Today, Amelie turned 17 and joined the Sri Jayendrans on the stage in the morning assembly to celebrate her birthday. After a regular morning of lessons, we set off on a two hour bus journey to the Courtallam Waterfalls.
Upon our arrival we were greeted by monkeys and the pleasant aroma of their droppings. We walked a small distance, flanked on both sides by a group of monkeys. Because Courtallam was so popular, we had a police escort to take us through the crowds at the falls. The water there is considered some of the finest to bathe in as it runs through herbal fields and people travel there from all over India for a spiritual and purifying experience. We had the opportunity to stand under the waterfall which was cold and refreshing, and overpowering yet soft.
We dried off and had tea and cakes at a small bed and breakfast 10 minutes from the waterfall and set off on the journey home. On the way we stopped at a fruit market and bought jackfruit, breadfruit, Indian lychees, prickly pears, and mangoes to bring back to our accommodation.
The icing on the cake of the day was Amelie’s birthday cake at dinner that evening. Iravu vanakam!
– Maia Benham