Mumbai<> Kerala
  • Day10

    Elephant trip & Spice garden tour.

    March 5, 2020 in India ⋅ 🌧 25 °C

    Ride, wash/ scrub and then bath with the elephants. Very clean location , elephants very well behaved and seemed content and well cared for. Leela 32 and Meena 35. Getting on off them was a bit of a groin strain but great fun.

    Spice garden 1 hr guided walk around organic spice garden,; all spice, pepper, coffee, turmeric, cardamom, nutmeg/ mace. Lovely shop selling good selection of herbs and spices......and chocolate, as it wasn't made from dairy didn't melt in the heat. Varieties included nutmeg, cardamom, ginger and mango.
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  • Day10

    Kofiland resort

    March 5, 2020 in India ⋅ 🌧 25 °C

    Great jungle themed hotel, quiet we were only guests! Usual confusion re breakfast order, 2 eggs = 8 arrive. Etc

    Continuous wildlife sounds great apart from some irritating bird that sounded like a bleeping mobile phone for 60 min this am.Read more

  • Day9

    Munnar to Kofiland resort in Thekkady

    March 4, 2020 in India ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Very interesting and twisty driver from Munnar, took about 3 hours and had a pleasant stop by a massive dam, with coffee at 20 rupee each, even splashed our on a Kit Kat. Last bit of drive through the cardomen laden hills.

    Lunch at the Bamboo cafe less than £10 for 4...we will be back.

    Afternoon boat safari at Periyar tiger reserve ( looks like Tigers don't do paparatzi or tourists ) started off a bit drab but had some great close up sightings of elephants swimming. Linda caught the guides eye and he took some great shots using her phone and a pair of binoculars.

    Out for dinner at the Thekkady cafe, popular with locals had ' fish n chips' Masala fried fish with tons of garlic.

    Couple of rain showers, frequent power cuts.
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  • Day8

    Tea factory

    March 3, 2020 in India ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    Interesting tour ( 400 rupee ) around working tea factory, guide a little difficult to understand but we eventually worked out the process; white tea the uber best, then green ,then a series of grades of brown then the twig fibrous remains ( aka the rubbish ) are used in tea bags.

    50% chance of seeing elephant today.... not us :(
    A bit frustrating as according to the guide a family of elephants visited the petrol station last week.
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  • Day7

    Tea plantation walk

    March 2, 2020 in India ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

    After a short drive we reached the local tea plantation and met our guide ' Monie'......we then started our 4 hour trek up the steep mountain tracks. He pointed out birds,trees etc. Along the way. Due to the altitude we were all puffing quite a bit. Few pleasant stops ate some passion fruit, green satsoma and the ubiquitous banana.

    Wild elephant on the roam only sign of it was some old poo.....thankfully. All felt the 1000cost per person great value esp as hotel charging 3000!

    Local lunch at the Ali Baba, Mutton ( really goat ) curry, dahl, CTM .

    Chill out this pm. TEA factory tomorrow. Looks like they only use 'waste' tea in tea bags.....let's wait and see

    Tonic water refuel thanks to Saleel ( our driver )
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    Best photo so far! It all looks fabulous. CK

  • Day7

    Munnar.....time for tea

    March 2, 2020 in India ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Arrived yesterday internet a bit dodgy hence delay, 5hr zig zag drive, stopped off for a pleasant coffee for 20rupee, all regretted not having the local lunch served on a banana leaf. Mike a little green in the gills saved by one of Andrews mints.....he's eating more than me! Last few miles stunning views. Hotel great built into the hillside, next to the Tamil workers housing slum....that's India. Room on minus 3.....a bit confusing as it's all upside down.Read more

    Stole a lime from a bush for our g and t’s

  • Day5

    Off to the seagull......

    February 29, 2020 in India ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    Lovely fresh grilled fish........interesting electrics at restaurant. Quiz 10/20. Found 2 pairs of undies for 40 rupee each.....nude colour (.Brown we are in India after all )

    Tonic water refuel again.....Linda says she needs to keep her quinine levels up to protect her against Malaria.Read more

    Pollard Wass on tour

    Looks like Pollard electrical have already made it to India...


    Found a fantastic organic clothing shop, courtesy of Andrew’s research. The credit card took hits Lindalou