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Our second homestay was Aranyakam, a homestay in a Keralyan bungalow surrounded by a coffee plantation. The veranda was a perfect spot to settle with a book.
After lunch we drove to Kanthampara waterfall where we went walking, and was pretty, but not as dramatic as it would be with more …
... speak the same language, but are able to gesture and smile enough to laugh about the big black goat on my front porch who enjoying the shade and chewing his cud agreeably while shying away from me with mild concern. Threatened because this was "my" cottage. "My" retreat and "my" glass window where they could peep in at any time. (Oh, dear. I think I sent my parents for a loop at that statment!). No! no one peeped! My decency and modesty are still intact! ;) But, it's disconcerting ...
... sick with a chest infection, but, on the recommendation of a nurse, I bought some antibiotics at a druggist and the pills have been clearing it up.
We arrived in Kalpetta on New Year's Eve and although we were invited to attend a local celebration, neither Genesta or I felt up to it. Truth be told, we didn't even make it to the count down and were asleep by 10pm.
Kalpetta is settled in a lush mountain range, where tea, coffee, beetle ...
... for the upcoming Bangladesh v England game, which involved a ridiculous train journey then to Kolkata, then bus journey through Bangladesh for the best part of over 2 days to get there...dedication for you, take note Pietersen and co!
After a leisurely journey to Mysore we bade farewell to Big Harv and walked in the searing heat to the bus station, arriving dripping in sweat, I asked a conductor ...
... it was then up to the servants to shoo her away.
As we all sat on the verandah the subject came uo about how John and Emily might spend some time alone together before she went off to continue her cycles around the world. The point of this was that it was really time up now for me and the children in Johns place. Not that I feel to leave this lovely place though, and with too much emotion I had to slip off to my room for a little cry unseen by all. ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsAranyakam Kalpetta
We had a large room on the first floor of the Keralan bungalow, with a lovely sitting out area on the verandah, overlooking the garden and coffee bushes. Our hosts were friendly and happy to chat. Meals were home cooked and fresh, and introduced us to several local delicacies, served in an attractive eating area. We visited Kanthampara waterfalls (Meenmuthy Falls has been closed.)
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