Trivandum, Kerala... film festival on

On Tue in Allepey, I paid Rs 200 (S$8) for a very basic hotel room. On Wed, I paid Rs 150 ($6) only, in Qullom.  Arriving in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandum), capital of Kerala State on Thu, I had real difficulty finding a room as 1) this is capital of the state, 2) the Kerala International Film Festival is on.  I found a room at the 8th hotel I stepped into and I had to pay Rs 500 (S$20) but it¡¯s quite ok¡­ BBC news, bright new place conducive for writing.