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From Hampi we took a sleeper train to Bangalore. The sleeper trains are much cheaper than the AC classes and with no real differences, other than you don't have curtains to shut the world out. I think it's quite a novelty having white, westerners taking the sleeper trains though as everyone seems to stare as they pass you by. I just threw my blanket over my head and tried to get some sleep, which wasn't easy as I am sure every Indian person on that train was snoring. We had booked ...
... up at 7.30am after a cold nights sleep (couldn't turn AC off) had omlet and toast for breakfast then cruised back to meet our driver. We picked up my cousin Matt from down the road then drove to Kovalam beach. It was another crazy drive. Luckily Matt Eno was in the front seat with a seatbelt on, unlike matthew and I in the back with no seatbelts. Matthew was asleep and Ashok was looking to the left I yelled stop stop stop stop! And Ashok slammed on his breaks ...
... after which the mats are sold on to a middle man who sells them on to the processing factory. Babu earns 600 rupees a day. The cost of rubber fluctuates more or less in line with the price of crude oil.
The going is quite tough as by now we have started the descent and it is very similar to yesterday. Fortunately I have a walking stick on loan from Bebe Matthew and Manu is very helpful. The walk is getting longer and I am flagging. We have a rest ...
... countless monkeys, a flying squirrel and an assortment of tropical birds and crazy creepy-crawlies, including one of the biggest spiders we’ve seen - in our room! We were lucky to catch a local festival on our first night, and Mr Rama the homestay owner took us down to the little temple where it was being celebrated, which was actually in Tamil Nadu. Afterwards, we had some very delicious and reasonably priced food (and a couple of beers!) at the Kumily ...
... To our delight we
got another jeep safari on the way out from the park with Haji and
this time we saw plenty more including black monkeys and langurs, a
mongoose (which is very rare and loved wild figs) and more bison.
In all we decided that we were very lucky with all the animals that we had seen
on our trip even though we hadn't seen a tiger. Though we knew the
chances of that were very slim as sadly there are only 44 left in the