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Exploring Kodaikanal

March 3, 2016

sunny 25 °C
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After a nice breakfast on the rooftop of our hotel, we set out to do some exploring. This town is high in the mountains and most of the streets are up and down. There are a few level areas, one of which is around the lake in the middle of town. So we set off to do the walk around the lake. On our way down to the lake, we checked out another hotel, the Hilltop Towers, and found they do have WIFI in the rooms and the room passed our inspection. So we made a reservation for two nights there.
Once we got down to the lake, there is a lovely paved walk all the way around the lake. It is a 5 km walk and early in the morning, there was not a lot of people on it. The forest department has put up signs identifying some of the kinds of trees, which we find interesting. We had thought there might be a lot of birds around, but there were not very many birds at all.
The lake

The lake

Fishermen on the lake in their round boat

Fishermen on the lake in their round boat


After that pleasant walk, we went looking for a tailor. Don has ripped one of his favourite pairs of shorts and he wants a new pair. These are shorts with multiple pockets of many sizes, I think 9 or 10 pockets. The first spot we went, the woman said she only did women's stitching, so she couldn't do it. But we got directions to a another tailor for men. So we found P.K. Raja, a very nice man who said he could make the exact pair in a good quality cotton poplin. He will have them done by Saturday night, because we will be leaving on Sunday morning.
We also visited the Tourist Information Office and got some more information. We had heard about an organic farm here from another traveller and wanted to find out where it was and how we could visit it.
Construction site - the women carry the mixed cement on their heads

Construction site - the women carry the mixed cement on their heads

The men make the cement and smooth it after the women dump it

The men make the cement and smooth it after the women dump it


We had lunch at the Cloud Restaurant, which has a wood fired oven and makes delicious pizza. That was quite a treat for me and they also had WIFI there. All this walking around town is quite strenuous for me, although Don just walks up the steep streets like there are flat ground. We went back over to the hotel to rest for awhile.
A new fruit we tried, delicious and now we know its name is sapota

A new fruit we tried, delicious and now we know its name is sapota


Later in the afternoon, we had another walk which took us around the edge of Bryant Park, which has lovely trees. We didn't go into the flower garden area because they were closing up for the day. We had supper at the Astoria Veg Restaurant, which was also good and then back to the hotel to watch movies on TV - the first TV watching we have done on this whole trip!

Posted by katdill 17:46 Archived in India

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