Mushroom Valley Homestay
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking
- Shuttle bus service
- Room service
- Continental Breakfast
- Business Services
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Munnar Day 5
I awoke at 4am to
lashing rain as a monsoon downpour rolled across the backwaters. I cannot tell
how long it lasted for as I drifted back to sleep. The next time my eyes opened
it was to the most amazing view, from our bedroom window, of the glassy water,
palm trees and the blue sky softly coloured of the rising sun. All this quickly
followed by the best cup chai on the top deck. Not a bad way to start a
Thursday. We ...
... and when India made it law that all overseas companies had to "Indianise" to a minimum of 60%, the company was sold to Tata who are like an Indian Nestle in that they own ******* everything. Tata, to me, are the bus people. They make the buses favoured by the Rajasthani government so it always surprises me when I learn what else they do that doesn't involve building some manner of vehicle.
... br> The ride was long, loud and dusty. About half way through the five hour journey the bus started making its way up some mountains and it started raining. This was the first refreshing bout of rain we had felt in weeks (or maybe months?) and I started getting excited the cool air waiting for us in Munnar. For the last part of the journey we drove through lush tea fields which were a bright green ...
... what these look like in a packet, neither of us had seen spices being grown, and, in a number of cases, had no idea what they looked like. This particular plantation grew a huge array of spices which we toured with a very knowledgeable guide. We learnt how pepper, grown on creeper trees, can vary between black pepper (picked when mature but before they fully ripen and allowed to dry in the sun) green pepper (picked at the same time as black but not dried) and white ...
Leaving behind the warm, welcoming homestay of Thattekad we headed for the altitude, cool air and lush tea plantations of Munnar. It took 3 buses and 3 hours to cover the 60 or so km to get there, sufficient time for Roger to get a lesson in bus etiquette and for us both to get a lesson in what an Indian "direct" bus is!
The first leg of our journey was a short bus ride to Kothamangalam. We jumped on an already packed bus with our big rucksacks ...