Periyar Tiger Reserve

Hello everyone! Two days after the Hindu wedding, we went on a road trip. There were 18 of us in a big van and travelled 165 km, roughly 4 hours from Cochin to Thekkady. It was an interesting trip, with The Corporation Market, Kakkadassery Bridge, St Xavier’s Church and Bavas Archana Hospital on the way. Several petrol pumps were also located en route. It was a good experience, very long travel in the hairpin bend roads. Full of greenery on both sides of the roads.

We went to Periyar Tiger Reserve., which was a very well maintained area managed by the forest department in Kerela. The area was clean and we had a peaceful walk through its dense forest of towering trees and artistic roots. The Periyar lake is within the reserve and there were regular boat rides on the lake. We took the boat ride (1.5 hours of boating) and saw some amazing birds, like hornbills and kingfishers in full flight. Other birds include raptors, water birds, galliform birds, pigeons, wood peckers and passerines. There were also some sambar deers, foxes, monkeys, elephants and bisons, but from a great distance to such a point the animals appear as tiny dots. Overall, it was a good road trip and a boat ride.

For: Road Trips? by Calmkate. Also for: Jo’s Monday walk : Canalside in Skipton


Ponies, Bees and Forest

*three things that make me smile: an exercise in gratitude – feel free to steal this idea with wild abandon and fill your blog with the happy*

saw these cute ponies when we went out for a walk – how adorable!

they’re keeping bees here for their honey


it’s always nice to walk in our forest 🙂

So, what made you smile this week?

For: Three Things Thursday: April 21, 2016 and Weekly Smile Week 16 #weeklysmile

Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 22 – Group

My People
by Carl Sandburg

MY people are gray,
pigeon gray, dawn gray, storm gray.
I call them beautiful,
and I wonder where they are going.

For: Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 22 – Group


Share Your World – 2016 Week 11

How many siblings do you have? What’s your birth order?
I have two brothers and one sister. I’m the second child.

In a car would you rather drive or be a passenger?
I love being a passenger. I only drive short distances.

When you lose electricity in a storm, do you light the candles or turn on the flashlight? How many of each do you own?
I love lighting candles, even when we still have electricity, especially when we’re having dinner. We’ve got a flashlight and lots of candles.

List at least five of your favourite types of animals? (any animal to domestic to wild to marine life)
I love fish. tortoise, tiger, lion, birds, butterflies and bees.

Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
Our pet tortoises woke up for spring after hibernating since December. So welcome to our world, Gin, Rex and Niki! We also started our once-a-week morning swim with Jacuzzi – cool!
Hope the weather gets warmer in the week coming up so we can start cycling again. Have a lovely week everyone!


For: Share Your World – 2016 Week 11


Poetry challenge #15: Shadorma


eating our dinner
in the shade
with the babe
under the old mango tree
with the fire burning

you and me
people planting rice
plowing fields
shade protects us from the heat
you, me and baby

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

For: Poetry challenge #15: Shadorma by Jane Dougherty