“My favourite thing is to go where I’ve never been.” Diane Arbus
The third destination on our Kerala adventure was Thekkady in The Western Ghats, home to India’s largest wildlife sanctuary, Periyar. Another long drive from Munnar through identical colourful town after colourful town saw us arrive in Kumily, a small market town surrounded by thick green forests and spice gardens.
“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” Ibn Battuta
A good hotel was hard to find in Munnar, surprisingly it seems that top quality properties are not sought after high in the mountains of Kerala’s tea country which I found surprising as there are so many foreign tourists.
“A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.” Mahatma Gandhi
As far as the eye can see, Munnar and the surrounding area is rolling hills of deep green tea plantations, rows and rows of immaculate tea plants in uniform lines that make for the most dramatic scenery.
“Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.” Lawrence Durrell
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Gandhi