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We are now in Munnar at the Hollyhock Mist up high in the mountains over looking a tea plantation. The air is clean and it is much cooler at night and early morning. It was quite the bus ride! The road is narrow, curved and no guard rails along the cliff. Mireille you would have been at the bottom of the bus. It was an old rickety ...
... didn't see anything at all in the way of wildlife for the first hour and a half, apart from the backside of a bison, on our way back to the entrance we finally saw what we had come to see, wild elephants. A huge male and a couple of females were wandering round about 50 metres away from us and we had an excellent view of them for about 20 minutes. It made the whole thing worth it.
... And the vista on every Keralan tourist's to do list is the view from their old fashioned houseboat as it cruises slowly round the the famous 'backwaters'. We spent a night on one of these beautifully crafted wooden houseboats chugging through the labyrinthine network of man made and natural canals, rivers and lakes. From there an old man paddled us in his tiny wooden canoe through the smaller waterways that act as the 'streets' of his ...
... shade of green imaginable.
Although far from Bollywood, Munnar had become quite the centre of showbiz for the duration of our visit, as it turned out Sharukh Khan was filming his latest movie here and he was staying in the same hotel we had planned to eat in. Which explained the heavy security and why our dinner booking was turned down - the cheek!
For our last stop in Kerala, we stayed near a lake in Komarakom, about 5 hours away from ...
... for his day's work...exactly what his Mum demanded from him for one month to live at home! His eyes were opened to a new opportunity and he set about learning all the birds and their calls.
As you can see there's a lot to this story, but in short, encouraged by Janet and her husband John (yes, Janet and John..ho-ho!) Gireesh returned to uni and re-sat his exams and the family began catering for visitors, all the while learning about the birds.
Sudah (the ...