Rest Day in Varkala
Ha! Another sleepless night. I thought it was a wedding with a really bad disco, playing mantra chanting all night long, punctuated by random rockets and firecracker salvos. I've since discovered I'm accommodated right next door to the 2000 year old Janardhani Swami temple, a major centre of Hindu pilgrimage. Open 24/7 too it seems. Pilgrims pay for the fireworks. I'm not a temple person myself, but it scores highly on Trip Advisor so I may as well go and have a shuftie. The monotone chanting is literally non-stop and is really starting to grate. Why didn't I hear it the first night -because my ceiling fan only works on the highest speed setting. Not only does this blow the sheet off the bed, dry your laundry in 5 minutes, and keeps the mozzies grounded due to high crosswinds, but it also generates enough noise to drown out a fire works party. Unfortunately, I decided to leave it switched off last night.
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|Apparently even the sea water in this bay is holy, so swamis have set up shop to 'baptise' the pilgrims|
|It just seems wrong to go for a swim now, especially in my lightweight touring 'speedo's|
Monday evening and it's eerily quiet around here. I was planning to visit the temple after dark but it shuts on Mondays. Earlier I visited an Airtel agent to check out why my SIM card hadn't activated. It turns out it can only be activated from the within the state where you gave your address, for me that was Mumbai (Maharashtra). Now I'm in Kerala the only option was to buy another one.
I was interested to read about the shooting of a tiger near Ooty that had allegedly killed 3 villagers. I'm passing through the National Parks around Ooty and have just decided the tent might just stay in my panniers.
Enough idle chatter, the alarm is set for 06:30 and I have a plan to clock 120 km tomorrow. I've pre-loaded with calories.......1 litre of Kingfisher, tandoori fish (and chips) and fried banana and ice-cream.