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. 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.
The next day we hiked through the tea plantations…
…with our trusty guide Samuel
Here are some of the views…
Glad to see compost being made
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.
We didn’t see any elephants, but saw their footprints and poop
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
Someone lives in the second house
Our favorite part of the day was happening upon this family.
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.
Look at the size of that pot!
Playing around with my art filters…
Munnar…beautiful views everywhere!