Beautiful scenery and lots of animals
Trip Start Jan 23, 2012
49Trip End Jun 09, 2012
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Kumily in the western ghats, Kerala
Once at Kumily, we checked in and chilled in our hotel. The next day we booked a nature walk in Periyar Tiger Reserve, which is the main tourist attraction of the area and known in the Lonely Planet as Disneyland-in-the-ghats
The next day we caught an 8 hour local bus all the way to Trivandrum (furthest southern point in India on this trip and Keralan capital)
Trivandrum - Keralan capital
Straight away Neill liked Trivandrum, as the main street (Mahatma Gandhi road) had everything you would ever need and Pizza corner. I have to say they did the best cheesy garlic bread! The next day, after Pizza Corner for lunch we headed to the park, which is the location of the main tourist attractions in Trivandrum, a zoo, museums and galleries. We visited the Napier museum, which was housed in an excellent example of Keralan architecture and was built in 1880. The inside was amazing (sorry no pictures as cameras weren't allowed inside) with a grand cavernous wooden roof, wooden carvings, colourful paintings and stained glass windows. The museum held intricate stone, wood and ivory carvings of deities from Kerala and Indonesia. It also housed a coin collection that included coins from the East India Company which was cool. Afterwards we visited the zoo, I had slight apprehension since the last zoo I visited aboard was in Budapest - Kaz and Joe will know what I mean - but it was a small well conceived and laid out zoo with massive enclosures for all the animals. We saw a cobra, who suddenly seemed to spring up and stare at us and really freaked us out. Also we saw some beautiful looking jaguars and jungle cats and watched the deers enjoy dinner of leaves and grain. Tomorrow we grab a flight to Mumbai for our last few days in India.