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... going to be a special part of the trip. On the second day in Thekkady we went to Elephant Junction, the clues in the title. Here you pay extortionate amounts of money to ride and elephant and bathe it. We spent 30 minutes riding an elephant through the jungle and then helped wash it in a huge pool. This probably sounds more exciting than it was. In reality I just felt guilty for paying into the exploitation of animals in this industry and being someone who is fully against ...
... for his day's work...exactly what his Mum demanded from him for one month to live at home! His eyes were opened to a new opportunity and he set about learning all the birds and their calls.
As you can see there's a lot to this story, but in short, encouraged by Janet and her husband John (yes, Janet and John..ho-ho!) Gireesh returned to uni and re-sat his exams and the family began catering for visitors, all the while learning about the birds.
Sudah (the ...
... where we were joined by 2 other couples. We all prepped ans cooked everything together including BBQ masala chicken, masala fries, beef curry, pineapple curry, vegetable curry, popadoms and a bread which is better than nan. I've got the recipes written down with the names etc. pineapple curry was the best! On the way back to the guesthouse is was a lot cooler than what it has been due to being up in the mountains. Didn't need a fan or air con. 7am start in the morning so time for ...
... we have walked 6 kilometres and that the return journey by road is 22 kilometres. We looked back at one point and saw the distance we had come from the top of the mountain. It seemed a long way and I was grateful to know there was a car waiting!
Back for lunch and a bit of a rest before we take off for the local busy town of Eratupetta for some shopping, a look and an appointment with the doctor for Krysia. Dingy surgery with a doctor who spoke little or ...
... all over. Couldn't see any wildlife other than few macaques on the road sides.Its mainly filled with different cactus and mild shrubs/trees. Once you cross the state border, you will enter Chinnar wildlife sanctuary in Kerala. The roads are in good conditions in the kerala side of the forest. We could see a herd of elephants on the road side in the Chinnar range.
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