India by Motor Bike
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15 December 2017 till 8 January 2018 (24 days, 3.5 weeks). We rented a Royal Enfield Bullet 350 for 11+5.5=16.5 days and drove 1.565 km around the southern Indian states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. We spent New Year’s Eve … Read More

Flight from Delhi to Moscow to Berlin
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Don’t do it here. We have 7 hours stop over in Delhi to do some souvenir shopping, so we take the airport express metro (50 Rupies, 7 Euro) to New Delhi Railway Station. Ugly random building. We had dinner at … Read More

Protected: Local Hindi Sign
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1.565 km with a Royal Enfield Bullet 350 in India
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During 16.5 days, we filled the reservoir 4 times and spent 3.200 Rupies (42 Euro) on petrol. The handbrake stopped working once because the brake fluid had disappeared. The remainders looked horribly old. The carburator was loose once so it … Read More

Lokamaleswaram to Kochi Airport and Flight to Delhi
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Goat porn on the way to the airport. Our hirer is late, so we leave the bike to go to the check-in. Our flight is delayed by 1 hour – so A. could meet him and do a last selfie. … Read More

Thrissur to Lokamaleswaram
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Going off-road towards the beach, we found many wooden and reed houses. We chatted nicely with this family. Father (57), mother, daughter (28), son (26) and grand-daughter (5). Their neighbors were fishermen and relatives. The temple chief came walking by … Read More

Coimbatore to Thrissur
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A. had too many spicy snacks (and beer) and no food the evening before. He felt bad when we started in Coimbatore. The plan was to go 114 km to Thrissur. After several stops to recover, A. had to pull … Read More

Pollachi to Coimbatore
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Look at this in India! Slips, Panties, Nightwear, etc. Fortune teller on the roadside. The bird came out of the cage and picked cards from the top of the pile until the fortune teller gave him a signal to hand … Read More

Valparai to Pollachi
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We had beers and fake Barcardi with Arun and Deepthi,  an Indian couple. He owns several companies and an African Twin. She is a medical doctor. They might visit us in Berlin. The picture shows how we felt the next … Read More

Cherai to Valparai
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Room service breakfast in our homestay on the beach. The room costs 1.500 Rupies (19.70 Euro) An elephant near a temple The party is over If there is empathy, there is poopathy Preaching can harm you and others Athirappilly Falls … Read More

Kochi to Cherai 
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The dog adopted us for New Year’s Eve. Someone in the hostel fitted the luminous horns. New Year’s was unspectacular. Fireworks for 5 minutes. Indians seem not to have money to waste. We decided to hit the road and not … Read More

Walking Around in Fort Kochi
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Waiting room? Sales job offer Trash Jewish quarter Workers from the dockyard going home Street art Santa Claus ready to be burnt at midnight “Look Me” says the spice market Spices being dried with the worker taking a nap Renew … Read More

Thodupzha to Kochi
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Christmas decoration in Kerala. There are really many christian churches in Kerala. Lovely setup, with burned trash. Barber at 80 Rupies (1.05 Euro). India beats many countries here! Jesus, enlightened Locals guided us on an old viaduct road Veg on … Read More

Smartphone Repaired!
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Hooray, Samsung Service Center in Kochi replaced the display, so my GalaxyS8 is working again. The 25 Dec 2017 track was still running and is now recovered.

Booze Shop
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We get better at finding them!

Strange Washing
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We saw these in several locations. And we did not yet find out what they are for. Hypothesis: Dry moist rice cake before baking it.

Driving Around on Small Roads
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We are leaving the mountain area towards Kochi. Seeking small roads to get some more feel about Kerala – and potentially find remote, poorer villages. But there are no poor villages. Pepper being dried next to the road. A well … Read More

Sweet Waiter-Owner
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The waiter kept standing next to us after bringing stuff, so I asked him to pose for a photo. It turned out he is the owner of the place. He even asked us about our opinion about the color of … Read More

No Wifi, But Beer
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The accomodation we finally found has no wifi. The mobile network showed “E” (edge, max 384 kbit/s) – too slow to enjoy. So we went for a walk and found “4G” holding the smartphone up. Use one-hand-standing mode for typing. … Read More

Rooftop Chair
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AFree spotted this

Lemon Tea, Apple, Cocoa
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We are offered these while waiting for her husband checking accomodations in the area. But: No.

Confusing Sign
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Accomodations are fully booked almost everywhere. We have to move again although we would have liked to stay one more night. We find places at 5000 Rupies and above. Nothing is below 2.500 Rupies. Don’t travel in high season in … Read More

Shopping in Adimali
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Finding the Samsung Service Center and the beer store.

