Sea Turtle Camp in Kundapur
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Three amazing weeks, with loads of new friends from all over the world, Nice introductions into the Indian culture and an opportunity to get to know locals despite Huge language barriers :)
As part of the FSL: Sea Turtle Conservation Camp, along with 12 other volunteers from Korea, Japan, Denmark and Finland got to stay at an old time Indian home, with quite Indian amenities that obviously included Indian toilets ;)
To me, coming to Kundapura was coming home but with a whole different kind of people around, since both the weather, and nature were so very similar to the way it is at home. However, Kundapura surprised us with beautifulkl backwaters, where we got to ride and very quiet boats that made us forget for a couple of hours that somewhere in the world existed pollution, noise and traffic.
Kundapur was also a magnificent Sunset scenario from the old Lighthouse to the beautiful desserted beaches. We also got a great insight into the culture by our camp leaders who even were kind enough to invite us into our homes and had their sisters dress all the girls in beutiful fancy sarees if just to take pictures.
As part of the Camp Activities we created several information huts along the coastline to educate fishermen and their families about the iportance of saving sea turtles from their fishnets. We also had several opportunities to paint Sea Life murals at several schools as well as present puppet shows to the local children about the life of Sea turtles. I guess the low point of the camp had much to do with the fact that the nomber of turtle nests along this coastline was so significantly reduced this year that we never got a chance to see a single turtle. (Every year an average of 90 nests are breeded along th coast and this year ther were only 3).
Perhaps the greatest gift I got from Kundapur were amazing friends from around the world, participating in my first Poojah Ceremony at an Indian temple and being treated as a golden guest by all the locals.
If you want to see the face of real Indian without having to go too deep in to the rural areas, Kundapur might definitely do the trick.