Birdwatching and mosquitos.
13.11.2010 28 °C
Based at the Kottayam Club at Kumarakom for my last couple of days, a very nice old colonial style building right on the Backwaters, but no one else is there, how odd ? Anyway its a good location for bird watching at the Kumarakum Bird Sanctuary. So up early at the crack of dawn (Again), into the Bird Sanctuary and around it by boat. Almost immediatly kingfishers, cormorants, darters or snake birds, egrets, pond herons, purple heron and a rare night heron out during the day. So a great morning.
Then an autorickshaw ride down the road to the Driftwood Museum, the brain child of teacher Raji Punnose, from the andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal. She has collected driftwood for many years, and prunes them into "wildlife sculptures". Some are very good, others are very abstract, and you have to look hard, but her descriptions and poetry for each piece is excellent, and she fund raises for charity. A very nice lady.
Walked back into Kumarakom, and stopped for some lunch when an almighty monsoon downfall dropped from the heavens for the next couple of hours.
An autorickshaw back to the Club, a kingfisher beer and some reading. A pleasant restful day after all the travelling and adventures of my trip.
That night I was targeted by every mosquito in the Backwaters, I was eaten alive.