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Published: April 11th 2019
We woke up early at 5:30 to the cacophony of the dawn chorus ringing in our ears. All extremely tired because in the UK it was 1 in the morning and the jet lag hasn't quite adjusted. Once we'd managed to drag ourselves out of bed we went down and had an amazing breakfast. Everyone had an omelette apart from Lucas who had some scrambled eggs!
We met up with Anoop at 6.30 and started the days adventure in the A team bus to Ernakulum national park (@1500 meters) to see Nilgiri (meaning blue mountains) Tahr Goats, which are an endangered species and only found in the Western Ghats of Kerala. We only saw one in the distance which dad thought was a bush to begin with but finally figured it out through the binoculars. It teased us and was still for 10 mins before disappearing. On our way back down from the park we found a family who thought we were models and kept taking pictures of all of us, we all found it a bit weird. However, eventually, after a couple of hours of waiting, we decided to head back to the hotel, feeling disappointed we
hadn’t seen the Nigiri up close. Happily, though, on the way back on the bus we saw it right next to us and stopped, taking some pictures - they were very tame and didnt mind us being there!
It was a short trip back to the hotel where we had a rest and read for an hour. Lucas, Chloe and Phoebe had another authentic cheese sandwich with chips for lunch, whilst mum and dad had noodles. we all had the delicious mango juice though which was chugged down..
Heading out after lunch we went to a tea museum and we learnt about the origins of tea and how tea was made. We were lectured by a terrifying man who claimed China were the root of all evil except for their tea and that we should be going to the loo at least 3 times per day. He also made sure we were clear that green tea is the cure for everything….we are now converts. We went to the nice tea shop and bought tea that would last us all year! We bought three different types of tea: white
tea, black tea and green tea. After that we went to Munnar and explored the town market, full of colours and noise and vibrant activity. Anoop showed us all sort of new vegetables which we'd never seen before. We drank and ate a coconut from one of the stalls, as well as a unique type of passion fruit which is exclusive to the area and dad bought some chocolates.
When we got back and read for 30 mins before Anoop came and told us about a flying squirrel. We rushed outside, and we caught a glimpse of it before it disappeared into the night sky.
After a long day we sat down supper where which was a collection of currys again which was delicious.
Another early night. Tomorrow we will be moving onto the next hotel and our next adventure
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