|Swimming at Varkala|
|Horray! - note healing flesh on Wendy's ankle|
|Loading bike on ferry to Alleppy|
Comfortable seats and airy open window spaces, plus the breeze comng in from the open windows immediately in front of us, kept us pretty cool. I don't know what the temperature or humidity levels are - but it must be close to 90 in both and perspiration starts as soon as one is stationary.
Having decided to take this ferry instead of lashing out on a much fancier houseboat trip, we were delighted to find ourselves floating slowly down narrow channels past small villages, houses often brightly painted in pinks and blues and yellows. We saw lots of different birds and one in particular that I kept trying to catch in a photo - a raptor of some sort with white head and brilliant red underwings. Although we were not going fast, getting it in focus with the telephoto before we had gone by was next to impossible - hence this inadequate image.
|Lots of birds - we think this one is a raptor|
As we got nearer to Aleppy - only one of its several names but the easiest one to spell! - the fishing boats were more numerous and we happened to pass by the villages when they were off-loading and packing the fish into ice for transport on trucks. The boats were laden as you can see and heaped also on shore and sometimes laid out on nets to dry. Mostly very small fish, however.
|Tons of fish from the sea|
All along this waterway, we saw a great vareity of foliage, trees, bushes and reeds and, on the water, a mantle of waterlilies.
Still and calm as we move toward the dock at Aleppy.
|Backwaters at nightfall|