New Years on Goa - Anjuna Beach was a lot of fun! Riding through the countryside is absolutely beautiful and coming back to the sun setting to the tunes of Goa Trance (a cool category of electronic music) gave me a full feeling of satisfaction!
So relaxing days on the beach eventually brought a few friends and I down to the state of Karnataka, Gokarna - where we explored Kudle, Om and another remote beach! What a beautiful trek! Sleeping in my bamboo hut and eating the amazing food at Oasis Cafe are some of the fondest memories in India!
From Karnataka, we took an overnight taxi to Hampi! This place is one-of-a-kind! It is full of enchanting ruins and massive boulders..a scenery unlike anything I have witnessed just yet! Sunsets on the boulders will certainly be missed!
From there I traveled via overnight bus to Bangalore. From Bangalore, the bud company could not be found...even by the locals!!! So, luckily I had had the help of Indian locals who also jumped on a bus that took us 15 minutes to another stop, and after some confusion we got off. We then entered a seemingly unrelated tourist company's office and got on a sleeper bus to Cochin at 6pm (originally sceduled for a 4:30 departure). I have been more sane in India just accepting the country for how it is and not trying to apply logic and understand "why?". This is because I often cannot understand why things work (or often times don't quite work) the way I and many others from the Western World might think logical.
So from Cochin straight to Alleppey where four of us embarked on an overnight tour of the backwaters in Kerala. For $25 USD we were each able to indulge in traditional Keralan cuisine, carousing through the palm-tree infested sea of greener-than-green atmosphere. The grass appeared just as green as the pictures! Lunch, Tea, Dinner and breakfast were included, along with a nice room with a (bucket- as in fill a bucket and dump it on your head) shower! This was certainly a highlight of India!
From there we took a bus to Varkala, where I have seen the highest concentration of Westerners to date! Western restaurants (MANY OFFERING WI-FI!) line these outrageously beautiful cliffs overlooking the beaches and ocean! I will spend another 4 nights here before my 30-hour train ride to Mumbai, and on the 22nd, touchdown BANGKOK, THAILAND!!!!!