Travel Blogs from Munnar
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Once into Kerala (some minor payments to army officers to get through checkpoints), we stopped to take some pictures of tea plantation workers. Then it was into Munnar to meet with someone from the bungalow where we were staying and a dark, bumpy ride up into the hills to reach the former plantation manager's house.
Loams View Point but there aint no Nilgiri Tahr there right now. Cant complain, we saw them on the way up.
That is Jagdeesan our driver ...
We have arrived in the town of Munnar in Kerala. In the western ghats. A scruffy little town surrounded by tea plantations. We had quite a mammoth journey, it should have been quite straightforward but as often happens in India, plans went slightly askew. We were travelling from Kodaikanal, a hill station in Tamil Nadu. It should have been a 5 hr journey. There was no local bus and the cost of 4 tickets on the private bus was the same as a taxi so we thought lets go for ...
Okay, so this little excerpt isn't something that's been saved over the past two weeks. THis is to inform everyone that internet at Pondicherry University is PAINFULLY SLOW. That being the case, it is nearly impossible to upload pictures, and I can't sign into my facebook or email for the time being. I will keep trying, and the french guy down the hall said we could buy something in town to boost our speed a bit.
So, just wanted to let everyone know, it is a mirracle that ...
As we know (do we?), most tea comes from India; the English discovered it there, "employed" the locals, shipped it to England, and introduced an entire new culture.
Till three days ago neither Kim not I had seen an actual tea plant*. This changed by the instant when we reached the mountain town of Munnar, where you not just see one tea plant, not just one tea plantation, no, dozens and dozens of tea estates as far as the eye can see. What a sight.
How has this hotel rated in the past?