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A quite hotel situated high up in the centre of a tea plantation. Early morning breakfast of English toast and jam whilst looking over a mist laid valley was very peaceful.
Our tour today took us to visit a tea museum and a tea factory. This involved a 30 minute video about the history of tea and the English influence that was made during the late 19th century. For those of us that have done this before, it ...
... doesn't drink enough water or at least know a minimum intake?
I was more interested in taking pix, getting kernels of information from him about coconuts and the locally grown brown rice. It is a bit muggy.
Waves from a boat put some water over on to the path. Never heard anybody scream about getting a little wet before; must be an English thing. We detoured through the grounds of a large rather excuse me property. Big Mama made the ...
... town and up into the hills. Along the way the three of us (Alex was still with us) introduced ourselves to the two French girls that would be going on the walk with us. Marie and Juliette were young (by our standards) sisters, one a practising nurse and the other still deciding what to do with her life.
After about half an hour of gorgeous driving the Jeep stopped and we got out to take a photo of the sun beginning to peak it's way between ...
... on account of being "local people of the village", whatever that meant.) We snoozed in the late afternoon and had Robin's delicious dal and rice and chips for dinner.
It turned out that Neil and Rosalynd's driver had been more ambitious than our's, and had taken them (via an hour-long detour and terrible roads) to Munnar town. They'd seen a Keralan martial arts show, and been to the Tea Museum too. So much for a general strike! Anyway, we were a but ...
Leaving behind the warm, welcoming homestay of Thattekad we headed for the altitude, cool air and lush tea plantations of Munnar. It took 3 buses and 3 hours to cover the 60 or so km to get there, sufficient time for Roger to get a lesson in bus etiquette and for us both to get a lesson in what an Indian "direct" bus is!
The first leg of our journey was a short bus ride to Kothamangalam. We jumped on an already packed bus with our big rucksacks ...