23.11.2015 - 25.11.2015 24 °C
We spent two nights in Munnar, a beautifully scenic hill area that is famous for growing spices, coffee and tea. The area is very green and there are lots of high vantage points to hike or trek to enjoy the view.
We decided to take a full day trek through the tea fields, uphill to several vantage points, through the overgrown forest into the spice plantations and ending at a home where a Keralan feast was provided. We started early and after walking uphill for several hours we rested for breakfast on a rock with views of the valleys below. Continuing upwards we were again rewarded with panoramic views of the green fields below. After reaching the highest point, we began our descent which was really difficult as we were trekking down slippery paths that were not cleared. We reached a village area and looked at all the spice plants and trees. We walked for a few more hours eventually resting at a home where we were given a well deserved feast of curries and rice.
It was such an amazing experience and one of the best things I have done on this journey. We were not able to spot any elephants but we did see lots of elephant poo around so we knew they had been through earlier. The next day the group of hikers doing he exact same trek were lucky enough to spot several elephants.
We spent our second day in Munnar exploring the town and it was good that we chosen this particular day as there was a Hindu festival in full swing. There were rides, food stands and loud music. People were everywhere. We had a great time observing everything and wandering through the crowds. The locals were happy to have their photos taken and we met some of the most smiley people we had seen in India.
The rides were operated by dodgy machines that were smoking and the belts looked like they were about to break. There was a small ferris wheel which was operated by a man who literally ran around the inside like a giant mouse in a wheel. He was quite the acrobat, swinging around and doing flips. It was absolutely mental, unlike anything we ever see at our carnivals at home.
We walked through the Hindu temple and made our blessings. We were given some food to eat with the locals and made very welcome.
In the evening the real festivities kicked off with a live band and some of the craziest dance moves I have ever seen. The men are the only ones that dance and boy do they know how to throw everything into their dancing. They were so enthusiastic, flinging their bodies wildly around, cheering and whistling. Quite the spectacle.
Munnar was an amazing place to visit, I am so pleased we decided to give this little hill station a couple of days.