Munnar : Near Town

Kerala  /   /  By Makrand

Our second day was a day tour towards other direction called Marayoor. After day 1, I thought I would have seen majority of Munnar but I was proved wrong soon. Mr. Kutti suggested us to take an auto as cabs will not be able to go to all places easily. We hired a auto for whole day and started the journey after taking our breakfast.

One mistake I did on this day was that I didn’t note down the names of the places but I guess once you reach there locals would be able to help you out. So this will be a test for you to make them understand the places you want to visit based on how well you describe :). I guess the best way would be to ask about narrow road towards forest.

The first interesting place we encountered on the way was a small Lychee farm and the lady who owned the farm was kind enough to let us taste them.

Lychee Farm
Lychee Farm

After moving for 1-2 KM we reached one of the most quiet places I had ever been to. The only thing I could hear was wind and birds. There was a pin drop silence in between when both these refused to make any sound. It was lush green everywhere and we were the only people in entire area. One of the most amazing places I have visited. The entire area was surrounded with tea plantation. We were told that entire tea plantation was owned by Tata Tea and now we knew from where we were getting tea 🙂

Tea Plantation
Tea Plantation

Tata Tea
Tata Tea

After moving further road got narrower along with downhill slopes visible at some distance. Now we understood why we are asked to take an auto. It was very tough to drive there and even in small auto your driving skills will be tested. Before moving further we again stopped to capture the views from hills which looked very beautiful.

View from Hills
View from Hills

After taking some snapshot we moved downhills. The forest had started and we moving on a road with forest on both sides. We could hear sound of flowing water from inside forest and suddenly auto driver stopped in between. We looked at each other’s perplexed faces and driver announced we are going to see a waterfall inside forest. It was a pleasant surprise and we had our small trek in woods.

Waterfall
Waterfall

It was a very safe waterfall as it was not leading down to any where downhills and there was no danger of any kind. Some of us bathe in it and rest decided to chill along side. We spent around 2 hours and still didn’t want to leave the place as we had the falls completely to ourselves with no other tourists around.

Our last stop for the day was Spice Garden. Entry fees is around Rs. 100 but not many of us liked it. So if you want to see how different spices are grown you can visit once, else you can skip it. The garden has plans of all spices that are used in our daily cooking as well as some new ones which I hadn’t even heard about.

Spice Garden
Spice Garden

Turmeric
Turmeric

Spice Plant – 1
Spice

Spice Plant – 2
Spice Plant - 2

Finally the day had come to an end and we returned towards Munnar. We bought some banana chips and Cardamom from market. After having dinner we went to sleep in time as next day we had to start for Alleppey.

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