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Feb 7, 2018 - Cochin, Periyar and Allepey

From Coimbatore to Cochin, Periyar, Allepey and Home: 31st January – 8th February. We left the Ooty train and the narrow gauge railway and took a taxi to our serviced apartment in Coimbatore, ready to catch the train to Cochin the next day. It took longer than we thought to reach Coimbitore from Mettapulyam and it was a frightening taxi ride. The driver overtook cars, auto rickshaws, buses and lorries with inches to spare; Jane shouting at him as he pulled out on yet another suicide overtaking mission – all to no avail. I sank into a state...

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Jan 23, 2016 - Temples and heroes

Madurai is famous for its huge, wildly decorative Meenakshi temple to Shiva, and as the city in which Gandhi adopted the simple peasant tunic as his mode of dress. Our hotel is The Nook, a business-oriented establishment not unlike the hotels we used as state workers on essential state business back in the day. The temple was interpreted for us by a local guide. She was new to the guiding business and was as enthusiastic as they come. Our questions were sometimes completely misunderstood, but the answers were always entertaining. There are...

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Jan 22, 2016 - Nature walks and like subjects

We have left the coast and are in the Keralian highlands. It's tea and timber country, much cooler and a touch less humid than the coast. Periyar is famous for elephants. We had a jungle walk in the local wildlife preserve, but alas no elephant sighting. We did see monkey, giant squirrel, and gour (an Indian wild cow). Elephant treatment is a controversial subject. Formally working animals, from war vehicles to forest management equipment, most elephants are now tourist attractions. Temples keep elephants because of demand. Most are well...

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Dec 4, 2015 - My birthday continues in Kumily

My birthday, part two! Our houseboat dropped us off on a road where we flagged down a local bus headed west. Luckily we both scored seats right before the schoolkids started squeezing on it. To fit the maximum amount of people on the bus, the unfortunates standing in the aisles pass over their bags and backpacks to us lucky seated passengers. I had about 3 bags on my lap, the guy next to me had 10 or so. Even with the extra space saved from the absence of backpacks, a few people still hung out the door. The kids got to school ok and picked...

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Nov 3, 2013 - Periyar Wildlife Refuge

We will never forget the jungle hike we took in Taman Nagara National Park in Malaysia. Although we wore shoes, socks and long pants, when we took our shoes off, our white socks were red with blood. Tiny leeches had crawled over the shoe tops and into the lace holes and had dinner on us. As we prepared to hike today in Periyar National Wildlife Refuge, we were given special booties to wear over our socks that went up to our calves. But this didn't prevent some of us from getting leeches around our waists, even with shirts tucked in. These...

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Nov 2, 2013 - a new state

Our ever resourceful tour guide Charles knew that after the shopping and fireworks extravaganza that was Diwali, his usual go to activities would not be available today. He made arrangements with a local man that he met at the temple to have us stop by his home to see how people celebrate Diwali morning. This man lives in a very modest home with his wife, three sons, and mother and they entertained all fifteen of us in their tiny living room. Mom prepared snacks, cookies, fried rice, and fruit out of a kitchen smaller than the one I have in...

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Dec 8, 2010 - We meet a girl named Maria

Wed. Dec 8- Maria Today was our most relaxing day yet. Jamie and I went for a morning exercise walk around this village of Kumbly where we were warmly greeted by nearly everyone we saw. We saw many children on their way to school, the girls dressed in white skirts, blouses, and socks with different colored vests and hair ribbons that we guess might indicate their grade. At the school we saw children being dropped off by car, some walking, and 2 lucky boys driving on their own motorbike. This is a big tourism spot, which may be why it seems...

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Dec 7, 2010 - Periyar Tiger Reserve

Tues Dec 7- “There’s a party in my shoes: stretching the comfort zone” Today started with a 7:30 yoga class. A bit of an odd experience as I have never had a yoga instructor sing before, and I don’t mean chanting. After yoga and our first leisurely breakfast a group of 6 of us left to going hiking in the nearby Periyar National Park. The park is a tiger reserve but there are only 142 tigers in 777 sq kilometers so we weren’t really looking for, or worried about tigers. Before we started we were given cotton “socks” to put on over our own...

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Dec 6, 2010 - Madurai to Periyar Tiger Reserve

Day 8- Changing States, Mon Dec 6 Today we travelled from the state of Tamil Nadu to the state of Kerala. While we drove, the area changed from flat plains to mountainous and green. We also noticed a change in the buildings with fewer shacks and more painted concrete buildings and homes, many of which seemed quite nice. We passed many groups of pilgrims walking to Temple, some of whom walk hundreds of miles, and buses and cars coming from the Temple adorned with garlands of flowers. We are in the Western Ghat Mountains, more specifically...

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Jun 3, 2010 - Madurai

Today was awesome!!! We started off with a three hour trek through a tiger reserve, this one only has 34 tigers and even the guide has never seen one. But it was really pretty and great to go for a big walk... We were given leach socks thank god because at any given time you could see about six on your shoes, cheering I had my hiking boots!!! Some of the girls were doing it in Dunlop volleys so they were freaking out! After the walk it was time for an elephant ride! It was so amazing! At one point she put her trunk back over her shoulder...

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Bec's Adventure 2010

Feb 18, 2010 - Elephants, monkeys etc.

I went to the game reserve today with a couple of Canadians that I have run into a couple of times. We were lucky to see a herd of gaur (wild water buffalo) and even more lucky to see a small herd of elephants. They were really cool to watch. The pictures don't do justice. Our guide was pretty nervous. He obviously had a healthy respect for wild elephants. This is the time when they are giving birth and also breeding time. The hike was great even without the animals. I was enjoyed enough that when I left, I decided to walk the few kms. into...

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India On My Own

Feb 17, 2010 - Kicking back

I was eating in a restaurant with some others when we heard the parade go by. It went on for quite a bit. After the elephant and a drum band and dancers, there was probably half a mile of people following along. Almost everyone was dressed in yellow. The women in yellow saris and the men in yellow shirts and dhotis or luenges. Eventually there was a brass band. They reminded my of a time when Wil, aged 11, and I were in Solvakia. there was a band playing (kind of). Wil who has a good ear looked at me and asked if they were all playing the...

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