5.30am we got up today to make it on to the first boat trip around Periyar Lake. Everything was quiet except the muezzin calling off in the distance, there barely a soul walking round town, just a few at the bus stop, we never even met any autos or taxis going the other way, but when we got there the biggest rowdiest queue you could ever hope not to find. Where do they come from? And how can they be so excited at this time in the morning.
Oh well so much for the peace and tranquillity of nature. But it didn’t matter too much. It rained last night and I know from safari in Africa that rain means no animals. The best place to find animals is by a water source – like a lake, but if there are other places where they can get a drink then they won’t come out into the open.
The bird life is fantastic though. I’ve decided to buy a book on Indian birds and learn a bit about them. So maybe I’ll be able to pass on a bit of the Info.
My only condolence for the lack of large mammals is Kumily town has a bar. Only the second one I’ve seen in India! And its only INR65 a beer, bargain. Gotta go, beer’s getting warm.