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Tuesday, March 20, 2001
Male', The Maldives to Kovalam, India
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Kovalam, India:
Latitude: 8° 23' 11" North
Longitude: 76° 58' 49" East
Altitude: 28 feet
From Seattle: 10220 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Hotel Greenland

Today's Travel:
Countries: The Maldives, India
Regions: Kaafu, Kerala
Route: Indian Airlines flight 964: Male' - Trivandrum; Taxi: Trivandrum - Kovalam
Path:Male', The Maldives - Kovalam, India
Linear:406 miles
Weather: Mostly Sunny / Partial Sun

Available Photos:

Lighthouse beach (downtown Kovalam) Kovalam, India

Fishing boats getting ready to go out Kovalam, India

Post sunset sky Kovalam, India

Post sunset sky and ocean Kovalam, India

All photo images © 1997-2000 Anthony Jones - Images may not be used without prior written approval.

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1440
Linear Dist: 274564
Countries Visited: 75
Regions Visited: 283
More stats...
Hotels: 569
Friends / Family: 338
Camping: 130
Hostels: 262
Transit: 97
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 4552

Journal Entry:
I got to sleep in a little and got up at eight. Packed for the plane trip then walked into the center of town. I spent an hour getting the battery in my dive computer changed. I'm not planning on using it for awhile, but this way it's ready when I want to - and all that diving without it made me nervous. After that I couldn't think of anything else to do, so I went to the internet cafe. I spent an hour there then decided to head back to the guest house. On the way I stopped in at a tea shop for some short eats (a snack), then remembered that I had wanted to send some books home. I only had a half an hour until I was supposed to leave from the guest house, but I couldn't imagine carrying the reef guide with me through India and I wanted to keep it, so I set out for the post office. I walked back in to town and found the post office with out a problem, though it was farther than I thought it was. I bought packing materials, then packed my box in front of the clerk, who then told me I had to go get it checked by security. I waited, and luckily they didn't make me unpack. The postage was going to be nearly $40 but I insisted on the printed materials rate so then I had to cut a hole in the box so the contents could always be seen, then go back to security, then fill out paperwork - but it cost a quarter the price. By the time I left the post office I should have left the guesthouse 20 minutes earlier.

I took a taxi back to my room, changed into dry clothes, through my stuff together and was out the door. I had a bit of trouble finding a taxi so I had to walk a ways - so much for the dry clothing! At the ferry I had to wait about 20 minutes for the dhoni to fill up. By the time I got to the airport I was an hour later than I was planning - good think I was planning on getting there more than two hours early. There was no problem checking in and converting the remainder of my Rufya (they wanted an exchange slip, but when I pointed out that they hadn't given me one they let it slide). I wandered through the duty free shops - incredibly expensive. A pleasant short flight later I was back in India. As usual I managed to pick the slowest immigration line - I was one of the last people through. Outside the airport I had a quick argument with the taxi drivers, but as soon as they realized I was returning they gave in and one of them took me for my price. A short ride later, and exactly an hour after landing in India, I'm back at the Hotel Greenland. The manager hadn't gotten my email, but they still had a room for me - it just needed to be cleaned. So I checked my email again, then wandered the beach. It was very nice to be back in Kovalam - lots of people remembered me and asked how the Maldives were. I watched an ok sunset from the beach rocks, then a spectacular post sunset sky from the beach itself. Back at the hotel I unpacked, then went to my favorite restaurant for diner. Afterwards I went to one of the beach cafes for beers and movies the end of Charlie's Angels (again), and the There's something about Mary (also again). All is all - and somewhat surprisingly - it was very nice to be back in India.

Related Sites:
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: India
CIA - The World Factbook: India

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