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... off about 10am and within 30 minutes we had seen Sambar Deer. By lunch time we had covered about 10k, walking up and down hills and through thick, dark forest. Every now and then my imagination went wild as I pictured Richard Parker's (Life if Pi) orange and black stripes running past us! Unfortunately no elephants and tigers on day one, but we did see more sambar deer, monkeys, monitor lizard, bison, a tortoise and what seemed liked hundreds of different birds. Chris Packham eat ...
... tight corners, lack of barriers between us and vertical drops and, most of all, a driver with a deathwish. It reminded me of the final scene from the Italian Job and half expected to end up hanging over a precipice (but without the gold bullion). Our delve into the world of spice growing took place at Abraham's. Abraham himself was a friendly old gent who proudly told us about meeting Monty Don (i think this made Clare jealous). ...
... for dear life!
Kumily town itself wasn’t that appealing - a bit grotty and run down, and about a million spice shops, but of course the main draws are the National Park and the spice and tea plantations. We had a great spot to stay, Sumilayam Jungle View Homestay (500R), about 10 minutes out of town and actually set into the jungle - apparently they get all sorts of weird and wonderful creatures coming and going, and while we were there we shared ...
... attached. We unlaced our boots and sipped some hot chai as we overlooked the cloud filled peaks that drifted off into the distance. It really was magic. It was around 4pm when 2 other groups of trekkers joined us. One Indian family headed by the interesting 'I have a wealth of nature knowledge and won't stop talking' Sam and the second group consisting of 2 artsy French ladies. The guides were all friends and this made for some very enlightening rum ...
... naughty school children.
Needless to say our rik-shaw tour was wet and pretty chilly. But once you get over that the wild elephants, dams, river views, and simply ridiculous numbers of tea plantations was outstanding. We literally (well Tom) took over 300 photos predominantly of tea. Needless to say there were tea stalls littering the road which we took full advantage of, but unluckily no toilets.
Our driver must have seen a good thing coming his way ...
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