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Hello Loyal Readers, My latest missive from India here. I am playing a bit of a catch up game with this blogging, as have already moved on twice since this forthcoming entry. But better late than never, eh... Okay, so. Left Kochi by bus. At the bus station, which can be politely described as a bit tatty, I did not have a clue which bus would take me to Munnar, the next place. There are no notice boards, no obvious timings listed anywhere. I asked the guy at one ...
... and quick reactions of Indian bus drivers - driving a bus here requires the level of concentration usually needed for college exams, and that's 12 hours in a row! ...I took my hat off to Kamila's skills in deciphering the terrible accent of our guide in Munnar's spice garden - how she figured out immediately that "breth" means brush , "cheengham" stands for chewing gum and "boreemassah" is body massage will remain her ...
... other 2 hill stations we visited) and is South India's largest tea growing region, the rolling hills around Munnar are carpeted in Emerald green tea plantations, contoured,clipped and sculpted like ornamental hedges. The low mountain scenery is still magnificent and it is a bit warmer, at night especially. Munnar is the commercial center of the world's tea growing estates and the main reason to visit, is to explore the lush tea filled hills which surround it.
... name called out. It is Tom and Ami from Bombay, they are staying in the same place as me so we will catch up later tonight. The second show is martial arts - Kalari which was a system of moulding the soldiers. It is believed this martial art was developed i the 12th century. The 4 guys are very talented. The fight begins with bare arms and as the fight progresses other weapons are included, batten long sticks, daggers, sword and shield,etc. They use these weapons to show ...
Munnar is in the mountains (1300m I think) and is a famous honeymoon destination for Indians, it also has tea plantations covering miles and miles, with the highest peak in south India just around the corner.
Turned up here about 2pm from the bus station after a 5 hour journey on the government bus again, but also after the overnight taxi ride with Becca, so I hadn't slept much! Hopped off the bus in Old Munnar (thanks GPS) where the guest houses ...