Trip – Munnar, Nature Revisited!

Prequels to this post :

After the aching early-morning adventure at the train garage, we were happy to be in the bus, starting off towards Munnar. The sensation of traveling in the train was still fresh in my nerves and it sort of made me drowsy as soon as i got into the bus. I thought that the lack of sleep experienced can be covered up to some extent in the bus-ride. Its a pity that i was proved wrong and how! Due to a weak claustrophobic trait, I was feeling uncomfortable inside the apparently cramped bus. I was dying for fresh air to hit my face, but the cold ghat winds were playing spoilsport outside.

Ah! At last, there was a respite! On the way to Munnar, the healing effect of nature showed on all the faces, when everyone were admiring the beauty of the landscapes ๐Ÿ™‚ ! The photo session started again. let me provide you a few visual excerpts. ๐Ÿ™‚

Driving into what?

Driving into what?

That was taken from inside the bus and so appears a little bit hazy. But i don’t think it diminishes the purpose of signifying the weather.

First rays of the sun from atop the canopy!

First rays of the sun from atop the canopy!

I'm left speechless... Are you?

I was left speechless! Are you?

This is one pic which makes me regret living in a concrete jungle!

After being introduced to bliss, or heaven, or whatever!, there was a pit stop. All were wondering about the unexpected halt, and before long, we got the answer! There was a waterfall beside the road, and a wonderful one at that! Traveling without anyone to command us, the child out of every person came to the fore and the blank stares of appreciating God’s taste of sculpting landscapes was evident in everyone’s eyes!

This was my wallpaper for almost a fortnight! ;)

This was my wallpaper for almost a fortnight! ๐Ÿ˜‰

A worthy attempt to quench my thirst ;)

A worthy attempt to quench my thirst ๐Ÿ˜‰

The fatigue of the train journey and the sickness of traveling in a bus had their effects. We reached the hotel at Munnar by late morning and had less than 20 hrs to hop around the place. Everyone had forgotten that breakfast time had passed long before. Within an hour, we were ready to be going out for lunch and then for sight-seeing. A guide was arranged and we set off after havin lunch.

(Searching for food made with refined oil and NOT COCONUT OIL was the first job at hand. ๐Ÿ˜› This prolly is the only thing we have to be annoyed of while traveling through Kerala)

The places we visited were a Tea Estate view-point (my header image), Munnar Dam, Lake beside the dam and Echo Point. Not much to write about them because, its best seen than being explained about.

Tata Tea company owns almost all the hills of Munnar. Here is a part.

Tata Tea company owns almost all the hills of Munnar. Here is a part.

The tea estate Crusader! ;)

The tea estate Crusader! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Next up is the visit to the Dam and lake.

Dam Info

This lake is on one side of the dam.

This lake is on one side of the dam.

Shout from this side and u'll echo ringing through the hills

Shout from this side and u'll be able to hear voice ringing through the hills!

Like all good things, the wonderful day came to an end. On the way back, we shopped for spices, tea and home-made chocolates, the specialties of Munnar. All had dinner according to their need and taste. I settled with parottas at a roadside stall and some biryani. All were ready to call it a night.

If you’re thinking that not sleeping properly for the previous night had taken its toll, then think again! The spirits were high and a small group decided to go on a midnight walk. Leaving the room by 11 in the night, we braved through the cold and returned to bed by 1.30 am.

My close friend had a function at his place and couldn’t make it to Munnar on the first day. But he joined us by reaching the room early next morning, at around 3.30 am. So, my <i>Long</i> sleep was over. 3.30 in the morning is not a time for roaming. But, we were back to the roads. After a walk for half an hour and covering about 2kms, we found a tea stall. To our amazement, it was busy with packed crowd at such early hours!!

)

In the Early Morning, after tea ๐Ÿ™‚

This pic was taken when we were enacting a virtual camp-fire scenario ๐Ÿ˜›

We could have made a camp-fire, but it was late in the evening when the idea actually hit the brain. So, tht was missed, dearly! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

The time scheduled for the bus to leave to leave for Allepey was 6.30 am. The promptness of the group was such that, we left Munnar only at 8 am ๐Ÿ˜€ . So, See you people at Allepey ๐Ÿ™‚

Catch the rest of the story here :

Trip – Allepey and Trivandrum

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26 thoughts on “Trip – Munnar, Nature Revisited!

