The Tea Sanctuary
Travel Blogs from Munnar
And so, a hectic 24 hours begins, starting with an 8am ferry from fort Cochin (where I nearly fall into the water as I leap from the boat to the mainland) over to Ernakalum to catch an bus into the Eden-esque hills of
Located 800ft up, the region - known humbly as 'the hills', is
responsible for some of India's …
... at 9 am in Kochin. Here a driver was already waiting to take us to our first destination: Munnar. On the journey I could already see the big differences to the busy city of Delhi. In Kerala life seems to be more laid back: the roads are less crowded, the houses are bigger and the shops are cleaner.
The journey itself was a pain. The car was not very clean. Two spiders had hidden under the ...
... the girl wipes my body down with a cloth taking most of the oil off. I am not used to someone washing me down feels Beverly uncomfortable but you really have no choice, after I have another go. My hair is thick with oil, it is stuck to my head. I will need to wash my hair to get the oil out - I must look horrid. Back to the Guest House and dinner is served. My seat is waiting with the other guests. I don't have time to shower, have no idea what I look ...
... about the leaves and the teas, watched the machinery doing its thang, watched a movie about the history of tea plantation and then got a free cup of chai! The driver, Ashok, took us to a dodgy government bottle shop to get some cheap beer. We lined up behind a dirty barred liquor window and purchased 3 650ml Turborgs for about $5 NZ. Nothing much to do in the small town of Munnar but it's nice and green ...
... that they have little practice with the spoken language, in any event they will try their best to help visitors.
WATCH OUT FOR LEECHES!
Valparai is verdant and sylvan, but also LEECH INFESTED. Leeches are everywhere, not just in the forests. And they are quick to attack visitors whose blood they probably view as "haute cuisine"!
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