Munnar is quite an attractive and busy town, situated in the mountains of Kerala. It’s surrounded by tea estates, through which our group walked on several days.
There’s something uplifting about walking through tea plantations. There’s a certain peacefulness, and while the scenery was not as dramatic as in north India, there are many expansive viewpoints in the Kerala mountains.
In the background of the photo above is Meesapulima Peak (2630m), which the group climed on day 5.
The group walked through the Kanan Devan tea estate. While the quality of tea produced in Kerala tends not to be as high as, for example, Darjeeling or Sri Lanka, the packets of lemon and masala tea we bought have proved to be really tasty and thirst-quenching.
To get from place to place we sometimes used Jeeps.
The tea estate workers were provided with basic, free accommodation by the founders of the estate, along with medical treatment and primary schools. This continues today, but one wonders what the future is for such work, as mobile phones and TVs bring the wider world to the fingertips of children who grow up in these villages.