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Asia » India » Kerala » Thekkady October 2nd 2019

First there was the matter of negotiating the price of the Jeep tour. Actually I hadn’t intended on doing the “jungle tour” with any of the jeep drivers hawking their offerings to visitors in the Thekkady area. But the two guys across the street waved a brochure at me and I checked it out. In broken English they offered the full or the half day tour, and showed photos of animals such as elephants and the wildly colored Malabar squirrel that tourists could see on the tour. I declined the full day, noting its 188 km length which was far too much bouncing in a jeep for me. But I did express interest in the half day and started walking away thinking about when I could do it. “Okay, last price 1800 rupees,” he called after ... read more
Snacks at the Viewpoint
A “Wild” Water Buffalo Seen on our Jungle Safari

Asia » India » Kerala » Thekkady October 2nd 2017

Day 15: Cochin - Thekkady 2 October 2017 This morning after breakfast, we drove to Thekkady (191 km/ 4.5 hrs approx.). It was another beautiful drive with better roads. There were rubber plantations, coffee trees, pineapples, and as we climbed higher, tea plantations. On arrival to Thekkady, we found a casual restaurant which had a lot of Indians so we knew it would have good food – and it did. After lunch we checked into our hotel. Soon after Debbie and I decided to have a massage on the recommendation of Mohar. It was one of the most ‘interesting’massage I have had. I totally undressed and was put on a firm table on my back and a large amount of heated ‘medicinal’ oil was poured over me. The lady whipped me into shape!!!! I wasn’t comfortable ... read more
Thekkady Spice Farm (47)
Religious parade on the way to Thekkady (26)
Birds in Thekkady Spice Farm (1)

Asia » India » Kerala » Thekkady July 12th 2017

Since I started travel blogging, most of my trips were backpack trips without much prior planning. However, that's not the case when I go on vacation with family. Having 3 children, unless I choose a destination which has a lot of activities for children, my vacation would probably be spoiled. So, every time I plan a trip, the first challenge I have to face is, whether this is going to be a backpacking trip or a family vacation. This travel story is all about a backpacking trip to Kuttikkanam, which is an unspoilt holiday destination in the Kottayam - Kumily road, pretty close to Thekkady, the popular tourist destination in Kerala. A backpacking trip usually means business to me, combined with a break from the busy life in the office. That's the best part for a ... read more
Tea break
The royal meeting hall in the palace

Asia » India » Kerala » Thekkady April 20th 2017

Who wants to go and see the martial arts display tonight? Muscly men fighting? Don't mind if I do! Lottie Let Loose for a night out of exciting sword fighting with sparks flying, muscle men bounding around a sunken arena below us, massive leaps taken across an ever expanding line of volunteers bent over (heads protected by an arm of one of the martial arts guys in case of flying feet) and an Indian version of baton twirling with the batons ON FIRE! I'd love to see that at a country fete in England; chubby little leotard clad girls spinning sticks of fire! Lots of oooohs and ahhhhs from the audience especially at the impressive dives through burning hoops that get progressively smaller with the biggest guy taking the final leap through a gap that looks ... read more

Asia » India » Kerala » Thekkady April 20th 2017

Today we are heading into the hills to the spice capital of India, the Periyar National Park, specifically to Thekkady our next stop on this amazing tour of southern India. Sadly there is a problem with lack of water in this area due to Tamil Nadu taking off too much of its fair share before the water reaches Periyar and it is suffering as a result. There is little wildlife able to survive without its usual watering holes so there's little likelihood of spotting any interesting animals here these days. Human beings being rubbish yet again. One day we will all learn to live together fairly, sharing the world's resources between states, nations and with our planet and its many, no less important inhabitants the birds and beasties. We get another joke of the day from ... read more
Massive lemon!
Candle flowers

Asia » India » Kerala » Thekkady December 23rd 2014

Day 3 An early start again this morning, six o'clock. Today we started off with breakfast of fresh fruit, pancakes, juice and tea in our hotel. The hotel, Tigers roar, is amazing! We set off with Najim to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. On arrival, we walked up to the ticket box which was engulfed by Indian tourists. We had hoped to get on the 9.30 boat, but Najim informed us that it was already sold out. Therefore, we would have to wait for the 11,30 boat. We all agreed that it was worth the wait! We had discussed with Kate that today was going to be our lucky day, and in fact, it was. The ticket man was shouting out in Indian, and everyone was replying with what appeared to be how many people are in their ... read more

Asia » India » Kerala » Thekkady December 22nd 2014

Day 2 We were asleep by about 8.30! ... And slept solid through until the rude awakening of the alarm at 6.45. We were both up and about, showered, re packed, and at the breakfast table by 7.15. I was surreal, on the rooftop, eating gorgeous banana pancakes, and drinking tea in such tranquil surroundings in the morning. Perfect. We settled our bill, which was more than reasonable at rs 850, was very reasonable for 2! Considering I had turned up very early in the morning and gone to bed! Tom was told that an American lady was in his room! Today we are setting off on a week long private tour. This was a last minute arrangement by Tom and a couple of UK girls, in conjunction with a lot of help from their CEO. ... read more

Asia » India » Kerala » Thekkady November 20th 2014

We left Cochin and made for Allepy and the backwaters of Kerala. Here amongst the paddy fields are canals with villages alongside. We boarded a 'houseboat'- well we have never had such a wonderful experience! We were offered coconut drinks on boarding our boat where 3 crew were at our service. They served us refreshments and food with such courtesy and pleasantry! We cruised past villages, schools, fields and people doing their washing until 6 pm when we moored for the night. A long canoe took us for a twilight paddle along a side canal where as night fell, huge bats flew overhead and villagers' homes lit up. On returning to the boat we were served supper and spent a very calm, tranquil evening. After a luxurious sleep in the superbly appointed bedroom, we breakfasted and ... read more
After the ride
Paul in a tea plantation
Diane in a tea plantation

Asia » India » Kerala » Thekkady January 23rd 2014

Review of Periyar Nest Resorts Rossapokandam, Kumily 685509, India (Formerly Periyar Nest, Heritage Home Stay) We stayed at here for a night in November. It is not so big as to be called a resort as such, there are aprox 8 rooms. But the Room was spacious enough. We selected it because of its proximity to the Periyar WIldlife. The boundary of the Hotel touches the Periyar Wildlife Reserve. From the moment we arrived the family who run this establishment were welcoming, served us masala tea after our long drive to Kumily. Hot water is available at 6am and 9pm, and there is a kettle in the room to boil some water if you want a quick wash. The food cooked by the owner was nice and fresh. Overall a Fine Experience. Stayed November 2013, travelled ... read more

Asia » India » Kerala » Thekkady January 20th 2014

It is often a surprise to have a good night's sleep without too many beeps or other annoyances. This was a good night. I woke early to arrange photographs of Graham Leach for Facebook, it being one year since his demise. Catherine and I loaded them at the last minute before we left the hotel. By this time we had also accepted that our blog entries were going to be a fair way behind real time - just too much going on. Today we were headed for Periya in the mountains of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Breakfast was a bit of a chaotic affair with a poorly lit buffet, and no concept of time-and-motion. People all over the place. We sat next to two younger men who were some sorts of sails executives in a major ... read more
Jumping through rings of fire
Rice picker

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