Rotary Polio Trip to India

The day before last we boarded a houseboat around noon at Alleppey in the district of Kerala on the west coast of India for an afternoon and overnight exploration of the backwaters of Kerala. The backwaters of Kerala is a network of interconnected canals, rivers, lakes and inlets formed by more than 900 km of waterways.  There is a thriving community living along the river most of whom work in the rice fields that back on to the river and are fed by a unique system of canals.  (you can see more about the area by goggling houseboat tours Alleppeny India).

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We left the houseboat and Alleppey on Tuesday morning and headed north to further explore Kerala.  With fertile soils and warm, wet climate Kerala is one of the world’s premier spice-producing regions.  We toured a spice plantation, learned a lot about the health benefits from various spices, tasted them fresh off the tree and ended up buying some from the third generation owner of the plantation.

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From there we checked into our hotel and then headed out for an evening elephant ride.  All in all it was a great two day.

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Today was amazing touring the tea plantations owned by the Tala Corporations and visiting a school for the “Differently Able” – it was great to back into a school.  I will tell you all about it tomorrow but it is after midnight and I have an early morning tomorrow.  We are off to Cochin for the final two days.

Thanks for your patience with me.  I will see if I can improve my postings once I get home.  I will try to write again tomorrow as we will have internet.

Night for now

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