Apart from the tourist attractions this is what I came for. To experience the bright side of Indian life.
Kovalam is a fishing town some 22 miles south of the city of Chennai formerly Madras. It’s a Saturday and the beach is full of weekenders and day trippers.
What a pleasant bustling little town, cleaner than usual. Although I am the only white man here I feel comfortable and safe. The people are very friendly and welcoming plus nobody is trying to sell me stuff or begging.
I realise that my £23 per night hotel is the best in town, these are the facilities middle class Indians expect. No hot water, a bucket for a bidet, frosted windows to name a few. Some fittings are shabby, WiFi dodgy and several short power cuts. That’s just the way it is.
It’s a joy to be amongst these people as they enjoy the pleasures of the sea and beach with its stalls.
Rehman tells me about the town, it’s popularity particularly for surfing and his shop which is closed for the holiday.
At sundown the stalls and come to life some a coconut shy type to win big colourful teddies. No tat at all just local food and handicrafts. Bonus, nobody is blathered. A few cups of chai later it’s bottle of water, dinner and TV, what a day.
Traveling and staying off the booze.