During one of my fall breaks in India, I visited Munnar and Cochin with two of my teaching colleagues. We stayed at a lovely homestay, the Royal Mist. After experiencing the hustle and bustle of Bangalore, Mumbai, and New Delhi, I was delighted to breathe in the crisp mountain air and enjoy the natural beauty of the State of Kerala which boasts the highest Indian literacy rate- over 90%.
Although off the beaten track, this pristine part of India should not be missed. We stopped at a forest that grew homeopathic products, took numerous hikes, toured a tea plantation, explored a botanical garden, enjoyed a hilarious elephant ride, visited an abundance of waterfalls, and ate delicious homemade breakfasts and dinners prepared by our hostess Jeeva. (see photo gallery for additional pictures) Her husband, Anil, helped us plan our itinerary and arranged for our driver.
The picture on the left is the panoramic view from the nearby hill top. The middle picture was taken at Lakkam falls. The last picture shows the general terrain of endless tea plantations.
Please let me know if you visit Munnar and send my regards to Anil and Jeeva if you stay at the Royal Mist.
The memoir was a finalist in the Travel category for the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the 2013 International Book Awards, and the 2013 National Indie Book Excellence Awards.