Mar 15, 2009
Jun 15, 2009
The 4 hour bus ride from Cochin developed into a 6 hour journey as we headed east in a rickety bus into the mountainous region of the Western Ghats. I was moving with Asa, Laura & Jay, some good girls that I met on the bus. Due to the temperature difference at the higher altitude we drove into a beast of a storm, with heavy thunder & lightening that eventually struck a big tree just up ahead and brought it crashing down smack bang in the middle of the road blocking both lanes. All the guys piled out into the torrential rain, most of the younger guys wearing plastic bags on their heads to protect their hair styles, and with the help of one guy with a stone age axe began hacking away at the massive tree, which was a bit optimistic considering it must have weighed about 50 tonnes. Eventually a bulldozer turned up and helped out and we were back on our way after about 5 or 6 Indian guys had had their photo taken with me "the token whitey with blonde hair". Arrived in Munnar Valley and explored the tea plantations and took an early morning trek up a mountain during sun rise, reaching the summit at about 10:00am for breakfast.