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Ooty is at 2 200m. We arrived at night, it was cold. We had to wear our jumper and jacket. The next morning, we went for a trek around Ooty. Our guide took us across farmland, Eucalyptus forest, tea fields and on a view point. We had a great time. I wish I had time to write down all of what he told us before I forget. I am forgetting already. I remember a bit about the tea. They pick the leaves every other week (we only saw women in the ...
... garden really. It was very funny to watch how little attention the Indians paid to the rules in the place. There were signs up everywhere saying no entry, or stay off the grass, and everywhere that you saw a sign there were a hundred Indians doing exactly what the sign said not to. There seemed to be a large number of people from northern India on holiday in Ooty. It's almost like their version of the Lake District. My birthday happened to coincide with ...
... has been raining quite a bit, which has resulted in me sleeping a bit more than I need or want to do.
By lunch time the rain had slacked off a bit so I took a very nice, scenic walk the back way to Chinese restaurant where I had been eating every other day. Because I eat the same dish every time (some kind of delicious fried rice with broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, carrots, onions and chicken), I don't need to look at the menu ...
... claimed there were regularly crocodiles in it! We stayed in a hut overlooking the river scene with a brilliant sunset and rise to enjoy.
The next day we intended to set off before dawn to get back to Bangalore in a day, but opened the hut door to the sounds of monkeys screaming and lot's of dark shapes milling about- looked like deer and boar, so we waited for the sun to come up. We had also been ...
... local shops were a couple of 'chicken shops'. Wire crates crammed with broiler chickens sit outside, while the creature selected by the customer is butchered at the side of the road – not a pretty sight! Nigel has been persuading the butchers not to throw away the scraps which only encourages the stray dogs, but changing the way the poor birds are kept and transported will take some time.
We drove on through the Nature reserves, past where pairs of buffalo ...