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... proceded to drive at 15 mph up the hill. After being dropped off at a seemingly random cross roads I walked the final 3 miles through the forest attracting stares from all the guys driving up like I was clinically insane. I thought it was great though, as a certain someone would say, I had lovely time. It's still taking a while to get used to often being a bigger attraction than the actual sight I'm at, with more people asking for a picture with me ...
... trees originally planted for silkworms and silk production. Our next stop was to a bee museum. As a quasi- entomologist I was pretty interested in this but it ended up being even more it interesting that I anticipated - and tempered my appreciation and enjoyment of the extensive tea plantings. This very small museum had some basic information about native pollinators in this area, and also showed a video about the local honey gathering traditions. There are a local 'tribe' ...
... at 15:45, I checked availability for the 16th - and, to my surprise, there was a single seat / berth available. So I got in the queue (thinking that the window would close at 16:30 but in fact closing time was 16:00.) At 16:00, when I was just one person away from being served, the friendly train station guy said "Four o'clock. We're closed now." The one guy in front of me pleaded to be served but the train station employee said that ...
... his roots of a European past.
We walked further out along the Kodanad road, lovely scenery everywhere, with the locals picking tea in the hilly fields. Spotting monkeys on the road up ahead we decided to give up on the walk and flagged down a bus for the ride back to Kotagiri.
The bus was packed full, with people even tumbling out of the door, but I didn't care and hung on at the steps with the men while the people inside found Rosina ...
... picnic lunch.
Dense pine forests appeared, obviously naturalised plantations.
One more quaint abandoned house in the middle of the forest