Travel Blogs from Kodaikanal
Sunday the 14th of July was probably the roughest patch on our trip; I made an error in planning. I had overlooked the fact that 14th was a Sunday and had scheduled a trip to my college to meet some of the old Prof's and also to show my son the college. I realized it pretty late after one of my classmates, now a professor at the college called to invite me to give a guest lecture to the 3rd and ...
... the mountain. The rest had to be collected by hand. This was rustic living if I’d ever seen it.
The adults were a bit more skeptical of us. The older women didn’t seem to pay us much mind, though a few of the middle aged adults smiled at us. I tried to thank them for allowing us to visit their village, but I can’t say I’ll ever know if they understood. What I did see is that they smiled at me as I bowed my head in confused gratification at all ...
So all-in-all a great day trekking, more beautiful views of Kerala and no wonder they call this part of India "God's own country" - because they have the best of everything.
Tomorrow we're off to Madurai to see the famous temple there but have been told it's very hot - compared to here which is a lot cooler than the rest of Kerala so we'll see how that one works out with no air-con!
"Tata" for now ;-)
Today is day two of the cloud city, unfortunately the last day that we'll be here. We have some more hiking around to do and maybe some shopping before we head out. We started out the morning similarly to yesterday, waking shortly after the sunrise and venturing out onto the lawn in front of our dorms to admire the view. After a quick breakfast we were ready to go.
We started out with Coaker's Walk which is supposed to have a beautiful view. Unfortunately, as ...
... it was unbelievable that he had found them. We were in luck, more rare endemic species followed. The Black Baza caused all sorts of excitement, as did the beautifully colourful Malabar Trogan. Sitting by the Periyar River we saw Kingfishers also. Returning to the homestay the guide pulled over and insisted that we meet a local legend. An old guy looked in through the car window, he was famous in the region for catching King Cobras ...
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