Well, I’ve not done a lot over the last few days. I’ve done several long walks, a lot of swimming, quite a bit of writing, and I’ve read several books. Actually, come to think of it, I have done quite a lot. I guess I mean that there are still quite a few things I want to do here that I haven’t done yet.
But that’s OK. From Goa I intend to travel south to Kerala, where I will enjoy the towns and of course the backwaters – the wonderful canals and river ways that Kerala is famous for.
Today I checked the availability of seats on the train to Kerala. The 1st and 2nd of January are unsuprisingly fully bookd. So this leaves the question – When should I leave Goa? I could leave tomorrow and be happy that I had ‘done’ Goa. You know, had a good experience. But I don’t want too many days in Kerala, looking at streets and towns, in blistering heat with no sea to jump in, when I could spend that time in Goa.
I’m so indecisive that I’ve spent most of the day not making a decision. So, I just saw a travel agent and asked him to get me a ticket as soon after the New Year as possible. I’m guessing it will be the 4th or 5th, but that’s fine. That gives me more time here in paradise, eating seafood, writing and enjoying the hospitality of my host Ramnath. To save time though I have booked my train ticket to Kollam, in the south of Kerala. I am flying from Kochi, at the northern end of Kerala’s sights, to Bali on the 12th January. So I’ll start in the south and work my way north, saving time and uncessary backtracking.
I will definately take a houseboat from Kollam to Alleppey, and hopefully another from Alleppey to Kochi. This would be great, traveling Kerala entirely by the backwaters.
Time permitting I’ll also visit the hilltop tea plantation of Munmar.
I’m looking forward to the next leg of my trip, but I’m also looking forward to at least 5 more nights here at Patnem beach in Goa.