Munnar to Anachal
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Changing stay because it could not be prolonged.

Buying Beer in Adimali
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Ask any male in the city where you can buy beer. They will know. In Adimali, we had to ask several times because we happened to be far from the place. The closer we got, going slow and looking around, … Read More

Buying Toothpaste
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You encounter communism in the details: Buying toothpaste in any random supermarket goes like this: Grab the toothpaste from the shelf. (Actually, a supermarket employee came after us “offering” a basket). Pay at clerk No. 1. Get receipt with all … Read More

Souvenir from Adimali
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Soooo many nice communist flags in Adimali… we honor communism and will put one of the flags in A’s living room.

Welding at the Beer Station
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Cables without plugs inserted into sockets.

Driving Around Near Munnar
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Actually, the road to Adimali (Samsung Service Center!) is very busy. Congestions in both directions due to the holiday season. This brings extra thrill to driving, since A. can overtake several cars at once when further down 2 busses try … Read More

Watching a Kalaripayattu Show
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The second show right afterwards was a martial arts show.

Watching a Kathakali Show
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Before the show, you can watch the artists do their make-up. Bascially, he was sitting there grimacing. The eye-rolling was amazing though. The second part of the show was a pantomime dialogue. As always, when weapons are present, there is … Read More

Another Procession
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Is this the budget version of flowers? Veg in paper bin?

Two Birds Interested in Fresh Socks
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They were looking at the socks and discussing heavily.

Religious Procession
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Wild dancers and drummers come first. Then come ladies with nice flower arrangements. The comes the main character. She is pulling a little wagon with an altar – with hooks inserted into her back skin. Her mouth is perforated with … Read More

Smartphone broken
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A’s smartphone did not survive being a navigational system on an Royal Enfield Bullet 350. The upper part of the display has ceased to react to finger movements. I will wait for the battery to die and restart. But probably, … Read More

Arrived in Munnar
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This town has not waited for us either. High season – all full. We checked 10+ places. Finally, we found a pretty run-down room for 2.500 Rupies at a homestay. The manager asked to keep our passports. No. He wanted … Read More

Driving Through Tea Plantations towards Munnar
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We have not seen any elephants. Most likely, they hide during these days of intense touristic traffic.

Catholicism and Islam at Work
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Lit-up Joseph and decorated Jesus? Church with a drive-buy offertory. They like these multi-story things here. Again, “my” Jesus. Mosque built on a layer of shops.

Communism at Work
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Good old Friedrich Engels is still kicking ass.

Walking Around Kumily
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A got ill. Yesterday’s ride was too much and a flue kicked in. We need a rest day.

Book a Tiger?
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A. really wants to see a tiger. Everyone in Kumily says, that there are 35-40 tigers, but you will not be able to spot them. Book a T

Abundance of Home Stays in Kumily
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We have not shopped around since we were too tired. We stayed at Claus Gardens. Recommendable!

Dinner in Kumily
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We deserved this!

Fighting to get to Kumily
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This ride was too long! 152 km. Last hour was in the dark (no, you should not do it!). We underestimated the lentgh and low average speed: 26 km/h (driving) or 20 km/h pauses included. Roads are just too crowded … Read More

Processions of Religious Groups
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Many different groups, distinguishable by their different clothing and make-up, walked around. Some in the city. Some between villages.

Boy in a Village
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Today, for the first time, we took a small road through some more remote and poorer villages – see the funny detour on the map. So far, Kerala looks rich. Many houses are big and well maintained.

Drying Clothes with AC Help
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In Punalur, we could not find a place to stay. All hotels were booked. Therefore, we drove on to Kottakakakam and stayed in a posh hotel.

Father Christman Everywhere
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This first guy looks rather intimidating. This one would dance after you clap! The store owner ran out and clapped when he saw us take the photo.

Breakfast
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Boring to see that we have the same breakfast every day, right? Lunch usually is not much different. Same Same. Bathroom to wash hands. Spot the shaver and the toothpaste? We have developed some skills eating with our right hand.

Eagles Finding Prey
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The coast has a very rich wildlife of eagles.

Enlightened by Christianity
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Not sure if the concept of snow applies here.

Amma brought us Bed Bugs, Mosquitos and Bird Shit
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Not a bed bug, but the only small animal we could spot. It must be the culprit! Lesson learned about travelling with a motor bike: Look at the floor before you park, or deal with bird shit everywhere.

