Hello everyone. As promised, this blog will be all about the beaches I have visited whilst in India, hehehe. I can feel the jealousy coming from all of you blog followers. And, to be honest, since my work here is dry, and disaster after disaster has occurred with regards to the university and residential facilities, I really do need to distract you all (and myself) from the trauma that goes with visiting India.
A couple of weeks ago, me and my fellow interns went to Puducherry, on the South East coast of India. By sleeper bus, I should add; the most comfortable form of travelling we have had so far, in India. It was fabulous! We could actually sleep and it felt a little bit like riding the Knight Bus from Harry Potter! Anyway, the time in Puducherry was always meant to be a relaxing one, so as soon as we got there, we started looking for a beach. We heard about ‘Paradise Beach’ which drew our attention immediately. With a name like that, we were fixated on the idea of visiting such a marvellous sounding beach. Well.. one tuc-tuc and boat ride away and we found Paradise Beach.. it was sublime! Absolutely magnificent. White sands, not spoilt by oil or any rocks. India does have problems with litter on beaches (a lot of litter) but this one was pretty clear of rubbish. We had a nice swim, a little lie down, and a chilled beer on the sand. Absolutely wonderful!! So good, in fact, that because a couple of my friends are leaving next week, we are going there again this weekend! Smashing stuff.
Last weekend, we went to Verkala, which is on the South West coast of India (mixing it up a little). Uncomfortable 8-10 hour drive, but the coastline there was amazing too. We stayed in a hostel, a mere 10 minute walk from the beach, where we could find a nice secluded beach, with lots of bars and restaurants along the sea front. The walk along the sea front goes past all the buildings as well as the shops (great for shopping, harder if you wanted to avoid the dreaded debt!) Very cosy place, buzzing with tourists (although it was the quiet season, haha). And if you love seafood, then this is the place for you. Even though I am not a seafood person, I would gladly go again to this little pocket of sunshine.
If any of you are ever in India, I would recommend going to the south of the country, at least for the beaches. most of the popular destinations are in the North of India, but some really nice places do exist in the south!
Bye for now people. I only have a couple more weeks in India, so will no doubt finalise my Indian period with a blog about the whole experience and finishing my internship soon. Then, it’s back to University almost as soon as I get back. Stick with me!