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Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

Lunch seated lotus position

Day 4 Kalpetta

Morning has broken with fog covering the Ambilery Stadium soccer field outside our apartment block. The temperature was certainly much cooler being 1,200 metres up in the hills. Perhaps have to unpack the light weight fleece jacket.

Breakfast 175 rupees / NZ$3.70 / US$2.70 was at the Villa outside on their deck overlooking the soccer field. Being located out in the suburbs, there were no other options for breakfast.

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Because it was Christmas Day the prehistoric Eddakal Caves were closed but we will see them tomorrow.

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Instead undertook a nature walk in the beautiful Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. Home to many endangered species it has an amazing range of flora and fauna.

http://www.forest.kerala.gov.in/index.php/wildlife/2015-03-16-09-50-24/2015-06-26-09-04-29/wayanad-wildlife-sanctuary

Past crops of casava / tapioca, coffee, rice had just been harvested (1 crop here), turmeric, bettle nuts, banana, young mango that will be harvested in June and July, rubber trees, coconut, ant nests up in a tree, wasp nest, huge spider where the photo doesn't give justice to it's size, pepper, white egret birds, butterflies fluttering about, lemon grass, sweet corn, bitter melon growing in the vegetable garden plus a tribe of bornnet mackack monkeys.

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Young coconut

Young coconut

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Ant nest up in the tree

Ant nest up in the tree

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Rubber

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Young coconut

Young coconut

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Bitter melon

Bitter melon

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Huge spider

Huge spider

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Pepper

Pepper

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Hundred of ants

Hundred of ants

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Bonnet Macaque

Bonnet Macaque

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The local children swimming while their mothers were doing the laundry down at the river.

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Some of the local lads wanted a selfie so of course I obliged and asked for one in return.

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Coffee beans

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Got a taste of the region's culture as we visited the local Kuruma tribal village.

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Lunch was vegetarian served with us seated on the ground cross legged or for those who can in the lotus position 150 rupees / NZ$3.20 / US$2.30.

https://www.google.co.nz/search?q=kuruma+tribe&rlz=1C1GGRV_enNZ751NZ751&tbas=0&biw=958&bih=887

Ed

Ed

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Wild honey

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Marina with our host and her son

Marina with our host and her son

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Our host with son

Our host with son

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Much of Kalpetta was closed due to it being Christmas Day. For the grand total of 95 rupees / NZ$2.00 / US$1.50, my Appam with Kadal Curry 70 rupees / NZ$1.50 / US$1.10 and can of Pepsi 25 rupees / NZ$0.50 / US$0.40 was dinner at The Woodlands, another pure vegetarian restaurant.

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Walked up and down the main street and I was glad we left back for the Villa - pollution, poor footpath meaning at times needing to walk on the street and with the poor street lighting and closeness of the traffic - potential for accidents.

http://www.thewoodlandshotel.com/

Posted by bruceontour 02:07 Archived in India

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