I have always wondered why tea estates were called tea gardens and during this visit to Munnar I realised why. The undulating greenery on the terraced slopes, swathed in the rolling mist set -amidst winding roads with an occasional gnarled tree or moss covered rock, provide the minimalist contrast of a Japanese rock garden. Yes, now I know why teas estates are called tea gardens.
In the first week of Sept. 2012 three of us from Bangalore drove from Aranmulla in the Pathanmthitta district of Kerala to Munnar thro the Idukki district. This was the final leg our weeks travel through Kerala. It was a route especially chosen, as it took us through the thick jungles and rubber plantations of Idukki district and finally onto the beautiful landscape of Munnar.
As it was still raining intermittently, the overcast skies with occasional glimpses of the sun was a photographer's delight and I have hundreds of images of this road's beautiful landscape. The roads are in a very good condition, though just a two lane width in most places. But the stunning beauty of the verdant, tropical landscapes on either side of the road more than compensate for the minor inconveniences of the road.
For the serious road buff and the avid photographer a drive through the tea gardens of Munnar is a memory to be cherished.
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