I’ve made 2 trips to  India, one just around Kerala on a motorbike with the addition of an overnight train to Goa.

The 2nd started on the east coast in Chenin and travelled, mostly by train, across the country to Kerala with stops along the way.

Smiffy’s India

Really Useful Info On India

How to use the ATMs!.

They are the slowest ATMS in the world! I’ve walked away think it doesn’t work, but it did!

How to book a train

There are travel agents in Goa & Fort Cochin  but outside of that you’re on your own (it’s cheap to book it yourself anyway!)

 Indian Visas.

Rules and costs change all the time but here is the procedure we wen through.                


About  India

India About

Travelling by Train

A railway station somewhere! Note the sign ‘6’ there will be a board stating which number carriage stops here.

1st Class Air Con Sleeper on Express train. Got sheets, blankets and modest curtain

The Ticket

 More room than an airline seat!

2nd Class fan sleeper. No blankets, no curtains what you see is it!

Unreserved seat. No, it isn't a sleeper, the guy is sleeping on the luggage rack!

The Booking Form

Wot no beer!!!!

Even in states that are no ‘dry’, there are still ‘No beer Days’

First Monday of each month.

This is payday for most Indians and the Government want to ensure you make it home with your pay packet in tact!!!

Indain Food

One of the hioghlights of India is their food.

Varies from state to state, but unlike the curries of UK

Lots of veggies & veery cheap

Top left Lunch Talia £1.50

Middle Plain Dosa 40

Bottom Dosa Marsala 90 p