Kerala Trip – Part 1 (Munnar)

May 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm | Posted in Kerala, Spices, Vacation | 22 Comments

Hey All , Back from a 4 days trip to kerala and I have so much to tell that one post would be too short for it.

Let me see how far I can get.

Disclaimer : Some details won’t make sense to you but I want to write them for a record πŸ™‚

28th Apr 2009 – We planned to take a train at 9 PM after office and booked a cab for 6.45 PM (as adviced by everyone) but cab did not turn up till 7.15 PM inspite of blasing them every 5 minutes. We managed to get 2 autos(some how in triple rate) and loaded our luggage and see what , the cab appeared suddenly ! Finally we hurried to the station got in the train 10-15 minutes before time. Phew !

Train ride was pretty smooth except that Aryan refused to share the berth with me and that left me sitting for 2-3 hours.

29th Apr 2009 – Reached Cochin at 8 in the morning and had some yummy breakfast at Udupi and I liked Kerala sytle sambhar :-)Drive to Munnar was beautiful. Enroute we saw 3 water falls , not much water though due to summer. Had some fresh carrots , strawberries , Red bananas , coconut water and pine apple.

Some Green Spices on the way, preserved in vinegar


A Water fall – less water due to summers


JackFruit


Wild Flowers

I had never seen so much of tea plantaion. The resort(T & U) in Munnar was beautiful with lots of flowers all over. After our bath we headed out for lunch (Mahaveer Restaurant) and went for sight seeing soon after. But in the town of Munnar everything except the market closes at 4.30 PM since its usually cold after that.

So we ended up th the town market.It was a so typically hill station kind of market with a difference. There were no shops of local handicrafts. All the shops were selling tea and spices , loads and loads of them. So after some window shopping we came back and enjoyed the garden in the resort.Had candle light dinner in resort and slept nicely.

Munnar Town


Cloves


Cardamom


The famous Kerala Parantha being made !

30th Apr 2009 – Day 2 in Munnar ,I so much wanted to see the first rays of sunand hence I had put an alarm in one of our mobiles for 6 AM. The alarm rang but I realized it was dark.So we ordered tea and after tea also it was dark.Then something buzzed in Anupam’s mind and he saw the watch. It was only 5 AM. The alarm rang in the other mobile πŸ˜› and looks like Aryan had put the alarm while playing with my phone.So Anupam went back to sleep while I justed passed time and went down around 5.45 AM , only to realize that sun rises right in the opposite direction and there is no chance I can see sun rise. Anyways I enjoyed the mist , birds and flowers and loafed around in the park for 30 minutes.

The day was full of sight seeing and fun. Headed to Top Station soon after breakfast , followed by Kundalay dam , echo point and then Mattupatty dam. Did some speed boating there and throughly enjoyed that. Aryan enjoyed as well but got scared towards the end as the boat took a sharp turn.

Top Station

Kundalay Dam


Mattupatty Lake

Had lunch (Munnar Inn) and then headed to KDHP Tea Museum. Saw an documentary (Old Mountains ,New Roads) about the histry of tea in Munnar, learnt some amazing facts about tea and saw a tea processing unit in function. It was an experience of its own, though photography was prohibitted.

Eravikulam national park was the next destination in the hope to see the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. We were not lucky to spot any though. But we enjoyed waling between the clouds , so much so you could not see 5 feet above you.


Lovely Leaf


Some Orchids at a flower show

Came back , played in the resort and slept sound to wake up early for Thekkady.

Stay Tuned for Thekkady and Alleppey !

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  1. Great update. And very nice pictures too.

    • Thank u !

  2. Wow……..sounds like an awesome holiday & such lovely pictures there.

    • Thanks ..yeah it was awesome !

  3. U seem to have had a gr8 time. That was a lovely trip; how long we have been planning to go to Munnar but end up gng elsewhere each time. After reading ur post n with the wonderful pics, Munnar calling!!!

  4. wow!! looks like u guys had a great time… πŸ™‚
    Lovely pics…

    me awarded u as well πŸ˜›

    also, will call u sometime during the weekend – if you don’t mind sharing the details about your trip and where you stayed and all that…

    πŸ™‚

    • Yes ! Thanks for the awards ! Sure ..most welcome !

  5. Beautiful pictures! I love Munnar but have never heard of that lake. Tekkady is another fav. Waiting for next batch of pictures.

    Blog hopped from somewhere πŸ™‚

    • Welcome to my blog ! The next batch is right on the top !

  6. Lovely pics!! So, somebody did have lots of fun πŸ™‚

    • thanks ! Ohh yes !

  7. Wow. Right now I am as green as the state you just visited!

    Glad you guys had a rocking vacation. The reliable Bangalore cabbies story was oh so familiar. Super pics. The freshness blooms off the screen.

    Waiting for the next part….

    • hahahha ..The cab thing ..I tell you we almost missed the vacation πŸ˜›
      Thank you ! Next part is right on the top!

  8. How can anyone wake up at 6AM on a HOLIDAY???? Gee

    • Well ..I woke up at 4.30 πŸ˜› You can if you love the dew drops and the morning sun ! AND OFCOURSE YOU KNOW THAT YOU DONT HAVE TO GO TO OFFICE !

  9. haha! trust my hubby to ask the most potent question! πŸ˜‰

    sounds like a super fun trip! am gonna take more details from ya when we plan our trip!

    cheers!

    abha

    • True πŸ™‚ Thanks you and most welcome !

  10. lovely pics.. i think whoever called kerala god’s own country was 100% right… havent been to munnar but the backwaters of kerala are equally lovely

    and ya BTW I love kerala sambhar too and specially with brown rice

    • Yeah it surely is God’s own country ! Don’t miss munnar that was the best part of our trip !

  11. Lovely pics Swati πŸ™‚ I think we need to plan a trip to Munnar soon; been postponing it for a long time.

  12. You missed Kurinji by a few years! Come back after a decade.

    Kurinji blooms

    • WOW ! I missed it 😦 Better luck next time! Thanks for dropping by !


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