Las Palmas Munnar
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It wasn't the best start for Munnar. Firstly, our 6 hour bus/train journey became a 10 hour journey due to being delayed because a drunk man got on the bus and started shouting various communist remarks that started a bit of a fight with every other bloke on the bus. This meant we had to wait ages for the police to arrive, who then arrested about half of the bus. As well as this, our bags got soaking wet on the bus from the heavy downpour of rain from outside. Once we ...
... br> A huge stone outcrop marked the pinnacle and we wandered about on it to soak in the view from every direction. I hope the photos do it justice. There really is something about mountain tops that engages our sense of wonder/wander like nothing else. The combination of our insignificance in the face of the world with our ability to overcome the challenge it presents is brain heroin. One of the French girls threw her hands up and screamed, ...
... was obvious. Needless to say, we still enjoyed ourselves despite a couple of run ins about basic safety and lack of professionalism.
Day 1 - 60kmAn early morning pick up from Fort Cochin, and we found ourselves off to Munnar, the starting point of our tour. We began the tour with an ascent of 15 km, for the larger part of this period I thought I was going to die. Of course it rained the majority of the day too. On the way up we encountered some black monkeys (I ...
... Greens 2-1!
We ate some great and amazingly cheap street food during our stay in Munnar but did indulge in one meal at a nice restaurant. Great food here too but terrible service and a couple of times the power went off (as it tended to in Munnar) and we were tempted to do a runner in the darkness! Fear of a night in the cells put us off though and instead we settled for watching/listening to other people not getting their orders too.
Munnar was ...
... in the early morning light. The cottage on top of the tea hill is a Managers Bungalow. Most of these heritage stone bungalows were built during the British time. Some of the estates offer their bungalows on rent though at ...