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Lovely among the trees
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The Periyar Nature Reserve entrance is packed with rows of tour coaches, cars and vans. Noisy crowds gather and the chance of seeing any wildlife on our planned nature walk seems unlikely. But, once past the opportunistic macaques, the animal sculptures and tortoise-shaped stores, most of the milling throng line up for the double-decker boat rides …
Dominating Madurai is the 17-century temple complex of Meenakshi Amman. With a kaliedoscopic, pyramidal gopuram (tower) of painted sculptures at each axis, and large columnated corridors around a central shrine to Shiva, this is a place to spend a day in. As an active place of worship, it is heaving with devotees, laying floral tributes, smearing …
It’s topped off by someone flinging an empty box of fireworks on to the bonfire in front of us without checking quite how empty they are first. A rocket flies past Sam’s head while another explodes by his feet, but hey, we’ve all had a few drinks (except Sam of course) and no-one actually gets hurt, so what the heck, let’s party!!!
And then, at precisely ten past 12, they switch everything off and everyone goes to bed within seconds of ...
... ride through the plantation!
After such a thrilling journey we arrived at our resort of stay, Carmelia Haven! It is the oldest Plantation Resort in Thekkady. Its quiet ambience, upland farm surroundings and good food, suited us just FINE! The resort has its own spice plantations and houses many tropical trees and plants, which we explored in the evening after a delicious KERALA dinner.
Early start today- 5am for the 2 hour drive by keep to Gavi, part of the Periyar Tiger Reserve. Pretty painful getting up but SOOOOOO worth it. The jeep ride alone was super fun, as I was on my own, the driver and I got to be at the front and quicker than the other jeeps. Which meant we got to see more animals. Best spot at dawn was two Great Indian Hornbills. They are an endangered species and a rare find! Google them if you can as they ...