Monday, June 12, 2017

MUNNAR - VISIT

31st May - 2nd June 2017




We wanted to utilize 2 nights/3 days holiday offer from Country Club. We booked for a hotel and it was Ayur County Resort, 22 km from Munnar Town, on the way to Thekkady.




Having left from Wayanad, 30th night at 10.30 pm in a KSRTC bus, reached Munnar town at 7.30 am, a distance of 370 km. The taxi and Jeep drivers were behind us to book for hotel. We chose a jeep driver StephanRaj to take us to AyurCounty Resort. He also showed us to Sharavana Bhavan to have breakfast, which we sincerely agreed to. After breakfast, he took us through beautiful picture book, sprawling tea plantations and winding roads to the resort, which was excellent. We checked in, relaxed and in afternoon, enjoyed the beautiful surroundings and the pleasant weather.






Next day 1st June, we booked a taxi for sightseeing around Munnar for the whole day for Rs 2000/- and left the resort at 9.30 am. After breakfast again at Saravana Bhavana, proceeded to Kallar falls and spent some time. From there, next stop was at Kerala Spice Farm, on the hills. It's massive organization with a aggressive marketing team. The moment visitors stop on the roadside, we are taken in a jeep down the hill with a guide for a Fee of Rs100.00 per person.





PURCHASED ITEM
The lady took us round the farm, giving explanation and uses of plants and its medicinal value. Actually it is marketing strategy. After an hour of touring round the farm, we are taken again in the jeep to shop selling ayurvedic medicine using those plants and invariably visitors end up in buying fairly good amount of stuff.





After returning to Munnar and having lunch at Sangeetha Restaurant, proceeded towards Metupatty side for dam, Honeycomb tree, elephant ride, wild elephants area, shooting spot, boating area, echo point and rose garden. It was 6 pm when finished our sightseeing and returned to resort by 7 pm.

It was a day well spent seeing various venues in cool and pleasant weather.





Next morning we checked out from the resort, came to Munnar by local bus, had lunch and took KSRTC bus to ALUVA, a distance of 110 km and reached at 5.30 pm to catch train at 9 pm, taking us back to Bengaluru.

Next morning at 8 am we were at Bengaluru Contonment station, where Rishi with Seena came to pick us up and back home after breakfast.

written 12th June 2017


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