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Day 22 - all day
Day 3 of Southern India Tour
It didn't take me very long to realize that there would never be a dull moment on this Southern India tour. Getting up at the crack of dawn in preparation of today's activities can justify this. Just imagine.....ahead of me I had an entire travelling ...
... a few tigers and panthers", slightly worrying! Although, apparently they don't come out after 10am, so we were fine! Overall though it was good to get some understanding of the history of the area and some of his tribal rituals including the importance of nature and buffalos. Buffalos aside though, things aren't altogether different in many ways as he invited us into his house for a sit down, tea and biscuits, all very civilised, nice!
... them, then they went down a pipe, then they were cut and they went into a weird cylinder with funny ends called something like a "googly". That "cooked" the tea.
Later on the tea got sieved into the different grades.The factory smelt of a muggy leafy smell and at the end we got a sample of tea and I'm not a big tea fan but I really really liked it.
Now, I just want to share one of my travelling rules with you - when I read guide books or reviews on the internet about places to stay and the most prominent attribute is “I felt part of the family” or “Mr Kumar made us very welcome and the staff are very friendly” I avoid it because, when on holiday, I like to do what I want to do and I don’t want to have to be grateful to somebody else for organising my life – selfish maybe ...
... a hospital-acquired infection while visiting my grandfather.
I'm a bit late, but I'm finally here. Our train from Goa had climbed through the Western Ghats on our overnight way to Bangalore. On the local train from Bangalore to Mysore, we rode third-class with open windows for three hours, wonderful. Then a long bus ride into the Nilgiri Hills, past wild elephants in the Mudumalai National Park on the road climbing the hills to Ooty.