and what is it all about check this map. Yellow circle is where you cross by ferry.
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We drove towards Monroe Thuruthu via Kottiyam, Kundara and Chittumala. That is the route where you can drive into Monroe Thuruthu.
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My home is in between Koyyiyam and kundara. Happy to see the pics of bus here. And hope you had a nice journey in Kollam.
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