19.11.2010 - 19.11.2010
“Who the hell sells fake sun cream?!” I was stood in front of the mirror with third degree burns on my shoulder and chest.
We spent the rest of the day chilling out, trying to stay out of the sun and trying to find the shop we bought the cream from.
The afternoon we jumped on the train to Kollam just half an hour up the road. We checked into an average hotel and paid an above average price then headed down to the riverside for a look around.
“Would you like to see my house boat?” asked a local guy at the jetty.
He led us to a brand new looking rice barge style houseboat. It was beautiful. One huge en-suite bedroom and a deck living and dining area made up the main parts of the boat. There was also a roof terrace for late night drinks. There was a crew of three; a cook, an engineer and the captain.
“So, would you like to hire my boat for the night?”
We sat down and did a deal to include all meals, a tour of the local villages and a cruise north up the lake. The lot £70. It was a lot compared with what we’d been spending per day in India, but lets face it, it’s the same price as a night in a Travel Lodge at the side of the M6.
Our tea was nan bread and crisp sandwiches, which we ate whilst watching Ratatouille on TV.