I was in Thekkady, Kerala last month. December is the peak tourist season in Kerala and so we went expecting crowds but it wasn’t bad at all. May be after living in Bombay for so many years, nothing seems crowded anymore.
Padma the elephant:
Another highlight of Thekkady was Padma. I wrote about her here. That’s Padma giving me her blessings (in exchange for tipping her master well). No matter how calm she may look, it is kinda scary to stand under the trunk. No?
And if you fancy accompanying an elephant for a bath, you can do so in Thekkady. What you see in the pic below is the (not so luxurious and clean) elephant Jacuzzi. I didn’t attempt it myself… even though they provide decent enough arrangements to shower / change later. It looked like great fun though.
Imagine sitting on one of these tables, on a cool 31st December afternoon, enjoying your beer, thinking of the year gone by and then suddenly having these birds for company. Bizarre but amusing. What are those birds do you know?
In addition to these puffy birds minding their own business, we were also surrounded by monkeys at one point of time. They were eyeing our sandwich and beer. Monkeys are evil and violent. It was kinda scary and plus I don’t like anyone eyeing my sandwich. The waiter came running with a catapult to shoo them off.. (Such an exciting afternoon that was). The monkeys left after stealing a watermelon from the kitchen.
All in all, Thekkady brought a pleasant and pretty end to my 2013.
This trip was first published on http://suitcaseofstories.in/.