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... were enjoying a day out. There were a few attractions around the place, including an aquarium.
Sirasan mentioned that he was from Thrissilery village which the attendant seemed to like, and so he let us in for free. Judging the state of the fish tanks, I'd have happily paid just so they could get some cleaning equipment.
By this point the sun was out, and we decided to amble around the circumference of Pookot. My fatigue was kicking in now, so I would ...
... br> We took a raft onto the island and soaked up the surrounding trees, and wildlife. Along the path were inspirational quotes, such as Gandhi reminding us that we must be the change, and Einstein saying nature holds the key to understanding how live.
Amongst these signs, there were also reminders to "Remain Silent". This felt acceptable when in the serenity ...
... the mountain's river (where local people bathe) and a spot of wildlife watching.
As with the others, Sajeev (Sivankaran's bro) took to using the camera with great enthusiasm. Madhu had also brought his camera along for the trip, so we made sure to take DPPs for both.
At 12:30 the temple ceremony finished, and we followed the chanting guys briefly before descending, putting on our shoes, and getting on the bus, back through the winding rainforest roads...
... were all very excitable, and keen to teach me some Malayalam (the state language of Kerala).
They headed off after 30 minutes or so having made sure a picture was on all of their phones, and I then headed inside to speak with everyone else.
Finding phrasebook at the bottom of my backpack is an absolute winner.
Food this evening was a chicken curry with rice. Keen to be keeping up appearances, I ...
... It turns out all pepper - black, green and white are actually the same thing, just processed differently, and I even tried a raw pepper corn and they are pretty spicy :) We also talked about many other plants, insects and birds and one of the best things was wild coriander which smells a lot stronger than the normal one and so tasty, no wonder I've liked all dishes I've tried up to now, as it's widely used. After the walk and another great fresh orange juice I got an ...