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Published: April 12th 2019
We moved on today. Leaving behind our gorgeous views and rooms at the Olive Brook Hotel and moving to Shola. So, it was back into the A team van for a couple of hours, and after a short pit stop for a breathtaking view of the blue mountains, we arrived at Camp Kalypso - a Glamping Site built by our tour guide's company which they use as a trekking base camp. After a very welcome snack and delicious tea (cinnamon, cardomom, pepper and ginger), we headed out on our next trek to a village called Pacidpulkudi.
The trek was through heavy undergrowth with lots of cardomom plants and endless Eucalyptus trees (brought over from Australia and slowly taking over). Heavy going up hill but our guides kept us entertained spotting black eagles, snake eagles, snakes and fireflys.
We arrived at the tribe's village and had a look around at their houses built from mud (which, we're told, lasts longer than modern cement) and Chloe met a friend called Billy (a goat!). We were shown how they insulate the inside of their houses with cow dung, which someone was doing to their floor as we passed. Lots of stray dogs
hanging around which was a little nerve wracking but they were soon shooed off by the guides and we resumed our trek. The heat was beginning to rise as it reached about mid-day so plenty of sun cream lathered on.
Just before we had our lunch we came across a tree which must have had at least 20 live bee hives, our guide was very keen to tell us that if they come at you to just lie on the floor with your hair on your face (dad was a bit concerned that he couldnt do this!). Anyway, we managed to pass without incident and moved on through the thick carcomom to a spot where we had a packed lunch of rice and dahl with egg and then some bananas. During lunch we met another young Brit from Southampton who was on the same trail by herself and a guide. She was in India doing a TEFL course and was taking a short break with a trek.
Shortly after lunch we reached the van and the end of the trek - we were shown a rather curious temple to a dog here! The van took us to our
new hotel; the Shola Crown; perched on the side of the hill and right on the border with Tamil Nadhu this is our favourite hotel so far, with an infinity pool and gorgeous view; we immediately sent all our clothes to the wash and had a swim in the pool before relaxing.
Supper was an entertaining affair with a bonfire started at 7.15 and seriously loud Hindi pop music which Lucas had a good boogie to. We had a barbeque with chicken kebabs which were superb. Loving this hotel more and more by the minute!!
Early start tomorrow for our longest trek yet...
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