Diane CollinsIndia, 47260, Asia

Trek India And See Spices, Plantations and Hill Stations

Diane CollinsIndia, 47260, Asia
Trek India And See Spices, Plantations and Hill Stations

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.