I am a 21 year old female journalist from England, London. The aim of my trip is to write an informative article about the festival Thrissur Pooram - so any help with contacts of religious leaders/organisers/performers/animal handlers knowledge of the festival etc. would be a brilliant bonus. I am looking to stay two weeks, so the second week I can be more of a tourist, and enjoy and learn about the area and the people. My twin brother will accompany me as my photographer, so two beds are needed, but don't mind sharing a room. Please offer quotes, distance from the festival and any help you can give regarding my article.
p.s I also really really want to ride an elephant! Any help arranging this too would be brilliant! I am happy to give tours or even accommodation in London to friends I make in India after wards too.