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 …
Up at 7am for a guided 1.5 hour trek through the tea fields, nearby towns. Learned about tea shrubs, seeds and flowers. Our guide's English was impeccable….he is in school for a degree (he already has a number of other degrees) that will enable him to get a job working as an animator with his cousin. Back to the palace for breakfast on the balcony, lovely! Drove to the ...
... as I was feeling vaguely ill and off he trotted down the hill to walk in a tea plantation. From all accounts it was glorious, hooray for the lad he got his wish! We tuktuk'd home, and I had a nap as I had declined rapidly and then at 4:30 we went off to get Indian specialty massages called Ayurveda massages. Now I don't know how Michaels experience went but Mine was interesting haha! So I went into the massage room and got nude apart from my undies but then Humaya my massage girl said, ...
... land to be reclaimed by the original shola forest.
Exquisite wild balsam - another rare species but locally abundant in Valparai.
Our old friend the Malabar Giant Squirrel in his various poses. ...
... back to our farmhouse. Leveraging his fire building expertise, developed over a lifetime of crafting bonfires on the beach in Australia, Nick cooks up a cozy fire in the pit using the wood he and Thijs had smuggled earlier in the day. One by one, the rest of us take a seat around the fire, talking, laughing, and singing into the night - a fitting end to a perfect day.
Having trekked up and down the hills of Munnar for the greater part of the previous day, ...
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