Happy Onam :)
We had today off work as it is the main day of Onam. We all dressed in our traditional Indian outfits and looked very Indian! Destin was spending time at home with her family today so George took us on a trip to three different waterfalls along a river; Athirappilly, Charpa and Vazhachal.
It was only Rs. 9 to get into the waterfalls for locals – so our token Indian, Shreena, was okay as they assumed she was a local! However, as tourists we were charged Rs.30. We had an awesome trek down to the waterfalls – I stayed at the back with Shreena clinging on to me – she’s not really used to hiking. The views were spectacular, and the falls had a healthy flow from the monsoon rains.
After this we stopped for a traditional Onam lunch. George dropped us back at home at 4pm and we all fell asleep straight away! He came to pick us up again at 6pm to go to see some traditional Onam festivities. We saw some wild elephants in the middle of the round...
...and then watched some traditional dance and singing performances on the stage in the middle of the round. There are three types of traditional Keralan dance we saw; Mohiniyattam, Koodiyattam and Kathakali the dances tell a story and the music is sung with the help of musical instruments.
We arrived home to find the cockroach issue is becoming worse. Must buy some pesticide spray tomorrow! For now we are just keeping them shut in the kitchen. I’m also starting to think that bringing some water purification tablets would have come in useful at times like this when we have run out of bottled water and tap water is not drinkable!
Somehow it’s now 2:30am and we are getting picked up by Destin at 9:30am so i best get some sleep! Xxx