The Green Green Hills of Munnar
Trip Start May 01, 2010
90Trip End Apr 30, 2011
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On arrival in the bustling town of Munnar, we checked into Green View Guesthouse, situated slightly out of town where it was much more peaceful
The following day we changed our mode of transport and Sebastian’s brother took us out in his jeep following a different road to the distant Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary. Like the previous day, the landscape was nothing short of spectacular as we climbed over a high pass and dropped down the other side into a wide valley of tea and pockets of native forest, where many of the trees were in bloom. We passed many waterfalls and drove through a sandalwood forest, reaching Chinnar after an hour or so. Here we paid the park rangers to do a two hour trek. Chinnar is situated in the rain shadow of the Western Ghats so the forest here is much drier with the odd cactus bush and Frangipani tree dotted about. The park is home to leopards, deer, elephants and the rare grizzled giant squirrel
On the way back we had intended on stopping off at Eravikulam National Park, a good place to spot Nilgiri tahr, an endangered type of mountain goat. However, when we arrived there was a queue of over hundred Indian tourists waiting to pay for their entrance tickets! Deciding that it wasn’t going to be the peaceful communing with nature experience that we were after, we decided to head for home! The lesson to be learned from this is not to visit national parks or other popular places at the weekend.
Back in Munnar we went to our favourite restaurant, Sree Krishna and had a wonderful meal of onion pakoras, Kadai vegetable curry, chapatti and paratha. So far the food in India has been fantastic. It is nearly all veggie (restaurants are divided into ‘veg and non-veg’ and ‘100% pure veg’!) and extremely delicious. Breakfasts consist of dosa or uttapam which are kind of like pancakes and served with curry and a coconut relish. Curry for breakfast, curry for lunch, curry for dinner! Nice!