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Another year and we’re back in south India, washing the English winter blues away in the warm Arabian Sea, acclimatizing to the heat, lounging the days away reading or sauntering along the beach or following the walkways that run beneath the coconut palms behind the beach and between the marshy ground and jungle pools. Long late breakfasts – banana porridge and black tea, grilled tomatoes and pressed coffee; a mid morning fresh lemon ginger soda on the veranda at the Lonely Planet restaurant watching the birds around the jungle pool, the kingfisher and the cormorant diving for fish, the squacco heron stalking through the reeds, the bee-eaters swooping from the palms, the kites and sea eagles overhead; a little shopping – five made-to-measure shirts for the price of one in the UK; fresh fruit, a jaffle or dhal and chapatti for lunch; a cold beer, a lemon soda or a gin and tonic in a rooftop restaurant above the beach watching the sun go down and, as dusk falls out at sea, the lighting of the fishing boats’ lamps; and then dinner – fresh fish: kingfish, marlin or sea salmon in lemon butter garlic or in the tandoor, fish tikka, Keralan fish molie (unidentified fish in coconut sauce), squid or, for some variety, to the vegetarian restaurants in the back lanes for palak paneer, Kashmiri stuffed naan or perhaps a vegetable thali.

A week of this to restore the soul and then it’s off to Tamil Nadu.

We’re not the only ones happy to be here



Fish, fish, fish


At the jungle pool – washing the tuk tuk, his clothes and himself


Waiting for breakfast at the Lonely Planet


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