When I woke up in God’s own country: Kerala #2

Day 2: The Lake, the tea plantations and the mighty hills!  
Reaching Munnar from Kochi was a disaster. The state KSRTC bus felt as if it was a war-truck, transporting us all to some random unknown place in the dead of the night.
Thankfully, the back breaking ordeal ended, and we reached the hill station. A cottage in Munnar was waiting for us for an incredibly cheap price. It is always better to look for cottage homes instead of hotels in these kinds of places. They are closer to the actual touch.
We hired a Jeep. The driver knew all the places pretty well, and knew some good anecdotes too. We started on the day’s trip by first visiting a lake where we could powerboat!

Peaceful waters and and still minds

A beautiful weather with an even more beautiful scenery was delighting us anyways.
The prospect of boating in it all brought the ecstasy!
Snow Valley

"All things are artificial, for nature is the art of God."  ~Thomas Browne
Left, I said!
 Droplets of water, droplet of soil.
Setting forth.
Amazing experience it was. But like all other good things in life, it ended. And ended pretty soon. Keeping the memories safe in our memory cards, we moved ahead to the tea plantations.
And another set of breath taking greenery was waiting for us!

No. I did not increase the color on photoshop...

Reminds me of the default XP Wallpaper. Only way more beautiful!
The Guardians of tea.
There was tea. As long as we could see. We could not contain ourselves and jumped into the plantations. I was not wearing shoes, and had to pay the price by getting leeched.
It sucked. Literally!
Chaai anyone?
This is the exact frame where a leech sucked blood from my foot. Posing in Bollywood style sucks. Always!
Anyways, with a band-aid on my foot, we moved ahead. The tea plantation had lost its sheen for me, thanks to that bloody sucker. :|
However, I forgot it all within minutes, because the next place in the itinerary had even more divine things in store for us.

The Breathtaking Hills!

Divine lands of a distant gaze
Balustrade to heaven? 
"Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books."  ~John Lubbock

 Wind's in my hair, I'm part of everywhere...

Being at the top is lonely they say. Not true, when you have five other footloose hearts with you, right there to share the wanderlust.
The People.
And not to forget the faithful Jeep too!
The Jeep and the Dog.

We called it a day with coconut water, and green memories of having visited an amazing place.
Kerala is God’s own country. True.
Kerala. Amazing. Kerala.
Alok K.
P.S. By the time we reached the cottage, it was raining heavily. We all got drenched. What better thing to do on a rainy day than to have Chaai and Pakoras with friends? ;)
Finger lickin' good, and not KFC. :)


Mohi said...

Beautiful photography, Alok! Kerala looks so Quiet, Calm and Clean from you cam. Looking forward to a visit.

Vishesh said...

Seriously, the photos themselves are so exhilarating...I can hardly imagine how the place would be like!

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