March 07, 2018

Exuding splendour with all its might, Munnar is etched in the writer’s mind with every single mile
lending a unique high.

Of all the tourist places that I have visited so far, the trip to Munnar, the hill station in Kerala, is etched in my mind forever. Munnar bears a breathtakingly beautiful testimony to the adage: ‘God’s own country’. Located at a height of about 1600 metres above mean sea level, it is a portion of the Western Ghats that lies south of the Palakkad Gap.

Munnar’s accessibility has become easier over the years with rail and road connectivity improving as a result of growing popularity among tourists. Like many places in India Munnar’s spelling does not tell you quite exactly how it should be pronounced. As I got to know later from the locals, it is pronounced as “moon-aar” which means the land of three rivers in Malayalam. At the outset of my trip, I was clear about making this journey by road given the fact that getting to Munnar anyway requires some amount of driving no matter how you approached the place. It is well connected by road, rail and air. The nearest airport and the rail head is in Kochi, which is 130 km away from Munnar – a two hour drive.

After an amazing bike ride of seven hours, I arrived in Munnar and went to a lovely place next to the Ponmudi
reservoir in Rajakkad, where my accommodation had been booked. However, I just had enough energy
to have dinner and retire for the day. The next day, I got ready for a sumptuous breakfast with a stunning
view of the reservoir. My first stop was the Attukad Falls at Pallivasal.

The entirety of the spectacle, misty hill tops, tea estates on the slopes and the water gushing through so many different angles proved to be impossible to capture in a single still picture. I was completely captivated as I lingered languidly while having hot tea and fried savouries at an eatery just by the falls.

After gloating over the gorgeousness of our planet, I left Attukad Falls with an extreme eagerness to explore out
more. After lunch, I headed to the Kanan Devan Tea Museum where I learned how tea leaves are plucked
and then either steamed and dried into green tea or cut, oxidised and shaken into various grades of black
tea ranging from leafy to dusty. It was an interesting site that emanated the essence of tea, from the lecture
and videos on tea to the various exhibits, all illustrating the making of the favoured beverage. After having
purchased some tea and spices, I returned to my stay. I then stopped over at the Kallimali viewpoint near
the resort to admire the Ponmudi reservoir from another angle.

The next morning, I set forth to return home and as I reached the state border to enter Tamil Nadu, I realised that the while the trip definitely confirmed the beauty of the planet we live on, we often live in our made up worlds, running on the seemingly ever-accelerating treadmill of our routines. At a height of 3,500ft and with the company of clouds, the only sound I had heard was my heartbeat. Not all those who wander are lost; Munnar is the earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.

I cannot change the direction of wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination...Sometimes it's the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination and all you need is the courage to press on it...Thus, my journey will be continued.

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