Munar: A hill station

In India, no trip is shorter than six hours, despite optimistic estimates by local transit officials and your own seemingly informed cartographic calculations. Six hours is the common denominator, the basic unit of measure. It took us six hours up the Western Ghats to get to the Munar, a hill station nearly on the border with Tamil Nadu famous for its tea plantations. The carpeted landscape of tea patchworks interrupted by clusters of eucalyptus felt very un-Indian, but then again, it was like nothing we had ever seen before, a combination of Alpine highland and Colombian mesa. During our last hike along the ridge, it seemed as if we were completely alone, just houses in the distance and occasional elephant droppings caking away in the sun to remind us that we weren’t. We left Munar in the morning by bus to Madurai. It took us a little over six hours.

our guest house

tea

fatty fried things in town

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new friend

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eucalyptus

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the Western Ghats

tea

and down to Tamil Nadu with a filmi blasting away

Tamilian plateau meets the ghats

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