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... in the tourists from the north as was evident during our stay.
We started at “Coakers Walk”, which offers a view of Periyakulam. A Telescopic view is also available for a small fee. The view is great when there is no mist and there is a battery of Instant Photos vendors who ply their trade here. The next stop is “Upper Lake View” which offers a view of the Kodaikanal Lake where I have taken numerous rides as a student. On to “Pine Trees ...
... is routinely stepped on. There’s no path, no signs, no guard rails, not even another person to be seen on our way. This is the real forest of the Western Ghats. We’ve made it off the beaten path.
Winding our way through this immense maze of green we are taken back by the sights. Waterfalls trickling down the rocks. Avocados the size of a human baby. Rolling fog that is really just a cloud sliding up the mountain’s slope. The silence is palpable. There ...
It's Andy again.
So just to clear up 'Cakegate' as suspect number 1, I was released without charge pending full investigation. It definitely wasn't me though!
On Sunday we got up early at GKs Homestay to get the bus to Munnar, the home of tea plantations in Kerala. We thought we'd seen the best of Indian bus driving, but the best was yet to come on the journey to Munnar. Twists & turns and up & downs ...
... nicer than Ooty. Much cleaner, greener, although loads more Indian tourists. Rented a bike for a quick cycle around the lake, and sat reading my book for a while before walking back to the hostel.
By the time I was back at the hostel, a couple more people had moved into the dorm and I had dinner with them, and arranged to go on a trek together the next morning. Unlike the one I did in Ooty, which involved a 20 minute ...
... bus took us uphill and dropped us at near the top of the hill. The view is beautiful. Most of visitors come here to see the endangered Nilgiri Tahr (a type of goat). At first Vinh spotted about 10 of them, they were way up on the hill. We continued hiking up hill, the landscape is very nice. We saw some yellow and purple flowers that we never saw before. On the way back, some Nilgiri Tahr ventured closer to ...
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