Periyar is a wildlife sanctuary in Kerala. It is a highly protected tiger and elephant reserve. Other mammals found here include gaur, Bison, different types of deer, Dholes, mongoose, foxes and leopards. There is also a wide variety of birds, butterflies and reptiles. Sabrimala, a temple visited by 4 million pilgrims every year, is within the buffer zone of Periyar. It is about 120km from Kochi. It is also known as [ more... ]
Thrissur is a city in Kerala, widely considered its cultural capital. It is home to some very prominent artistic institutions such as the Sahitya Academy, the Sangeeth Nataka Academy, and the famous Kalamandalam. Keralaâ€™s most extravagant festival, Pooram, is hosted here in Thrissur. Pooram involves lots of decorated elephants and a the beautiful beat of the panchavadyam, 5 instruments traditional to [ more... ]
My kids started school, so having a strong base in Melbourne has been a key priority. I'm not daunted by the travel. People say, 'It's so far to Australia,' and I say, 'You get on the plane, you eat well, you sleep, you wake up - and you're there.'