The drive from Madurai to Thekkady took a while, so the journey was broken with short stops at a brick-making factory (shown above), and then a vineyard (shown below) where several people wanted their photos taken with our ladies.
Everyone very much enjoyed the visit to Abraham’s Spice Garden, a short drive down the road from where we were staying. We were given an informed guided tour of the garden, where all sorts of spices, herbs and flowers grew, and then given the opportunity to stock up on spices in the shop.
In the evening, there was a Kalaripayattu display.
The next day involved a walk in the Periyar National Park. We were ferried over the river on a raft made from bamboo, and then followed our guide for the morning along various tracks.
The highlight was finding a tiger pugmark.
The next event was a boat trip on the lake, during which we spotted a surprisingly (given the time of day and the noise that everyone was making) large number of animals, including two groups of elephants.
The day wasn’t over, though. In the evening we had a hoot at Bar-B-Que Thekkady, where the group prepared its own dinner.