Talking to Tea Field Workers about health in Valparai, India

  Staying in the South Indian plains of Tamil Nadu you cannot imagine what’s up there in the hills at a height of ca. 1500 feet. For reaching the most known places such as Ooty, Munnar or Valparai you have to climb up a huge number of hair pin bends. And then, at a certain point…

Hampi: Monkey Land and Hippie world 

I had never seen such a landscape before. Huge rocks, mountains out of bizarre, huge rocks. Monkeyland. Land of crocodiles, too. And Hippies. Ancient temples, and ruins – what enormous kingdom it must have been! There are some chilling restaurants besides very poor huts, guest houses that partly seem to crash soon, however they promise…

7weeks in India – When the elephants come

We all know them: the famous “painted and decorated ” elephants from India. Elephants are much respected and many celebrations can’t be done without them. But there is also a “normal elephants’ life” aside. On the roads in the rural parts of Tamil Nadu (what means most of the region) you will find signs saying…

Twoandahalfweeks in India – elephants and an unreal world

Another impressive moment of our journey was much more touristic, but nevertheless I do not want to miss it: the visit at the Periyar National Park, one of the most visited animal protection zones of Southern India. It is notable as an elephant and tiger reserve. In between there is huge artificial lake that has…