  1. Awwwww… I am without words after I have seen every pic… And I am sad for have missed that all… :((

    you are a lot lucky to have been in this wonderful place… ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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  3. Smallstar
    Dont be sad at all… thats y i’m here for… ๐Ÿ™‚ for time being, enjoy the places thru my blog. In future, remember to enjoy at these places when u come to India ๐Ÿ™‚

    Anniyan
    Thank you man! ๐Ÿ™‚ that was clicked without thinking of the outcome ๐Ÿ˜›

    Reema
    Allepey was a 6hr drive from Munnar for us… plz wait till i reach there ๐Ÿ˜›

    Apoorva
    Going out to trips with friends will add upto the most memorable events in ur life… dont miss it if u get a chance.

    Meghana
    Yeah, they do! But there was no aroma whatsoever from the tea leaves… so stupid of me to expect it ๐Ÿ˜›

  4. @Su: yeah, you are right. I must thank you for showing these wonderful place to we all… ๐Ÿ™‚ and, when I’ll be in India, I absolutely have to visit them!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. 1st thins first the head looks awesome and the line stop here yo start afresh gets a new meaning cos of the pic….

    The pictures are awesome specially the sun ray one….

    And your post is making me nostalgic, not that I have visited these place but the sheer enjoyment & fun with friends is nostalgic enough. Staying awake for the whole night and not to complain as well…sigh!!!!

    Lovely post…waiting for more now…

  6. cool cnaps and it definitely shows how muchyou have enjoyed… and better luck nexttime for campfire.

    Allepy backwaters also would give a great visuals for us, am sure!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. hey nice report.. and your pics are nice.. ๐Ÿ™‚
    loved the last but one pic..
    Munnar is on my list for a long time now.. hope to make it happen sometime soon ๐Ÿ™‚

    will read the rest of the trip reports now.. :))

  8. Smita

    1st thins first the head looks awesome and the line stop here yo start afresh gets a new meaning cos of the picโ€ฆ.

    The pictures are awesome specially the sun ray oneโ€ฆ.

    thanks a lot ๐Ÿ™‚
    I’m glad that u cherished the nostalgic moments. after all, its only the memories which make us happy later! ๐Ÿ™‚ i’ll try to make the next parts too as good as this one!

    Sakhi
    Thanks for the camp-fire wish ๐Ÿ˜€ we did enjoy the freedom and nature. being with friends adds a lot to it!

    Sandy
    Thanks a lot man. I’m sure Munnar will offer a good work for ur cam, and a nicer visual treat than mine ๐Ÿ™‚

    Nita
    Thanks a lot! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Anniyan
    I bet they do. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Nice pics su. but y on earth the electricity board???

    y does everyone have a problem with coconut oil??? Probably, me being a keralite, wouldnt understand you guys !!!

  10. Munnar is a beautiful place. I had been there when I was in College. We really loved it, of course I feel like have to go back there since I have a better camera now. Your pictures are wonderful. I loved the waterfalls.

  11. Amit
    I too wish to go back even though its less than a month since i was there! such a beautiful place it was! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Vimal
    I couldn’t find a good place to click a pic of the dam. so, as a substitute, and as a piece of info about the old dam at that altitude, i’ve put it. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    U might have got used to food made with coconut oil, but its very difficult for people at my place to taste it. no offense meant! One exception being the banana chips. I liked them a lot ๐Ÿ™‚

    Nikhil
    Yes macha! good place for giving work to your beer bottle and a better one, if u’re goin as a couple! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜€

    Keralaviews
    I didn’t know about this “Kurinji” flower at all! prolly, i’ll check for it if i happen to visit Munnar next time ๐Ÿ™‚

    Dinesh Babu
    Ah! A better camera would have made my trip more memorable than it is now. I could use only the 2MP camera of my SE-W810i mobile.(Except for a couple of pics, which i borrowed from my friend, who had a Kodak 8MP).
    however, Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

    T
    I’m thankful that my mobile is one of the few which can be used for panoramic photography. Thnx a lot ๐Ÿ™‚
    The place is sure a natural heaven. I think we could cover only half of what is there to be seen ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
    newaz, come back for more. the trip isn’t over yet! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. Nice pics man.. u guys went to the places where we all went last year.. I am recollecting them.. but we didn’t roam till 1.30. We played cards but till 3.
    Unforgettable…

  13. Chakoli
    It seriously is heaven and i’m glad tht i got a chance to be there. ๐Ÿ™‚ Its good that u cherished in your memories ๐Ÿ˜€

    Verbivorehere
    I too crib about it. more so because, we reached there only by 12 and had to take one and a half hour out for freshing up/lunching. so we could spend only 4 hours on sight seeing.
    Btw, Welcome to my blog! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Kanagu
    cool man! i think u’d’ve enjoyed as much as we did!

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