Amma’s Rules and Directions
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Here is a leaflet from the ashram.

Life is a Pudding
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And the taste of sweetness is universal. This was a part of a sermon we overheard at the ashram. You agree, or disagree.

Memories of Amma
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We took a photo of her picture (not the picture itself!) which was in our room. But the most memorable was the little wrapped gift that she gave to each of us: A nut, wrapped nicely in an orange package … Read More

Staying One Night in Amritapuri Ashram, Kerala (India)
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The next morning, we continued the search and finally found the ashram. We spent a night as visitors in the ashram. Mata Amritanandamayi, is known throughout the world as Amma, or Mother, for her selfless love and compassion toward all … Read More

Going for a Walk Outside the Ashram
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This action is considered dangerous (by Amma) and we even spoke with locals.

Visiting a Hindu Temple
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In a little ceremony, we got some ketchup on our foreheads.

Perfect Breakfast
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Monster crêpes, filled with some potato stuffing and sauces, 4 cups of tea, 1 bottle of water – for 132 Rupies (less than 2 Euro).

Communist Party Ruled
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The Communist Party of India (CPI) (Bhāratīya Kamyunisṭ Pārṭī) is a communist party in India. There are different views on exactly when the Communist Party of India was founded, but the date maintained as the foundation day by the CPI … Read More

Drinker’s Hotel
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In the basement, beer and wine was sold. We had Kingfisher beers at 200 Rupies (3 Euro for 650 ml, 6 Vol% alcohol) each. One of the 3 guys who we shared the table with was obviously gay. Maybe, all … Read More

School Building to Spend the Night? No, Drinker’s Hotel.
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We were looking for the Amaritapuri Ashram. Lonely Planet mentioned a school run by the Matha Amrithanandamayi Mission as the location of the Asram. It took us at least 5 Tuktuk driver enquiries and 2 local boys on a motor … Read More

Yellow Guy Watching the Traffic
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Hindu, Christian and Muslim worship locations coexist.

Fishing Boats and Chinese Fisher Nets
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The teak wood construction requires 4 men to lift the net out of the water.

Churches
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Churches are more visible than Hindu temples. There seem to be more churches than temples.

Our Bike: Royal Enfield Bullet 350
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It is equipped with an extra rack.

Rental Contract for Our Royal Enfield Bullet
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This is what is says: Date of contract and Bike License Plate Number One day: 900 Rupies 11 days – 10.000 Ruies paid (132 Euro) 2 Helmets, 3 Fixing Ropes. As security: 200 Euro paid.

Hostel in Fort Kochi
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We paid 750 Rupies (10 Euro) for a double room without AC. Cochin Carnival is held in the last week of December every year in Fort Kochi, Kerala. The city will be packed – and we decided to come for New Year’s. We … Read More

Home Stay
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Famous Neighborhood

Handle it!
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Nice: This bus goes direct from the airport to Fort Kochi, right around the corner of a Royal Enfield rental.

Happy Owner
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Just checking if employees are working…

Flight from Delhi to Kochi
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Self-explanatory security check-in boxes.

Visiting Taj Mahal
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Good to have seen the place which gives its name to so many Indian restaurants. Taj Mahal is Muslim territory, so either bare feet or covered with trendy wrapper. Do like the Japanse do. Young foreign people posing and natives … Read More

Bus Stop en Route to Dehli
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These guys were moving petrol from the 2nd reservoir to the main reservoir – in bins, walking it around the truck – spilling massively over their hands.

Telecoms in India
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Network coverage is very good and tariffs are low.

Workshop in Agra
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The guy was working on a huge camshaft on his modern turning lathe.

VK, not Vee Gay with his Helicopter Tuktuk
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We wrote into his guest book. Some Spanish even mentioned his kamasutra skills!

Train to Agra
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Jhelin Express took us to Agra in 4 hours.

Services in India
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India is a telecoms country. India is a service country – repairing a trolley. Entrepreneurs welcome! “Train 32065 has two hours delay. Inconvenience is regretted.” says the loudspeaker. Not our train though.

Impressions from the Train Station in New Delhi
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We did not check the Upper Class Waiting Room. Reading a newspaper. Cleaning the ceiling. Awkward German.

Taking One Train from New Delhi to Agra
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We boarded 3 trains and had to jump off 2 trains because they were the wrong ones. It’s easy to leave a train during 2 minutes after it sets in motion – just hop-on and hop-off at your descretion. Yes, … Read More