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Cheapest dinner of the trip

Just 50 rupees / NZ $1.00 / US$0.80.

Day 3 Kochi > Kozhikode > Kalpetta

Birds are awake and the sun is up so must I.

With a 9am / 09:00 departure for the railway station, it was out just after 7am / 07:00 to find somewhere open for breakfast. From yesterday's walk around, this town certainly doesn't wake early for the cafes and restaurants to open to cater for the early bird tourist breakfast trade. Perhaps the tourists just want a lie in.

Went to a bakery that I saw yesterday morning open in Burgher St with a view to buy my lunch to eat on the train and they were open serving breakfast.

After Guenter's email suggestion to try Masala Tea and as it was on the menu, a large cup 60 rupees / NZ$1.25 / US$.90 was ordered along with a banana coconut pancake 120 rupees / NZ$2.50 / US$1.85 and scrambled eggs 50 rupees / NZ$1.00 / US$.80 rupees. That plus lunch came to 365 rupees / NZ$7.60 / US$5.60 was more than enough to set myself up for the day.

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A 9am / 09:00 met to leave with the promised stop at the Synagogue.

Opened at 10am / 10:00 so we had a bit of free time before that.

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The handpainted blue Chinese floor tiles were all different yet at a glance the same. Plus the many chandeliers were 2 unique features of this 400 year old building. No photography inside the Synagogue. As I like taking photos of door frames, somehow the interior got in the way.

Originally built in 1568, this synagogue was partially destroyed by the Portuguese in 1662, and rebuilt two years later when the Dutch took Kochi. It features an ornate gold pulpit and elaborate hand-painted, willow-pattern floor tiles from Canton, China, which were added in 1762. It’s magnificently illuminated by Belgian chandeliers and coloured-glass lamps. The graceful clock tower was built in 1760. There's an upstairs balcony for women, who worshipped separately according to Orthodox rites.

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/india/kochi-cochin/attractions/a/poi-sig/356338

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Then back into the shuttle van and onto the railway station.

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Car C1, seat 68 but gather under the sign 4 on platform 1. Confused?

Perhaps it should be... go to platform 1, find the sign with 4 on it and this is where the train carriage C1 will stop. Board and find seat 68.

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Climbed aboard, took a seat and enjoyed the 4 hour ride to Kozhikode.

The bullet train it certainly was not. Left at noon some 40 minutes late. Past through the countryside and the new airport with their solar panels laid out like soldiers in neat rows capturing the sun rays allowing it to be the first solar powered airport in the world.

From the comfort of the aircon carriages we past fields of rice that had just being harvested, tall coconut trees and banana plantations. Villages dotted the countryside.

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Biryani, coffee, Chai, cold drinks shouted out by the Arenco guys dressed in their red tops as they constantly went up and down the carriages touting for trade carrying their goods on the their heads cushioned by a flat top baseball cap.

The train took 4 hours 40 minutes to reach Kozhikode with many stops along the way.

The Kozhikode railway station was bustling crowded with people coming and going or patiently waiting for their train.

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All aboard our own bus for the 2.5 hour journey uphill to Kalpetta in the Wayanad district.

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Lost count of the number of tight switch backs. The driver had to literally use the whole road to get around the tight corners. So many cars but it's Christmas Eve and was to be expected as people headed back to their home area.

Passing fields of pineapple and rubber plantations we finally reached Kalpetta in the dark.

We all decided to go vegetarian but the crazy busyness of the Udupi Restaurant meant one group had to wait for quite a while before a table became free. Reminded me of some of the jam packed Chinese restaurants that I've been to.

Cheapest dinner so far. Just 50 rupees / NZ $1.00 / US$0.80 for the Masala Dosa while the Pepsi cost 30 rupees / NZ$0.60 / US$0.50. (PS - This turned out to be the cheapest dinner of the whole trip.)

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Finally got to Villa Wynard for the next 2 nights. The last couple hundred of metres we had to walk as the bus was too large for the narrow lane. Thank goodness our bags came in the Villa Wynard's small van.

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An apartment block with several rooms, some sharing the bathroom. Great water pressure after the last hotel which was at times a dribble. Talk about narrow and firm beds. We were warned about the firm beds so no surprise here.

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