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... bank. I clicked lot of pictures.
Then we moved to echo point, where we could see tea estates. In middle of that a calm lake was flowing. We saw people shouting and screaming to get their echo back. There are many petty shops selling fruits, cool drinks etc. Echo point lies in way to Top station. But, decided not to go that far. So, we moved to Kundala lake. It was so much silence there, with less people around. We stayed at the bank for some time before we started moving back. ...
... prepared for a fight and when he said, "Green View? Yes, thirty rupees," I was stumped. I think I may have opened and closed my mouth like a stunned goldfish for a few seconds before saying, "Yes, thank you, that'll be great," and climbing into the rickshaw.
So we were plied with black tea and biscuits as we waited for everyone to gather and there were quite a few of us so we were split into ...
... biscuit, snacks and a refreshing cup of fresh estate tea.
Decent real coffee is hard to find at Valparai even though there are a couple of coffee estates there. All you will get at bakeries and messes are horrible instant Bru, Sunrise and the like. Better to stick to TEA.
Heavy rainfall in the monsoon months. Winters ...
... we normally do not take in our tours.
We started off towards a Sandalwood forest, part of the Idukki Wildlife Reserve in Marayoor, which is also famous for its locally grown jiggery. The drive as always winding through various valleys was a feast to the eyes, but later on the landscape taking the form of forests maintained and protected from poaches, mainly due to the high value of sandal wood.
We went on for another hour or so to reach the Chinnar Wildlife ...
... in terms of infrastructure - to provide the area with good roads, schools and healthcare, even in places where there were no plantations, factories or employee accommodation. We sensed that the locals had given up with the poor and corrupt governance in the area and now turned to the tea companies.
The tea story is a mixed bag but we did notice a sense of community spirit within the tea pickers. When we observed the pickers who seemed happy ...