Local transport to Periyar National Park

Trip Start Nov 18, 2007
Trip End Jan 31, 2008

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Friday, November 30, 2007

So it's on the local bus to travel to Kumily and Periyar NP; delightfully changing at Cumbum and on a rickety bus with a horn like a fog horn - coming through seemed to be the method; again better not to look but no road rage. Liz managed to get her watch battery changed at the bus station (another 50p blown) and as it was very up into the Nilgiris again the bus radiator joined in the noise and smells - much steam just as we arrived. We met an Indian news correspondent on the bus who was most fascinating and fascinated by us.
We're a bit touisty here and it's a nice wooden lodge type hotel (with monkeys) finally get around to a laundry run.
Visited Abrahams Spice Farm, apparaently soon to be featured on the BBC in 'Around the World in 80 Gardens' - Liz had an unfortunate taste of raw pepper from the tree. Abraham then fed us - a with the fingers curry from the banana leaf 'plate' job followed by lets crush rice banana and yoghurt and eat it with our fingers - Liz was not impressed - had to find some beers later.
Next morning its the early start for the 3hour walk into the park - little life but it's a very nice walk and a lovely lake. The start of this walk involved crossing the lake by bamboo raft pulling on a rope.
The park was also full of Indian tourists who found us fascinating as usual - it's an odd park as there is only really a boat trip or organised walks you can do so there was quite a lot of those Indian tourists milling around. we queued 1.5 hours to buy a ticket for the 4 0'clock boat - the guy sold so slowly that at 4pm he just stopped - boat go now, sorry.... still we had a jolly chat with tourists from Bangalore and Chennai.
Sign of the day 'No urineating on this wall'
We got to another orphanage in the early evening - another big bag of rice and other stuff and some very grateful kids.
Finally tonite we cracked; we found an Italian 'cafe' and had pizzas pasta and cake.. even better we went back for breakfast
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