Hotel Kumily Gate
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Today we got up at 0600 to take a boat trip hoping to catch a glimpse of wild elephants drinking on Lake Periyar. No show from the elephants, but we did see an excellent collection of colourful birds and Samba deer. The actual booking in procedure pre departure was a total shambles, and then we were forced to sit on a flat calm lake sporting the biggest life jackets in India. As usual the locals paid 33p for a two hour boat trip and ...
... Bungalow, it is an old colonial house that used to belong to the Brooks Bond Tea Company, hence the name. We loved our hotel and the foods were the best we have had so far. I would like come back to Cochin and spend some more time exploring. Today is the first day of a national general strike. In order to avoid getting caught up in any unrest we left our hotel at 2:00AM this morning and drove to the Periyar Tiger Preserve. We arrived at 6:00AM without ...
... then settled in for a much needed sleep!
It was an early start the next morning, as we got picked up by our Tuktuk at 6am to get us into the park (300R) and onto the first boat (7.30am, 150R), supposedly the best for wildlife spotting opportunities. He was so funny and seemed to treat the whole thing like a mad race, but we were very thankful to him when we managed to get the front seats! The boat trip was very relaxing and the scenery very picturesque, ...
... and a lower deck. It probably seats about 150 people. The smaller ones seat less than 50. They come around to make sure we have our life preservers on and that they are properly fastened. They are very meticulous about this. I learn later, from Mr. Cyriac, that one of these boats capsized in September, 2009 and 45 people died. A British couple staying at Pepper County was on the boat when it capsized. They helped to save a number of other ...
... area. After creeping forward another
20 or so metres we could just about make out two elephants about 25
metres down a hill through jungle. It was amazing! We crouched and
watched for a few minutes watching the tear up some branches and
chew on them whilst I got some pictures with my pap lens. Then the
elephants appeared to be coming towards us! According to our guide
elephants have three warning signs when they are about to charge-
first they stamp their ...