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Elephants

...but not what I expected

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This morning we had a lie in as George didn't pick us up until 1pm. We went to see elephants at Punathurkotta elephant yard. The elephant yard is about 45 mins away at Guruvayur. We got slightly lost on the way so George had to ask for directions... after asking about 10 different Indians and as usual being told different directions, we finally arrived at the elephant yard.

There were around 50-60 elephants of all different shapes and sizes. To my disappointment though we couldn’t ride the elephants here or touch them. After visiting the zoo I should have known what to expect… the elephants were chained to trees and didn’t have much freedom to move, but at least they weren’t in cages, and they aren’t chained up all the time. Also I suppose they are in more of a home environment than they would have in a zoo in England.

After this we stopped at the beach at Thalikum on the way home. This was a bizarre experience for me. Crowds and crowds of Indians not sitting, but standing around, chatting, playing sports and bathing in the sea... in their clothes. This is definately not the place to sunbathe in your bikini! We were getting enough attention just from being British. Lots of children approached us talking to us in English, they were all very sweet and friendly and interested in our names and where we are from and wanted photos with us!

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We then went to a restaurant on the beach and tried some Tapioca (which is the Indian’s equivalent to potato) and some rice wraps– these were quite dry as we didn’t have them with anything as they normally eat them with chicken or fish and we are all still quite reluctant to eat meat! We then headed home, there was torrential rain on the way home – Indian driving in the dark and rain is pretty scary! So I just fell asleep.

Tonight is chilled as we don’t have to write up our interviews, so just going to read and maybe get an early ish night for once! xxx

Posted by laurandtheworld 10:11 Archived in India

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