Every monsoon, I yearn to be near water !! though it may not be the best time of the year to do so. This year, it was Kerala and along side cruising around the back waters, I spent some time on the different beaches in Kochi ( Fort Kochi and Cherai) and Alleppey. The otherwise calm Arabian Sea seemed to be wild and naughty in Alleppey and gregarious in Cherai, quite influenced by its fiery counterpart (Bay of Bengal) on the other side of India. The best part of the beaches was that the sand is not clingy, desiring a free ride home !!
The beach along Fort Kochi is marshy and rocky but walking along the promenade, getting drenched in the rain and peeping at the islands across through the Chinese Fishing Nets has its own charm. I sat on a rickety bench soaking in the cool breeze and the morning drizzle and yearning to stretch with the rhythm of the waves like the young man or just roll in the sand feeling mother earth up close and personal.
I spent the afternoon in Cherai Beach in Vypin Island which is just a 5 minute ferry ride away from Fort Kochi watching tender moments of love and care; and
A quick break in the coconut tree lined Pallithodu beach during my back water boat ride and finally lazing on Allapuzha beach before boarding the train back home. Allapuzha perhaps is one of the few places where the railway station is almost on the beach.