This is my email from up in the hills...
After a bit of time on the beach and then some time inland visiting lots of different temples we are now up in the hills just inside Kerala.
This area is known for its spices and the streets are really fragrant, which makes a lovely change from the constant smell of people and exhaust fumes. Today we did a trip even further into the hills and checked out both spice and tea plantations, and sampled lots of very fresh spices. My project tonight is to label the photos so I can tell my pepper vines from the vanilla ones.
We're staying in a little cottage which looks into some parkland and has some great under tree relaxing areas. Last night on our way back from dinner we spent lots of time trying to work out what the random animals lurking in the distance were, and we think they were some type of wild pig, but not entirely sure.
Hopefully the animals are about to get more exotic as we head off on a three day trek in the jungle. In theory this is tiger country but I hear they are shy.
Best go rest up now for the walk.
Hope you are well,
Amy & Paul (who wanted to spend some time in an internet cafe to check the NZ cricket results)
PS We also went elephant riding yesterday.
The Elephant after our ride