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The final days in Agumbe and the journey to Kochin

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Spice warehoue Fort Cochin

During our time in Agumbe we completely lost track of what day we were in and what time it was, all we were aware of was that it was going quickly!! We managed to pack quite alot into our final week, we went on a hunt for caecilians with some of the guys at the research station which was awesome as the village we went to look in was absolutely stunning, little colourfully painted houses dotted along the bottom of the mountains which were covered with trees and streams flowing down the sides. For those of you who have absolutely no idea what a caecilian is, it is a legless amphibian, they look a bit like a slow worm but are grey in colour and segmented (they are pretty cool). In the process of the hunt we managed to rake up a baby humpnosed pit viper and various other sankes, only one caecilain was found.

Sunrise over the backwaters

We also ventured into the rainforest canopy on ropes which was really cool and found some of the tree living amphibians. Climbing into the canopy in the rain at night was a sureal experience.

The rain was non stop and the humidity was a constant 100% and things were starting to grow fungus (including our feet!) but we were sad to leave Agumbe and the great people we had met.

Our next stop was fort cochi via mangalore, the journey was a disaster as we ha had been given the wrong tickets. After 14 hours cramped into one seat with all our luggage we were quite worse for wear. However we eventually made it to Fort Cochi where we met Nick and Jane. The town is not as hectic as other towns we have encountered in India. The colonial portugese and british architecture slowly crumbling away and huge chinese fishing nets line the wharfs.

We spent a couple of days in the back waters cruising along in a beautiful houseboat watching the world go by (and recovering from our journey) The sun rise was unforgettable and seeing kingfishers fishing a highlight. We are now back in fort cochin preparing to set off on the next stage of the adventure.

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Spice warehoue Fort Cochin
Spice warehoue Fort Cochin
Sunrise over the backwaters
Sunrise over the backwaters
Old building Fort Cochin
Old building Fort Cochin
Back waters Kerala
Back waters Kerala
Kingfisher
Kingfisher
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photo by: Vikram