Now that I’ve unleashed some steam and opinions, I can now relive the beauty of South India. One months time there took me on a blissful trip to parks, zoos, shopping complexes, and beaches. I will take you on a cruise through India’s best!
June 23, 2011: Kedaram Shopping Complex, Trivandrum
June 26, 2011: Napier Museum
Absolutely stunning pieces of artwork: statues of ancient gods and goddesses, ceramic figurines, wood works, masks, costumes, traditional instruments, currencies, and so much history! Entry fee was only a infinitesimal 5 rupees, which translates to less than a dime. The gardens were stunningly green and revitalizing.
Father and Son
The architectural design of the building was breathtaking. I found the sleeping lion humorous. There was also the dancing god on a stone. And the window ledges, which featured a chimeric creature somewhere between a horse and elephant.
The Lion Sleeps Tonight...
Ah, the Weight of the World
Lunch break at the Juice Boss and Hotel Taj
Apple Milkshake =)
Egg Biryani, Raitha, Spicy Mango Salad, Indian Food
June 26, 2011: Trivandrum Zoo
Right next to the Napier Museum, the Trivandrum Zoo featured mostly indigenous Asian/Indian animals. I’ve been to zoos in China and the Bronx. I’ve also been to Atlantis Marine World on Long Island numerous times. I love animals and so will you. Hey, I grew up on the Discovery Channel and Nickelodeon. I was bound to be an animal lover and avid learner of random facts. I will put up pictures of all the animals I saw, along with the interesting facts I learned at the zoo. Gosh, I feel like an excited kindergartener on a school field trip. At the zoo, I was such a tourist, flashing out my pink camera and taking pictures of animals at every angle possible. If medicine doesn’t work out, the paparazzi can be my next resume booster. I’ve already had experiences with the paparazzi at Shanghai (some Asian actor) and Manhattan (Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes were my backdoor neighbors).
Lion-Tailed Macaque: Gets its name from its tail which has a tassel at the end like that of a lion
King Cobra: World’s largest venomous snake and the only snake that builds a nest! Its forked tongue is used to gather sensory data. Females are dedicated parents, as they use their tails to gather mounds of leaf litter.
Rhesus Macaque: Strong swimmers. Used for research =/
Banyan Trees and Prop Roots
Rose Ringed Parakeet: Immense capacity to imitate. Loud sharp screaming uttered at rest and flight.
Parakeet Alexandrine: Named after Alexander the Great when he returned from Punjab. Likes to nest in holes of large trees, very social and loud birds.
Silver Pheasant: Defends territory with whistling calls. Known to be aggressive to other species, such as attacking its keepers =/
Kalij Pheasant: Cluster distinctly into male/female groups. Quick runners, but fly when frightened. On the ground at daytime, in trees at nighttime. About 85% are born male, who also tend to stick close to the family and help out. How filial lol…
Brahminy Kite: Official mascot of Jakarta (Indonesia). Island of Langkawi named after this white bird.
King Vulture: Expert glider, sometimes soaring for hours without flapping its wings. Nest sites are known to be smelly for the purposes of warding off predators.
In the jailhouse
Cinereous Vultures: Rather ugly looking critters. Largest bird of prey in the world. Heaviest bird of flight. Also known as the “Pilot’s Worst Nightmare” because they can fly at high altitudes, up to 2300 ft.
White Bellied Sea Eagle: Marine and migratory. Do not build a nest every year, instead, renovating old ones.
Golden Pheasant: They can fly, but they prefer to run =D During courtship, males jump from side to side of females, while making whistling & clicking noises.
Adjutant Stork: Solitary and shy birds. Named for it’s stiff march style of walking.
PARK OF WATER BIRDS … Could not tell which was what… Still, I’m proud of these pictures I took through the fence holes.
I Got an Itch
Great Heron: Deep harsh croak uttered during flight
Rosy Pelican: Fishes in cooperative manner, swimming in semi-circles, flock drives fish towards shallow waters and then with sudden swish of the wings, catches the fish in its bill. Nests in old nests of flamingos. Elegant soaring bird.
Painted Stork: Until 18 months of age, young ones can make loud calls to attract their parents; afterwards, they lose the ability and must find another way to communicate with fellow birds…
Oriental White Ibis: Feeds in shallow water with head submerged. Silent birds.
Black Necked Stork: Only stork species found in Australia. More of a fish eater than other storks. Also eats reptiles, frogs, crabs…
Spoonbill: Feeds by wading through the shallow water and sweeping with partly-opened bill. Feeds many hours a day (hungry hungry birdies). Flocks fly in V-formation or single diagonal lines.
A very green lake down below:
Cannonball Tree: Medicinal uses include analgesics, antiseptics, antibiotics, antifungal, disinfectants; Helpful for colds, stomach aches, malaria, skin diseases, & toothaches (young leaves)
Sloth Bear: Its love for honey has called for its nickname “Honey Bear.” Then why is Pooh Bear yellow?
Emu: Calls consist of booming, drumming, and grunting. Booming is caused by an inflatable neck sac. Farmed for meat, leather, and oils =(
Indian One-Horned Rhino: Running Rhino started chasing some deer, running as fast as 40 km/hr. Likes to wallow in water during the day (lazy animals). Excellent swimmers (hard to imagine…) Active at night and early morning, mostly solitary. Official state animal of Assam, wherever that is… Seeing the rhino reminded me of Ace Ventura, which I saw on TV in India, the part where Ace is hiding out in a fake metal rhino and gets stuck and pushes out through the rhino’s butt. This unfolds to the astonishment of a family on the wild safari, believing the rhino is giving birth… and out pops a naked white man. Ouch…
Looks like a Tricerotop
HIPPOS!!! I love these creatures, but not at all huggable and lovable. Very violent-tempered animals. Spend most of the day wallowing in water or mud. Birth takes place in water. So does mating (kinky eh?). Third largest mammals on Earth. Though they look like fat & lazy animals, they can easily outrun a human at 48 km/hr. Known as the “Beast of the Nile” to ancient Greeks and Romans. Now I have an urge to play my favorite childhood game, Hungry Hungry Hippos!
Asian Elephant: Largest land mammal. Heaviest brain of the animal kingdom. Can sleep while standing. Wish I could do that…
Deer cohabiting with rhino and elephant
Cattle: Nothing special. Just hamburger.
African Cape Buffalo: Known as “Black Death” in Africa since it is known to gore people to death (200 human deaths/year). Herd sticks together when there’s a predator, keeping the young in the middle. Daring enough to rescue a victim buffalo from predators.
Blackbuck: One of the fastest animals at 70 km/hr. State animal of Andhra Pradesh. Males fight to the ultimate end for sex. Males have bitter duels. They also mark their territories by rubbing their facial glands on tree trunks during mating.
Spotted Deer: Very nervous animals.
Zebra: Very social animals. Each zebra has a distinct stripe pattern.
The Lion Sleeps Tonight...
Tiger: National Animal of India. Also known as the world’s favorite animal. Stripe pattern is unique for every tiger, like that of human thumb impressions.
Spectacled Caiman: Named for the bony ridge between the eyes that gives it the appearance of glasses.
Ostrich: Largest bird. Sadly they cannot fly, BUT they are the fastest two-legged animal.
Indian Peafowl: National Bird of India. Shy and alert. Males flare out their plumage to attract females.
Not the Laughing Kind of Hyena huh?
There was one casualty on this trip: my flip flop. I had to hop and walk on rocky roads until I could catch a rickshaw back.
And the Aquarium called “The Fish Galaxy”
Inside the Aquarium
Kissing Elephant Gardens