Panorama in Munnar

Panorama in Munnar

Several different friends recommended heading up to the hills of Munnar to escape the heat and take in the tea plantation views. From our houseboat, Lex and I were taken immediately to the bus station for a sweaty, crowded, and almost 5-hour ride, then 3 more hours on a second bus, to finally reach Munnar.

Our first bus to Munnar

Our first bus to Munnar. It was not the most comfortable, but certainly not the worst bus I’ve ever been on either.

When we got to our hotel, the sun had set, though we still had this view.

When we got to our hotel, the sun had set, though we still had this view.

The next day we  hiked through the tea plantations

The next day we hiked through the tea plantations…

...with our trusty guide Samuel.

…with our trusty guide Samuel

Here are some of the views

Here are some of the views…

 

Glad to see compost being made

Glad to see compost being made

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Something interesting that we learned from Samuel – black tea, green tea, and white tea all come from the top part of the same tree.  The black tea leaves are the most mature, biggest, and cheapest, then the green in the middle, and the white tea leaves are the youngest and most expensive. The flavors are different, and apparently much more delicate in a white tea.

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We didn't see any elephants, but saw their footprints and poop

We didn’t see any elephants, but saw their footprints and poop

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This is old Munnar. It's hard to see, but there is a Christian church, a Hindu temple, and a mosque all at the same altitude. Religious diversity and acceptance at its best.

This is old Munnar. It’s hard to see, but there is a Christian church, a Hindu temple, and a mosque all at the same altitude. Religious diversity and acceptance at its best.

 

We found a porcupine quill

We found a porcupine quill

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I'm pretty sure someone lived in the second house

Someone lives in the second house

Ouch!

Ouch!

lunch

lunch

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Our favorite part of the day was happening upon this family.

Our favorite part of the day was happening upon this family.

There was some kind of event going on, and they invited us to stay for lunch. We had already eaten...

There was some kind of event going on…

...and they kindly invited us to stay for lunch, but we had already eaten. I don't think the meat (goat?) would have gone down without a fight.

…and they kindly invited us to stay for lunch, but we had already eaten. I don’t think the meat (goat?) would have gone down without a fight.

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Look at the size of that pot!

Look at the size of that pot!

Playing around with my art filters

Playing around with my art filters…

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Munnar…beautiful views everywhere!

 

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