Hotel Spring Valley
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... coach, attraction to attraction, fitting in as many places of interest (and selfies) as possible. We spent hours wandering on less trodden paths through the forest, following a stream running from Vattakanal Falls, then weaving through the forest around the hills, overlooking a misty valley.
One of the main viewpoints is a place called (for obvious reasons) Dolphins Nose, situated a short walk down from Vattakanal village. We had previously been ...
... of how to set long term goals and see them gradually realised. The concept for the central focal point, or soul of the city, the Matrimandir, was laid down at the inception in the 1950's and took over forty years to construct. It is now a wonderful building and completely dedicated to concentration. Once again here we found more great wisdom. Here is just one quote, a reflection from the 'Mother' who founded it:
"The ego thinks of what it wants and has not. This ...
... view, stopping off at a couple of waterfalls (seen more water coming out of hotel showers in the UK) and eating some good food.
The last part was the the bus ride back. Thinking we had gone through the worse on the way up we weren't prepared for the journey back. In total 2 out of the now 4 of us passed out and needed watering back to health plus 3 of the locals spent the majority of the time being sick.....nice.
... Elephants are seen as being able to move anything out of their way. Thus, Ganesh is the remover of life’s obstacles. It’s a representation of God’s ability to help man overcome adversity.) We would’ve followed the crowd had it not proved so overwhelmingly populous and alive. Men were dancing in a form that can only be described as thrusting their hips into each other. Many people were drunk, though I don’t think it was the majority, and we all decided ...
... foot to explore the lush green rolling hills of Kerala's tea country...
And from the top of the majestic "High Range Hills", you can look out over craggy mountains down into the arid plains of Tamil Nadu below - a guy up there showed me pictures of cows mauled by tigers. Hmmm, do I really want to be scrambling around in these parts?
It's a landscape of indescribable beauty, which extends for miles in a all directions. I ...