The swimming pool

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The swimming pool’s pump is now run by solar power. Because we are blessed with such good light, the photovoltaic cells operate the pump for free! Even during a heavy rain storm, the pump continues its work. However, there have been additional benefits. Because the pump operates for so long each day, the purity of the water is being maintained with out having to use massive doses of chemicals. The environment is continuing to evolve. Bee-eaters and drongos are frequently seen diving for insects. The variety of butterflies in the… Read more »

Weaver Birds

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Weaver birds have started to build in the trees by the main roof terrace. They have had a few fights over territory. Two nest are almost complete. The birds’ colouring suggests that they are breeding males. We wait to see if the nests will be occupied. Towards the lake another nest has been built. Pandi has been down to check out this one. He reports that this site is currently active. He has returned with photographs of an almost completed nest. We will be monitoring this to find out whether… Read more »

The swimming pool

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Pool with view of the mountains

A swimming pool? Responsible tourism? Can they go together? Is it better to swim in Dindigul’s drinking water source or to swim in a purpose -built pool? Our swimming pool was designed and constructed by a world renowned and well respected French company It was also planned for a minimum long-term impact on the environment. The disturbance to the subsoil was minimal. The pre-pressed supports for the concrete used a modern composite strong enough to ensure rigid walls but using the smallest possible amount of cement. The trouble with tiled… Read more »

Butterflies in the pool garden

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An advantage of Cardamom House is its rich variety of habitats and associated photographic opportunities. The variety of butterflies to be photographed changes as the day advances. In addition, the varieties change from week to week as different flowers come into bloom. It is such a luxury to be able to sit on the verandah or in the garden, camera at the ready, and have your subject visit you!    

Photography tours

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Over the last few years the beauty of the locations and the wealth of opportunities close to Cardamom House has meant that we have been visited as a part of a photographic tour. For example, Charlie Waite has brought two Light and Land Tours to Cardamom House. The participants have spent time photographing sari-clad women slipping through the palms, while discovering the intricacies of accurately capturing the vibrant colours and delicate light. With Pandi, they have explored the village. Some of their images have won prizes in competitions. Some participants have also taken… Read more »

Keen photographers.

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All the staff are keen photographers. Samy noticed that migrating butterflies had gathered on a root, possibly to feed on the rich mixture, contained in it, in preparation for the mating season. Meanwhile, Murugesan (Muggy) has been taking close-ups of sunbirds and Pandi has been pursuing mynah birds, as well as doing dawn and dusk trips to the lake, monitoring the bird life. Polpandi can boast being the only member of the team to successfully photograph a hoopoe. He and Shankar have also recorded the growth of tailor birds from hatchling… Read more »

Wild Elephants at the Temple

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Five wild elephants ended up at the dam at the beginning of the month. The dam is only one kilometre away from Cardamom House.  It may be the drought that forced them to go in search of water, or it maybe that their habitat has been destroyed by increased development. Elephants are very sensitive to human presence. They are also strong and can break through metal fences and trample houses and crops. Eventually they were driven up into the hills by people drumming. More wild life is being seen in the area…. Read more »

Regular visitors to the garden

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Sunbirds are always around in the garden. They seem to focus on one flower colour and then move on to another colour when the first is in short supply. They will often come right up to the verandah, where guest are eating breakfast or reading a book. Robins are also regular visitors. They often build a nest in the gable of Valley House. Their red rump makes them different from the robins seen in Europe and in North America.         Peacocks regularly walk through the garden searching for… Read more »

The Indian Roller

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For a number of days, we have watching a flash of turquoise swooping into the trees by the volleyball court. It was too big to be a kingfisher and there was no cackling scream, so we searched the bird books, and identified it as a roller. The bird had probably been attracted to the rich pickings of insects and small reptiles on the cleared land. In addition, there had been too much debris from our prunings of the garden’s trees and shrubs for the passing goats to eat, so Pandi had been… Read more »