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After leaving Madurai we headed west. After about an hour across the flat rice padi fields we saw the western ghats which is fortunate as that is where we were heading. After about 3hours driving the road went up, and for 20 minutes we climbed. Stopping on the way only to check out the hydro-electric head race pipes.
Our destination was the "Spice Village Resort" at Kumily. This ...
Pepper may be the king of spices but Cardamon is apparently the queen. We learned a lot of about spices at the Ayurvedic spice garden today, after passing through miles of Cardamon plantations and apparently hidden pepper, coffee and many other special trees and bushes. But there is also a cheat, the spice you use when your cupboard is bare, called Allspice, as the leaf appears to have a bit of everything! The trip ...
... long or folded in half until I get to the ticket booth. Once there we queue for our official ticket which will give us the seat number and boat. Then as we try to get on the boats we are told we need a camera permit and need to go back to the same window we just came from. So now there is a queue going in both directions. The guy in front asks who wants camera tickets and collects our money and buys them all together to try and save some time, so much for ...
There are 1000 elephants in Periyar Reserve, but they have toying with us, leaving talismans on the grounds around the lodge, leaving places just before we got there. Not having seen any yesterday on boat rides and a hike, today was do or die. A boat ride in the early morning mists was wonderfully scenic, but a bust when it came to elephants. We left the park in search of other adventures when the word came to us (from a park ...
... Clarke...whom I almost called to say help!! But thankfully it resolved itself. Phew. Anyway, I arrived 2 hours late at Dewolukum the organic farm, which is amazing!!! Swam in the pool, read in the hammock and now dinner. They run an organic farm and tomorrow's plans are: yoga and meditation ( I am the only guest so one to one with an infamous yoga teacher apparently!!), followed by 2 hour walk in forest and then to the taylor to have my sharer fitted! ...
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