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Monday, 27 October 2014

Long drive to Delhi - 11 : On way to Cochin

From Trivandrum or Thiruvananthapuram to Cochin or Kochi the distance is nearly 220 km but feels like 440 km! We took NH 47 which is a part of 620 km long highway connecting Salem to Coimbtore, Kochi, Trivandrum & Kanyakumari. This route is one of the busiest highways in India with large percentage of trucks. We took a break for the night in a Alleppy hotel.

In most of Kerala the roads are narrow & congested with heavy traffic. Most of the terrain is hilly & there are large number of bridges - narrow & old. Potholes & sudden intermittent rains stall your speed. State is thickly populated along the highways & patience in driving is called for. No one here likes to wear helmets or seat belts & overloaded vehicles are common sight.

But of course these roads have greenest scenery as well!

Nice view on NH 47, though you wish that it was a 'proper' highway

Water & greenery everywhere

Some buildings are close to highways 
Churches & Hammer & Sickle signs are common sight

Modern & old houses amidst the greenery
Onam festival decoration

In Kollam we headed for the beach. Clean India compaign has not reached there as yet!
Beautiful mermaid was waiting for us at the beach! With clean surroundings it would have been more impressive



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