Hotel Spring Valley
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... colonial rulers departed. They laid out a still attractive and recognisable French quarter, but more recently people here have had the splendid idea of closing the most important road in the town, the waterfront boulevard, to motorised traffic from 6pm until 7am. We immersed ourselves in the strolling hubbub of promenading families one evening, such a delight. As we have moved around the state we’ve seen people working at open fires roasting cashew nuts and making ...
... which is called Rural Preventures, runs projects that aims to improve the quality of rural life i.e. by empowering women and look after the elderly. They run social enterprises to raise funds for the projects such as a small café and a pottery shop in the village. We had already noticed an unusual amount of poor elderly ladies begging in the centre, and it turned out that they came into the village for the soup kitchen run by Rural Preventures. Had we known before we went we ...
... is a 1km walk along a sheer drop. After that we went to warm ourselves up with hot chocolate and met 12 girls all travelling together. God knows how they make any decisions, it's hard enough with just 2! That evening a storm was brewing and by 8pm there were torrential rains a gale force winds. We decided an Indian take-away in india had to be done and went back to the hotel and watched Mr Bean - some saturday nights don't change. Next day we decided the best way to see the ...
... but besides walking along the (busy and noisy) roads or hiring a guide for a three hour walk in the forest, we were presented with little options. Not speaking the local language certainly didn't help.
But the description of our stay in Munnar cannot be complete without a few words on our accommodation: We pre-booked a place called The Shade that got pretty good reviews and
sounded idyllic. As if pre-booking wouldn't be unusual ...
... we can head to the elephants and then decide if we want to go to Munnar – elephants are an 1.5 hour drive and Munnar is amother 3-4 after that. We had packed the bags so we thought fook it lets go to the elepahnts see how it goes – so we are driving along in the heaviest rain ever on roads of complete flooding it was like driving through a river – eventually as we reached the elephants the rain had stopped and the sky had brightened woo hoo – ...