Tea, Tea, Wonderful Tea – Munnar, Kerala, southern India

 

Tea, Tea, Wonderful Tea – Munnar, Kerala, southern India

 

Tea. Not only is it a delight to drink, the blanket of cultivated tea makes an intense landscape. Even if you don’t imbibe in the drink you might want to gander at this locale in Kerala state of southern India; Emerald City has nothing on it.

The trip up follows the valleys and steep slopes of the Western Ghats gradually leaving the congested lowlands behind, making way for mist shrouded slopes. Flailing between the sides of your four-wheel drive as you climb and wind up the incline to 1600 m above the sea, try to keep your bouncing eye on the unfolding landscape where misty slopes caress the high altitude plantations kissed by bright blue skies.

No wonder the British sought out these metallic green hill stations as summer resorts. Not only was the vista invigorating and a respite from the heat below, the habit of a refreshing tea break can’t be all that bad. Let’s drink to that.

For more on southern India see http://heathersimondsphotography.com/2013/02/18/on-the-way-to-the-tea-plantations-kerala-india/

 

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