Friday, July 28, 2017

India : Munnar, All The Way Up

It was one hell of a journey from Erode to Munnar. It took us 4 different buses and nearly 10 hours (or more I can't really remember) to reach Munnar. The perfect phrase to describe our situation wa "lost in translation". First, we thought it gonna be a smooth sailing after Kavin explained to us in details on how to get to Munnar. From what he said, we only need to take 2 buses and we should be in Munnar in no more than 6 hours.

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After we left from Kavin's wedding, we straight away went to Erode main bus station. Kavin even asked the cab driver to find us a right bus to go to Munnar. We took the first bus going to Tiruppur that cost us only INR24 each. Luckily we all got a seat throughout the journey except for the last bus. That last bus was epic, and we'll get to that.

 It all began in Tiruppur. The confusing and gross part lol. Once we reach Tiruppur, some of us tried to find toilet due to 'almost exploding bladder'. It was hot, so we drank a lot of water and along the journey the road condition wasn't so goo and the bus kept jumping and braking all the time. I'd like to think our urinary bladder as a bottle of carbonated drink (eg: coke). You know what happen when we shake the bottle non-stop and hold it for so long. I hope you get the idea. Then we found a public toilet and it was bizarre. The toilet basically a large cubicle with a size of 20sqft and with a very shallow drainage along the wall. The concept was 'pee where it suits you'. The smell was so terrible my friend even made a joke about it. He said he saw 5 people entered the toilet but only 4 made it out. Maybe the other one died of suffocating. Yeah it was that terrible and I didn't even imagine it would be that bad.But we all managed to come out safely lol.

We asked around about the next bus to Munnar but they said there is no direct bus to Munnar from Tiurppur, and we actually need to take another 3 buses to reach there. WTF right?! First we need to catch bus to Pollachi (INR36) then take another one to Udumalaipet (INR18) and only then we can find a direct bus to Munnar that gonna cost INR71.We arrived in Udumalaipet aeound 7pm and while searching for the bus to Munnar we were told that the last bus of the day to Munnar was about to leave. We ran and we made it on time. What sucks was the journey gonna take around 4 hours (it was a cold one) and the bus was fully packed with people. We were standing (also sleeping while standing) for 3/4 of the journey until we reached at this one stop that only about half an hour away from Munnar. Bear in mind that the route was all hilly and surrounded by jungle (kind of). Oh and at that stop almost all the people hooped off from the bus and we finally got seats!

One of our friends already vomitted several times. The journey was rough. Lots of climbing and sharp corners, and sometimes the bus also brakes so sudden so that the driver could show us bison, elephants,deer and other wildlife animals that can be seen along the route. We finally arrived at our destination around midnight and it was just walking distance to our hotel. We checked in and had a very good night sleep.

The next morning we had our regular tiffin breakfast before we done a tour around Munnar. Munnar is in Kerala territory and one of the India's largest tea growing region. The mountain scenery was magnificent. We rent a jeep for one day tour. It fits 9 of us and cost us INR1500. To take tuk-tuk is cheaper but we need to be divided into 3 so we chose jeep. There was 8 stops altogether. I think first we went to botanical garden. Need to pay for entrance fee but I can't remember how much. We didn't enter jus wandered around taking photos. We also went to tea plantation and there was instant photo printing service. Quite cheap actually. To print your photo with tea plantation background, on the spot, that was nice. After that we went to 2 dams where we met a nice Syrian couple. The tour lasted for half of the day and it actually gets dark pretty early in Munnar. At night we walked around the town to get dinner. Munnar is a nice place to realx and chill. The environment was so calm and not as busy as other town. Down here are some of the photos that I managed to take while I was in Munnar :

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India : Munnar, All The Way Up

It was one hell of a journey from Erode to Munnar. It took us 4 different buses and nearly 10 hours (or more I can't really remember) to...