Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Dec 25--Never Smile at a Crocodile

On a hot Indian Christmas Day, we did some sight-seeing.

First we went to Crocodile Bank, a large conservation and breeding site for crocodile species from all over the world. Since 1976 the Bank has bred over 5000 crocodiles and now holds over 2400 crocodilians of 14 different species. Many crocodiles are endangered due to habit loss, conflict with humans, and hunting.

Then we went to a site of ancient temples carved during the rule of the Pallavas. Some of them are carved from single large stones.

To celebrate Christmas, we had dinner with some family friends who are Syrian Christian: Nishanth and Archana, Helen and Balaji (Nishanth's parents), Andrew and George (Nishanth's cousins), and Aqueel and Bikram, friends of the family.

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