3 Weeks Across Incredible India

India-Travelogue  |  Travel time: January 2009  |  by Michael Honsel

Kerala Hinterland

Day 6 - 14. January 2009

For the next 3 days Saijo arranged me a driver to take me around to Kerala hinterland. When you rent a car in India in normal way you rent a car with own driver. And I would never like to drive myself in India.

I was happy to feel healthier when we started our trip with destination Munnar. In early afternoon we arrived in Munnar and after looking for a hotel my driver took me to Eravikulam National Park.

in Eravikulam National Park

in Eravikulam National Park

Afterwards we went to the Tea Museum KDHP Co. (P) Limited in Munnar, a museum with much information about tea cultivation and tea history.
Later we visited Floriculture Stellite Centre, a flower garden.

Floriculture Stellite Centre

Floriculture Stellite Centre

Everybody should know this

Everybody should know this

In the evening I tried Ayurvedic Massage. This was very relaxing and I felt very well afterwards.

Day 7 - 15. January 2009

Our destination was Thekkady. The road from Munnar to Thekkady was very scenic.

First we went through many tea plantations into the mountains. On the way we made a foto stop at a tea plantation.

Tea plantation

Tea plantation

Tea plantation

Tea plantation

The road went on through mountains and forests. In the middle of a forest we stopped to visit a spice garden. A guide showed me different spices.

Pineapple

Pineapple

Pepper

Pepper

Coffee

Coffee

Afterwards we arrived in Thekkady and had a lunch in a homestay where I also spent the night.

very nice homestay in Thekkady - in front our car

very nice homestay in Thekkady - in front our car

In the afternoon I went for elephant riding.

First time on an elephant

First time on an elephant

Elephant show

Elephant show

Later we wanted to go on the tiger safari at Periyar Tiger Reserve but the boats for today were sold out. So we visited the small attached museum where a staff member told me all statistics about the park in exact numbers.

The evening I went to a Kathakali dance show and later to a kalaripayattu show which is martial art in Kerala, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalaripayattu and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kathakali.

End of Kairali show

End of Kairali show

The night I had supper and a very good sleep in the nice homestay.

Day 8 - 16. January 2009

In the morning we went to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary for a boat trip. My driver organized a ticket for me, however he did it.
I made a boat tour on the lake and normally you should see tigers and/or wild elephants living there. But this day there were no tigers and wild elephants to see. But this is nature.

Tiger tour without tigers

Tiger tour without tigers

Afterwards we did the car trip back to Cochin with a lunch stop on the way.
In late afternoon I came back and visited Lijo. In the evening we made a scooter trip into Cochin City Center during the all evening 30 minute power cut.

Afterwards we had supper and a Kingfisher Beer at his nice parents.

In late evening he took me on his scooter to Ernakulam Train Station where I catched the Rajdhani Express to Madgaon in Goa.

Travelling on A.C. First

Travelling on A.C. First

© Michael Honsel, 2009
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The trip
 
Description:
A trip to India to visit Mumbai, some parts of Kerala, Goa, Delhi, Agra, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur
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Start of journey: Jan 09, 2009
Duration: 3 weeks
End of journey: Jan 31, 2009
Travelled countries: India
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Michael Honsel is an active author on break-fresh-ground. since 15 years.
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