Niraamaya Retreats Cardamom Club Thekkady
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... 6:30am. When we arrived, there were a number of other tuk tuks and coaches waiting. Our tuk tuk squeezed through to the front of the queue. As the gate opened, a 4x4 car led the way (a bit like the F1 safety car) and all of the tuk tuks - revving their engines - fought to get poll position. The race was on! We looked into the other tuk tuks and waved at the other tourists then leaned forward to tell our driver to go faster. At the ...
... and tea displayed in large sacks which looked amazing; one of the stalls sold vegetables that I recognised, potatoes, cauliflower and carrots, we certinally haven't seen much of these. Another stall had great cooking pots and of course a wonderful display of machetees which they use to open cocoanuts;don't think Ill come across these in Warwick market! Great place
In the afternoon we visited a spice garden called Mr ...
... an extremely knowledgeable young guide took us through all plants etc etc!
In the evening we attended a cooking class in Sheril's house... it was more like cooking with the family than an actual class, and Chris spent most of the time messing around with the little kid! The food was great and it was good to get an insight into Indian cooking, especially the coconut ...
... put us together because we are close in age. Our guide is named Agi. It is readily apparent how much he loves the animals, the park and his job. We are lucky to have him. We don't see many animals, but it is a lovely walk. Agi tells us how one day he and his group came upon a tiger by accident. He also tells us about the time his father and other members of his village heard loud crashing noises and discovered that it was two ...
... but definately not least we saw a giant grizzly squirrel, which looks just as the name suggests - about the size of a small dog but living in a tree! We were really lucky as they are very rare. And no, we didn't see any tigers... and we would have **** ourselves if we had!
For our last day and night in Kumily we went to see Kalaripayattu, the traditional martial art of Kerala. It is over 3000 years old and said to have influenced Karate and ...