Another chance to visit India, and no disappointment. What a lovely holiday, really lives up to its title! The spices grow deep in the forest – cloves, cardamom, vanilla and much more – and we were given fragrant vanilla pods by a villager and taught to shoot bows and arrows by another. Vast tea plantations at Munnar provide the light tea I much prefer and the Hill Stations are fascinating.
The walking was much in forested areas with (to me) interesting trees and ground cover plants. One day I found it hard; the local leader hailed a passing motorcyclist when we reached a (very rough!!) road and I was put on his pillion to the bus! We did catch on a stone and descended to the ground but very elegantly and no harm done. I took the next day off and attended a wedding in the Old British Church in Kodaikanal – so similar yet so different – before visiting the local park and sightseeing path – but I saw no sights, as there was so much mist! Granted, though, we were at 2000 metres.
Here, there were lots more aromatic spice shops to tempt passers-by, so my memories are on-going when I grate the nutmeg, sniff the vanilla pod or taste the tea from hill station Munnar.