05.12.2015 - 08.12.2015 27 °C
After being so relaxed at the beach in Varkala we threw ourselves back into the chaos that is city life in India.
Being the capital of Kerala, Trivandrum is a large city that is heavily populated but because of the milder nature of the Southerners, it didn't feel as hectic as some of the Northern cities.
There is not a real lot to do there so we only stayed for a few days.
The first day we arrived we were greeted with rain and this had us huddling in our hotel room, watching TV for the first time since we were in Mumbai more than a month ago (all our guesthouses since then have not had TV). So it was nice to relax and watch some movies.
The next day we headed out along MG Road to the very end where there is an area of museums, parkland and a zoo. We visited the zoo and saw some amazing birds, rhinos, hippos and snakes but the most awesome thing was the tigers. This zoo is said to have inspired the animals in the book the Life of Pi and I can see how this happened. The tigers were kept in smaller cages and were pacing along the edge, eyeing everyone off. We were so close to them, it felt like they were watching us very carefully, daring us to come nearer. To see such amazing animals up close was absolutely fascinating. They move so majestically. They became annoyed when the zoo keepers came into the area and started to clean around their cages, growling at them. The sound of a tiger growling is something else. It comes from deep within their bellies and carries so far. It was really exciting and a bit scary.
I feel sad for these animals kept in these conditions. I am in two minds about zoos, I can see the animals are fed and look well cared for but their enclosures do not offer anywhere near the amount of freedom the natural world does. I know it is good for breeding and conservation but I hate seeing animals kept in cages, clearly agitated. Especially the birds who have such large wingspans trying to fly around a cage.
The next day we spent wandering around the city, doing some shopping and watching a demonstration that was a march through the city and people from all over the state had arrived to participate. There were so many people!
So now we are headed back to the beach again, this time even further South (we are almost at the tip of India) to a place called Kovalam.