The Tea Sanctuary
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It was an interesting drive from Cochin to the Munnar Hills. The 120 km trip actually lasted 5 h and I was glad I was not doing the driving! We gained a new admiration for Indian drivers, who seem to have amazing spacial ability, fast reflexes and a lot of courage. We battled the congested narrow roads with thousands of different vehicles without witnessing a single accident, which was an amazing feat! We made our way from city to the hills with narrow winding roads but ...
Woke up surprisingly easy this morning at 5am, maybe because we hardly slept all night and that we were stuck to the bed sheets it was that hot! Now I know why we weren't given a bed sheet to put over us! Opened the windows to let some air in but that didn't work! Shower... No water in the tank! Scott went to see if someone was awake but all the lights where off. We got ready, and much to my surprise Jon Jon was there at 6am waiting for us to go to the bus stop. I didn't think he ...
Alex left that afternoon on a sleeper bus to Bangalore. It took a couple of goes to find the right us stop, but eventually we said our goodbyes. Hope to see her again in Gokarna, but timings are tight. We'll stay in contact.
More bed and TV. And then we had a masala dosa at SN Hotel. Served as a huge cone, not unlike a witch's hat, it was very crispy and delicious. While we were eating Elmi, ze German from Varkala, came into the restaurant. ...
... in London, but originally from Sheffield and Dorset. These were our only companions for the next two days, as it turned out.
We walked for a few hours, taking in the pretty scenery, photographing as much as we could of the plantations, the hillsides, the mountains, the forest and the animal and plant life. I hope you like the photos - sorry that they are so numerous, but we found ourselves trigger-happy on the button all day! We stopped for a nice lunch at ...
... with the Balaji temple and the Annai Velankanni church in the foreground. Taken at 30X optical zoom!
Here is a closer view of the Balaji Temple.
There is a short cut path from Akkamalai to the temple but we were ...