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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 …
... Samo wejscie do jaskini to bramka zamykana na klodke (sic!), zeby miejscowi wandale nie zniszczyli. W drodze do jaskini musielismy zrobic drobny off-road, bo okazalo sie, ze deszcze podmyly glowna droge. Oczywiscie nie zabraklo tez deszczu po zwiedzaniu jaskini. Po powrocie z wycieczki przez chwile nie padalo i na szybko udalo nam sie obejrzec kawalek upraw na plantacji Vanchego. A potem znowu zaczelo ...
... burning local whiskey.
Dropping us at the esteemed Morgan Dormitory, in the pitch black, deathly quiet and starlit sky we arranged to rendez-vous at 5.30am for another crack at Tony the Tiger.
After some early morning cockroach bashing in the room, we rose bright and early, wrapped up and headed for the jeep. Anticipating a better showing than last night, we set off, however quickly became ...
At Thekkapadu we saw the feeding of the elephants, these being tame elephants, each one of which had a lifelong mahout. We got to see two youngster elephants, the oldest of which slithered its trunk over John and Rosina's faces, the joke being that the elephant was 'snogging' them, and the youngest tiniest of babes, such a cutie, that we got to hold truks with, like shaking hands, and stroke the bristles on its back.
Emily was ...
... then the train set off on its way.
Standing right in front of us, in the small train carriage, was a lady boy (eunnuch) with his/her young manfriend, which naturally fascinated me, and we all got friendly during the ride. People got off at different stations so that soon no-one was left standing, and the lady boy had George sitting on her lap for some of the journey. The small and delightful stations that we passed through were Wellington, Aryanvakadu, Ketti ...
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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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