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Old 26th May 2013, 22:10   #76
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Day 03
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I saw a boatman with his ducks!

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Cormorant
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Camouflaged
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Ready for take off! Who is this guy?

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Camouflaged
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Another abandoned house
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Ayurveda Place

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More Houseboats

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We started our journey back
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The lake was very wide

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We saw a lot of house boats!

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Pathiramanal Island in view
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It was overcast
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The Oberoi Luxury boat

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By 14:00 hours we reached back the place where we started.

We had food at one Vaidyar Hotel, pretty much well known in that area. they fed us with almost all varieties of fish. After a heavy meal we went back to the boat for the ride to Pathiramanal Island.


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We reached Pathiramanal Island by 15:00 hours

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Pathiramanal Island
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We were the only ones there

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We walked along the path
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We stopped by to enjoy the beauty

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Jr. PPG showed here dancing skills
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We continued to walk along the path

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We walked into a narrow path
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Only to be scared by this fellow!
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We watched the lake from some vantage points

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There was a small building

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We continued to walk around the island

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The paved path ended into this narrow trail

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We walked on
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We reached an open area

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Only to get into another narrow path

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We reached the main path finally
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Back to the paths
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We had enough!

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Some distances from the island
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It was very hot and humid and the walk tired us down a lot. We decided to get back to the shore. But we immensely enjoyed the privacy that we got in the island. How many times in you liofe can you claim an island all for yourself

Waiting for the boat

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The Boat ride back
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We are back
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I enjoyed cycling after a long while!

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By 17:30 we said bye to the boat guy and drove towards our resort. i was extremely happy with this boat guy and will recommend him. He did not even impose any thing on us, and took us wherever we asked him to take us.

His name is Kuttachan, and I'll update his contact details once I complete the log.

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Old 26th May 2013, 23:09   #80
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We stopped by at Thanneermukkom bund
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We enjoyed some ice creams

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Our favourite Green Apple Stick!
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PPGs had a Mango Stick too
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Meanwhile I tried to hijack the cart
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We saw a sugar can juice vendor
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We had our refreshing sugarcane juice too




We got us some sugar cane too

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Meanwhile Civvy was watching all the fun

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We decided to move on
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Only to stop soon to enter the cool waters of the lake
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I was still trying my strength with the sugar cane

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It was refreshing to wash yourself with the cold water, but it was salty, too salty
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By 18:30 hours we started back to our resort.

We reached our cottage back by 19:30 hours
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After a refreshing shower and some fresh juices we called it a day. We were totally tired and drained.
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Lalusir - Saw you were driving near Kayippuram too. Just thought of informing you missed a very virgin Toddy shop there. Absolutely free from make-over and commercialization. Its about 10KMs inside from main road and in the banks of Vembanad.

Good to know you visited vaidyan chettan's eat out, river and sea food served at its best. No colors or taste makers. This is one place, most Kerala cini artists order their lunch while shooting near Kumarakom - Allepey area.
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Lalusir - Saw you were driving near Kayippuram too. Just thought of informing you missed a very virgin Toddy shop there. Absolutely free from make-over and commercialization. Its about 10KMs inside from main road and in the banks of Vembanad.

Good to know you visited vaidyan chettan's eat out, river and sea food served at its best. No colors or taste makers. This is one place, most Kerala cini artists order their lunch while shooting near Kumarakom - Allepey area.

@jacs - We will go to that toddy shop together some day
The vaidyar place was nice, and was overwhelmed by the choice.
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The vaidyar place was nice, and was overwhelmed by the choice.
Dear Laluks,

Superb photos, especially the coconut trees along the vembanad lake.

Where exactly is this Vaidyar hotel? Is this the one at the Junction,where the road from the Pathiramanal jetty road meets with the main Muhamma road?

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Hi Laluks, yet another superb travelogue from you with some mind blowing pictures. Its always a great pleasure reading your travelogues and this is no exception.
I just want to know one thing how did you find the road condition at Kerala now? When i last visited Munnar, Alleppy, Cochin in 2011 roads were full of diversion's and the bus drivers used to drive like maniacs. After Coimbatoor roads were not that safe to drive at night so had to be very cautious.

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Dear Laluks,

Superb photos, especially the coconut trees along the vembanad lake.

Where exactly is this Vaidyar hotel? Is this the one at the Junction,where the road from the Pathiramanal jetty road meets with the main Muhamma road?

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Yes, that is the place. The hotel is right at the junction. They also have a few benches kept in the car porch of a house too, which acts a family customer area.

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Hi Laluks, yet another superb travelogue from you with some mind blowing pictures. Its always a great pleasure reading your travelogues and this is no exception.
I just want to know one thing how did you find the road condition at Kerala now? When i last visited Munnar, Alleppy, Cochin in 2011 roads were full of diversion's and the bus drivers used to drive like maniacs. After Coimbatoor roads were not that safe to drive at night so had to be very cautious.
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The roads I used were very pretty much in their best conditions. I drove in via Kumily, Kottayam route completely avoiding NH47. On return I drove out via Munnar. Munnar had some bad patches, but was ok mostly.

Bus drivers are still the same, add to it now many two and three wheelers.
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Day 04
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I woke up quite early today. I wanted to visit the Bird sanctuary. By 06:00AM I was out of the resort.

I found this guy in the field nearby
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The narrow road from the resort

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I reached the bird sanctuary
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I parked Civvy

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There was a boating counter here
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There was a butterfly garden here too
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But I walked on

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I reached a gate

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There was a KTDC Beer Parlour there, anyways not so early in the morning
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I continued on to the Bird Sanctuary
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Some warnings

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I walked on, not a single bird in sight
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Some distances from the Bird sanctuary
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I went in the direction of the watch tower
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I reached the watch tower
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All I could see from the top was this
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I started my return journey

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Interesting, how these trees hug each other

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Some canals within the sanctuary

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A bird calendar from the interpretation centre
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Civvy was patiently waiting for me all this while
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I would have walked at least 5KM in total in the sanctuary. The humid weather and the sweat made me want to jump into the lake for a swim, but decided not to . By 08:00AM I was out of the sanctuary.

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I was in Aymanam panchayat

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And have left Kottayam, West limits
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Enjoyed the canal from a nearby bridge

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A nice house, wish it was mine
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Stopped by for some tender coconut
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I was attracted by this construction
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That fellow was still there on the field
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A wild flower
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I reached the resort back by 09:00AM, and after breakfast enjoyed a long time in the pool with PPGs


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By 13:00 we went for lunch to our family parlour
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Waiting eagerly for our order
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I was happy with my fish curry meals
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Kaada (Quail) fry
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Kappa

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Karimeen Pollichathu again

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Beef Fry
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Varaal Fry
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That was our adda for this trip

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The chief cook Lijo personally took care of our order and made it to our liking. I will definitely get back some day here for this wonderful spread and options!!


After a long lunch we were ready to roll by 14:30 hours.

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