From the Himalaya's to Cape Comolin by train, on foot, by car, autorickshaw, bamboo raft and on a Royal Enfield - What an Adventure !
13.11.2010 38 °C
Its the end of my Great Adventure from the Himalayas to Cape Comorin is now coming to an end. Landed in Dubia a couple of hours ago, staying overnight, then a 7.30 flight back to Newcastle tomorrow, landing at 11.30am.
After seeing the sunset and and sunrise at Cape Comolin, and dipping my feet in the three oceans; the Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea, which marked a significant end point to my trip, I returned to Thiruvilla and then spent two nights in the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, in the Backwaters spotting all sorts of birds, including a two hour cruise around on Lake Verbrandrum, got savaged by mosquitoes, worse than the Scottish midgie !!!!!!
Left base at Thiruvilla yesterday tea time for Cochin, overnight there, then up at 6am this morning to the airport with Liz, her Mum and Koshy. Lots of hugs from Susheela, Sudesh, and Grandpa/Granma Varghese, with strict instructions to bring Jane out on the next visit. Liz and I took off at 9.30am for Dubia, Liz only had a two hour wait for the connection to Manchester, I am here overnight, up at 4.30am for my flight back to Newcastle.
I am a bit behind with my Blog and photos, but that will be completed when I get home. I have used up all my brownie points now, so Jane will have a list for me. But I now have a serious condition now, its called the "Travel Bug". I have proved that I am safe to be let loose on the planet, with no great mishaps or misadventures, only that bad day on the Rohtang Pass. My travel kit will be reduced by over 50% next time. I have made many new friends on this trip from India, Sweden, Germany, France, Spain and Cornwall.
Highlights, well there have been many, the trekking in the Western Himalayas, the Royal Enfield motorbike trip, over the Rohtang and up to Zingzingbar, my five days exploring Periyar Tiger Reserve, reaching Cape Comolin (the very southern most point of India, and my meeting with the King of Kerala, the Mara Raja of Tranvancore, the Taj Mahal, the Amber Fort of Jaipur. I have met so many nice people on this trip.
Looking forward to seeing everyone back home with my travellers tales, blog , photos and video clips. There is much to do when I get back, to complete this travel blog, make the documentary "A Passage through India", contact all my travel companions, and to thank Peter and Travellerspoint.com for their support and use of what has been an excellent Travel Blog website.
My thanks to all the emails during my trip from family and friends, they were a real tonic and well received.
My thanks to Gordon May for sowing the seed, especially the Royal Enfield. To Alex, Susan, Paul, Manjit and Naresh for all the planning, help and support in India, and making it a great trip.
My thanks to all the really nice people I met on my trip, I enjoyed your company and friendship on my journey.
Finally my grateful thanks to Jane for giving me the freedom to follow this adventure, and to Nick and Tom for their sound advice to their Dad.