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What Ricefields? Enjoy the Indian Tea Plantations

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What Ricefields? Enjoy the Indian Tea Plantations

I’ve spent 50 days in Kerala, South India, and I was mesmerised with it’s beauty and complexity. But in a certain place, I witnessed and photographed the most beautiful landscapes in my life.

 

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This place is called Munnar, it’s located  1600 meters above sea level, an it’s the place where you can find unending tea plantations, pristine valleys and mountains, wild elephants and exotic species of flora and fauna.

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It’s one of the main places where spices are cultivated in South India, so many times you can feel the scented cool air.

The British rulers from the colonial days were choosing this piece of heaven as their summer favourite summer destination.

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As top attractions, you can enjoy the numerous tea plantations, or fluffy green carpets as I like to call them, waterfalls, the spice and tea markets and factories, you can join a trekking excursion, or you can visit Munnar City.

But this article is about the stunning tea plantations, the green carpets that are spread all over Munnar area.

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The tea here is harvested once in every 8 days, so the female workers are changing location almost every day. But if you are lucky enough, you will see them while driving around the windy roads. And you can stop and socialise, take pictures and enjoy their lovely smiles. . .

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And the the whole scenery is breathtaking, like it’s cropped from a storybook. A photographer’s paradise.

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They will invite you to take part in their activity, keeping them company for a short while. They can’t speak english, but you can see their warmth in their sparkling eyes. I was even invited for a masala chai , drinking directly from their personal pots. When you have this kind of human connection, you have to leave aside your hypochondria.

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I was even invited for lunch at one of the worker’s house. We had a very special connection, giving and receiving smiles and gestures, without being able to put our affection into words.

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And the Munnar Tea Plantations are still authentic, without many tourists, and without the commercial side that it’s usually ruining the natural beauty. It’s maybe because people don’t know exactly how beautiful  this part of India is.

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Driving around Munnar area is a wonderful way to spend a day. And for sunset, you can stop on the side of the road and just be, be present, be grateful, be amazed.

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I fell in love with South India, and I will return for sure as soon as possible. And Munnar is in the top of my itinerary. I already miss the cool scented air, the beautiful people, the breathtaking scenery and the relaxing energy.

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Padmakshi

Padmakshi

I believe in a perfect life, a traveller's life, searching and finding beauty and energy in everything

2 Comments

  • dragos

    daaaaaaa. Munnar-ul e excelent. ai mancat la saravana bhavan dosele alea imense?
    ai reusit sa ajugi si in Ooty sau Connor?

    November 16, 2017 at 7:23 am
    • Padmakshi
      Padmakshi

      da, am mancat:)) genial. Insa La Ooty nu am ajuns

      November 16, 2017 at 5:40 pm

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