Jungle bound

Trip Start Sep 01, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of India  , Kerala,
Saturday, November 20, 2010

The plan was to get up early and cover as much ground as possible. I was heading to Wayanad wildlife sanctuary where the lonely planet had promised wild elephants and local folklore held stories of wild tigers. After getting up a little late, packing my bag and having breakfast I finally left Om beach at around 10am (yeah, I know...).

    2 days, 8 buses, a couple of rickshaws and a short walk later, I made it to the mountain town of Kalpetta. I booked myself onto a wilderness tour for the next day, bought a beer (from a seedy alcohol shop with an open well in front of it), fixed the TV in my room with my trusty swiss army knife and settled down for the evening.

    Sometime pretty early the next morning I boarded the home-made jeep type thing and headed off on my jungle experience. We went to a wildlife sanctuary, where we saw lots of noisy Indians burning around in jeeps (the lesson here is don't go nature hunting in India on a Sunday...). We visited a few plantations (Tea, coffee, pepper, spices etc..) and went to a nice spot right up on the side of the massive valley called sunrise point (though a trek up there in the dark would certainly involve death somewhere down the line). Elephants and tigers didn't happen, but the creatures we did see were: buffalo (similar to the ones I ate in Goa), a peacock, big squirrels, some weird bird thing, termites, a pretty fast snake, a massive spider and (if the guide is to be believed) the most dangerous creature, a caterpillar.

    After the safari I was approached by some guy in the street who invited me to be a special guest at somesort of english lesson. I thought 'what the hell' and went along. My job was to sit at the front of the class and answer questions on country and culture. I decided to go with the truth... on religion I explained how I had no god and went into detail about why I follow science instead...on economics I explained why I didn't think India was going to become a superpower by 2020... on geography I explained that Wales is the best country in the world.

    The next day I decided to leave town. Besides, the best part of Wayanad was the bus ride through the mountainous jungles. Following a road of chasmic precipices and tight hairpin corners, me and my rickety bus were on our way to Kochi... 
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