A trip to nature should start from a city.That will give a continuous transition to a picture that shows how dangerous we are to ourselves by destroying every pillars of life. Every human being finds an excuse to forget why earth is only planet which preserves life on this infinitely vast universe. Here I am at Aluva, an extension to the metro city Kochi, in Ernakulam district of Kerala,on my way to Munnar, a beautiful hill station. It is about 4 hrs travel from here and I got the 7.30 bus in the morning. This bus is a shit hole. Sun started heating up the soil and water but the light at this time is energising my soul. Despite of little raining in evening, days are hot. I am running at an average speed of 50Km towards my hills.
Bus suddenly stopped and I'm up from sleep and everyone rushing out so do I. Conductor is looking at me with a smile and said it's valley township of Munnar, called Adimali. It's 10am and we have another one and a half hour travel ahead. Bus is moving or actually climbing and I can see hills kissing clouds high above me. It's been around an hour and fog is coming like smoke from old steam engine and visibility is zero and sudden change of temperature to very low, it is a wonderful change of climate. Still climbing up and surprisingly climate is changing to sunny and hot ! I can see the plantations on sides of the hills. Now it's 11.30 am and I'm at Munnar. I should never had any expectations about this place . It was like a heaven last time I visited this place; cold wind , fog all over even in summer but it was 13 years ago. I visited here 13 years ago on a study trip just before summer holidays from my school. Now it is a growing city, busy with people and vehicles, damn hot too. I must leave tomorrow.
I don't have time to visit near by tourist places as I need to reach Kodaikanal by tomorrow evening where my friend Arjun will be waiting for me. Munnar is surrounded by so many tourist destinations like Rajagiri. I am not going there because I have a beautiful picture of Rajagiri in my mind which I never want to replace as happened in Munnar town, instead walking all around Munnar town will be less time consuming. Munnar township is not very large but very small and congested. Most irritating thing is electric lines which always cut my landscape photos into several pieces. Mostly selling things are home made chocolates,spices,tea,coffee, handicrafts and also Tamil Nadu and Kerala style food. Township consist of a church,a mosque, hospital,market, bus station,post office, plantations of tea, coffee and coco, also an engineering college one kilometre away from main town. A river is dividing the town into two and I found a bridge across it which made at 1944 and named after Winston Churchill, former prime minister of Britain, And a new bridge next to that. Tomorrow morning I will leave the town and go to Theni, Tamil Nadu. If anyone have a plan to visit Munnar, then I suggest to find atleast 3 days to stay here and visit nearby tourist spots. Google have all the details and Google map is working better here.