Chandana Herbal Palace
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... to stop the land from sinking as it's soil property is clay, and that the tiny island provides up to 20% of Kerala's rice. The land here is very fertile due to the rains from the monsoon season bringing in minerals and silt from the Western Ghats, therefore there is an abundance of not only rice, but fruit and vegetables. The island is in many ways, self sustaining. During our first evening there and as the sun was setting, we took a ride on a canoe down the backwaters, while ...
... in the brown waters. But they don't know any different, and everyone has a mobile phone of course. Mid morning we were back on the bus and began the 3hr journey to Periyar where we were to stay two nights at El Paradiso guesthouse. It's about 1000ft above sea level so journey was along windy roads up in to the mountains. Another change in scenery and a lot busier than the backwaters. On the way we visited a tea plantation site and saw the mass fields of tea ...
... at a very reasonable price prior to Independence. Bebi Matthew's father was one of 5 children and when the grandfather died the 1000 acres was divided up so each one inherited 120. When his father died a further division meant that Bebi Matthew now owns only 20 acres and it is on that land that the house is built. Bebi Matthew is the youngest of six children and according to the local custom the youngest child looks after the parents in their twilight years ...
... with the Asian elephant; supposedly they are smaller and more docile than their African counterparts. On the other hand, when sitting on the back of an Indian elephant and holding on for dear life, the difference seems to be negligible. Caitlin was much braver than I, but their lumbering motion made me cling on tightly, particularly when going uphill.
In the late afternoon we arrived at our hotel. We walked in, hot and sticky, and from the first minute we felt as if ...
... fields of tea. I mean acres and acres of - hills and valleys of tea. Supposedly there are as much tea here as in Darjeeling they just did a better job marketing it and branding it. Many of the tea bushes were planted by the British and owned by the government which was later bought by the mega moghul Tata (though we never saw one worker in the field). We found some great local restaurants full of locals and minimal foreigners - XYZ (will edit name later) where ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsChandana Herbal Palace Idukki
Rooms - 4/5
Customer service - 1/5
Food - 2/5
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