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claire and david’s Travel Diary

Wednesday, 17 Feb 2016

Location: Peryier, India

MapOn Arrival at Peryier , before checking in to our hotel we visited a spice plantation. Lunch was provided even though by then it was 4pm! It included a vegetable dish that we had been shown how to cook in kochi, bread , and a chicken curry and a fish curry. All delicious ! Following lunch we walked around the spice plantation finding all sorts of different spices growing. I bought some to bring home. Some turmeric, green cardamom and the spice mix to make Marsala tea.
That nights dinner was at a local restaurant with some singing, drinking beer and lots of laughs
The next day we went on a trek trying yet again to see the elusive tiger. No luck though.
We saw a few birds, some monkeys, a squirrel and a bison, well I saw its bum. David said he saw the rest of it, though. At least we got in a decent walk going about 6km.
The afternoon was free so we went for a bit of shopping. I bought a top and a pair of pants and some of ear rings.
About 6 pm we went to a martial arts show. Five of the fittest young men showed us the traditional form of martial arts and although it was staged it was impressive. Following this was a cooking class, highly recommended in lonely planet. We learned to make about 4 new dishes including parotta which is the flakey round bread.it was surprisingly easy to make when shown how. The night ended with a very funny tuk tuk ride down the hill to our hotel.
Tomorrow we h ad to the Kerala backwaters.