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... of a car ride later, a midst the overwhelming darkness, we managed to follow them up the hill (thanks to some trusty torches) after getting settled in, more teachers arrived to welcome us to the grounds. Surrounded by laid back, like minded individuals our age, we finally felt like a group of backpackers sharing beers, stories and songs. The atmosphere was pretty sweet, to say the least.
The next morning we awoke to the jungle just outside our door- ...
The Village, India Blog 23, September 26th
I’m knelt at the base of a small stream. Cupping my hands, I bring the water to my mouth. The mountain rains have been good today. The water is cold as it falls on the rocks. I pull a breath. The air is cool, crisp, wet. We’re standing in a cloud as it rolls over the hills. I drink and breathe the same refreshment.
Kodaikanal is the name that I’ll mention in many story swaps to come. The Western Ghats ...
... bed, shuttered windows, wooden beams and pot plants. Like the town, it was very French, but also very Indian, with Rangoli at every doorway and Shiva and Ghanesh in the Salle a Manger looking over us as we enjoyed probably the best breakfast since the Silk Road (see Iran blog). After reluctantly leaving the luxury of Pondicherry we took a night bus to Madurai. A hot, busy and historic Tamil city with the ...
... kilo (£89.00).
However the overall region was more known for its black tea. He told us that only 100 or so years before tea had not even existed in Munnar, what we could see for miles had actually only been recently cultivated by the 26 or so factories that operated in the area.
We stopped adjacent to one of the factories and managed to pull over and meet a lady who was busy picking tea – though none of ...
... are very narrow and we often had to pull to the side to let oncoming traffic get by. People do not drive up the mountain past 5:00 pm due to poor visibility (lots of fog) and the narrowness of the roads. Once we actually got to the town of Munnar we were pretty excited thinking we had made it. The driver told us our hotel was an hour away still! We didn’t think we would make it, we had already been driving for about 4 hours and we were all looking a ...