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Travel Blogs from Thekkady
... officer, who guided us. Our expectations had been tempered by all the warnings, which may have added to how amazing the hike ended up being.
We saw a raucous troop of langur monkeys leaping through the treetops. These were black langurs with golden manes, rather than the white furred langurs we had seen previously. We also saw the local giant squirrel, which doesn't sound exciting, but really is. It's a rare sighting, and we saw ...
Thursday 5th April 2012 We are up early for our drive to Thekkady. Our first stop on arrival is to see the elephants!! On the drive we witness a harvest parade (this is not an official name but what I am calling it). Bani tells us this is done at the beginning of a harvest to ensure that it is a good one. We arrive around 11ish and get to meet the elephants straight away. Char, Steph and I are to have a ride with Mira. It's for half an hour and it's cool that you ...
... what a way to help me sleep I thought!
With Sam Boy feeling better and the taxi booked for the next day I got onto a cooking course I had been wanting to do. There was a great crowd there, lot's of English. Again, there wasn't much actual cooking ourselves but I learnt a reasonable amount about Keralan food. At 1am the next morning it was extremely apparent I had got food poisoning from the evening cooking class. Thankfully, although very extreme, it ...
... at the entrance offices and we paid our 300 rupees each entrance fee.
As we waited for the security gate to open we had an early morning cup of masala tea from a small shack just inside the gate. The family who ran it were moving around in the dark with only a single light bulb to help them. The man of the house asked us what we would like and then set about his task in a manner akin to a professional barista. He even whipped up a ...
... of some of the trees such as teak and silk cotton. We came across some piles of elephant dung which our guide told us was quite fresh. We then walked around following a seemingly random route that felt like we were going in circles until we realised that our guide was actually tracking the elephants. Some of the signs like broken branches were obvious but other times it was clear that our guide was following clues that we were unaware of. After some time our guide told us to stay ...
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