My Kerala holiday - May 2008

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Wow!!

What a beautifully written , descriptive, detailed report, filled with exactly the kind of info we future So. India travelers need.
Snonymous, thank you so much for the time and energy it's taken to compile and compose this!!
I've been planning to write a trip report after my December trip. If mine can be even a quarter as well-done as yours, I'll be relieved.
Again, many thanks.
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Thank you Rebeccam, for your patience as well. It took me a good twelve days to compile. I made the effort to explore the wonderful Marayur Chinnar region, thanks to whatever I read from other members posts here at IM - ever so useful. Peak XV had kindly identified my unknown weasel at Periyar as a Nilgiri Marten.
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Delightful.

Looking forward to your next trip
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Wow! Thanks for sharing....sounds amazing. Can't wait to go! xx
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Thumbs up

Blurdy L -- that's some write-up if ever I saw one

Great going! Keep 'em coming!
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A splendid effort indeed!
This is going to be a oft-referenced and "linked" posting.
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Wonderful. I can almost hear the jungly noises and see the butterflies in my Hampshire living room.

It confirms that my next-but-one India trip will have to be to Kerala, and gives me some excellent ideas about where else to go (apart from a backwater cruise).

I don't like the sound of the leeches ...

Were there lots of mosquitos and other biting things? Are those what you mean by "buchees"? (I'm a mosquito magnet - my arms are currently recovering from having served as an all you can eat buffet for Scottish midgies at Loch Tay last week!)
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Thanks for an awesome report. I am going to bookmark it for future reference.
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Great post! Reminds me of Keralan trip in 2006 and brings back the feel of the Western Ghats. And your photos are sublime!
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It's always darkest before it goes completely black.
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Originally Posted by MrsC_772 View Post Wonderful.

I don't like the sound of the leeches ...

Were there lots of mosquitos and other biting things? Are those what you mean by "buchees"? (I'm a mosquito magnet - my arms are currently recovering from having served as an all you can eat buffet for Scottish midgies at Loch Tay last week!)
Thanks.
Leeches will only surface when its really moist and damp, such as it was in the latter part of May when we were there. It is not advisable to explore moist evergreen forests in the monsoons. In the dry season, there should not be much of a leech problem.

There were no mosquitos where we went. In this instance, by biting buchees I meant other teeny little flying insects. Actually Im being unfair to the buchees. There were plenty of flying insects, teeny and not so teeny, but none of them actually bit us. It was just the apprehension of them biting us! There are more biting buchees in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Mumbai. For these Mumbai buchees, Odomos is more than adequate, I usually keep a small tube in my pocket to re apply whenever needed.
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My Kerala holiday - May 2008
Im honoured that my trip report has been posted in the Articles section, however I must point out that the photo of the Bison there was taken at the Pambar Shola near Kodaikanal last year, and the photo of the Blue Mountains was taken from Dodabetta Peak near Ooty this year. Both these pics are not off or from this trip.
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Great report and brilliantly recorded. I can never remember the names of the places and things that I have seen so your report has filled in some large gaps in my memory - thanks.
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What a great post. Sounds like a terrific trip. Brought back some nice memories and reminded me how much easier it is to explore with the luxury of a car rather than travelling by bus.

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