“Tea in Munnar has stuck deeper roots than a casual tourist can ever see or imagine.“
One of the Most Unforgettable Night Stays of My Life:
It was a strange feeling since morning, a little ‘filmy’ infact.
The visuals of ‘Kun Faya Kun’ from Rockstar movie kept playing in my mind.
I had reached Munnar at around 8 pm the previous night and since the hotel rooms were a bit costly, I had stayed in a Masjid near the market area.
When you are exhausted and feel sleepy, you don’t care about the kind of bedroom, do you?
In fact I don’t even need a bedroom. I just need a flat surface and a few feet of vacant space to stretch my overly long legs.
Whoosh! I’ll fall asleep in a jiffy!
There’s Nothing Like a Morning Walk in the Tea Gardens of Munnar:
Except for a few tourists and super-enthu rickshawalas, the rest of Munnar was still in deep sleep.
Chandan wood carvings placed at the shelves and the aroma of homemade chocolates coming from these stores were tempting, but the tea-gardens behind it were enticing.
The gates weren’t locked so I casually entered the garden.
I was walking very slowly and whistling deliberately as I was cautious not to appear as an intruder.
I had to act normal and look like a localite too in order to get anywhere near to the interiors of these gardens and my outfit, which is never really ‘touristy’, was helping the cause.
I had not begun clicking the pics, so the locals wouldn’t suspect. It wasn’t needed either.
The surrounding itself was so soothing….
If Kerala is God’s Own Country, then Munnar is Probably His Secret Hideout:
The sight of never-ending green bathed in the early morning dew, tiny droplets trapped on the blade of tea leaves, women plucking these leaves and blind-tossing them into the bamboo baskets on their backs, and the managers strolling in Khaki trousers surveying the work…
Tea in Munnar has stuck deeper roots than a casual tourist can ever see or imagine.
I wanted to avoid all kinds of distractions and absorb as much as I could as I was in Munnar only for a few hours.
The bridge enroute Chinnar wildlife sanctuary had collapsed, hence the brief stay at Munnar.
Just imagine. Even the ‘base station’, Munnar, a picturesque town far below, from where the hike to the heights begin, is 4600 feet above sea level!
And I Came Up With Yet Another Start-up Idea:
The rains interrupted yet again.
Fog, rain and a cup of tea are one of those deadly combinations that create romance and nostalgia in Munnar. I was loving every bit of it.
As I walked passed several tea outlets, I observed that the words “organic”, “fresh” and “homemade” were written very prominently on almost all the promotional hoardings.
It’s targeting the right sentiment of the tourists visiting this place. Who wouldn’t want ‘fresh’ and ‘organic’ products which are also homemade?
I scribbled a few start-up ideas in my diary…
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You just read about Day 2 of my recent Solo Trip to Kerala (Sept. 2019) in the above blog post.
Curious to know more about how I spent the remaining days in Kerala?
Have a look at the below blog posts:
Solo Trip Day 1:
Solo Trip Day 3
Solo Trip Day 4:
However, I would have never reached Kerala, if I hadn’t slept during the placement process that day.
Eventually I reached here and so began my journey
You can also read about my other travel stories.