The splendour of the blue mountains, the swooning beauty of the sea of blue buds beneath and the airy blue above....drowning in all the beautiful blues
In another half an hour I drove into the bustling Adimali town on the foothills of the Western Ghats. I settled for an early lunch in one of the smaller hotels for a simple fare of fish curry meals. The food in these wayside restaurants are much cheaper and fresher than the more exotic fare found in the bigger hotels, and therefore when I travel I prefer to eat in the smaller dhabas . Moreover, it also contributes to a more equitable and responsible tourism development were the ordinary men and women tend to benefit from the inflow of tourists into a particular region. After tucking in the delicious aviyal (a mixed vegetable dish in a ground coconut base and a signature fare of the traditional Kerala meal) and the crisply fried Mackeral and the other regular dishes, I resumed my journey. The drive now had become exhilarating as the terrain changed to hilly areas with cardamom, pepper and coffee plantations. The characteristic spice-scented air of the High Ranges of Kerala made me feel all fresh and buoyant.
The breeze was cooler and the uphill drive exhilarating. Soon tea gardens started appearing, and the hills became decked in a velvety carpet of luscious green. The road became narrower as it crested wave after wave of green. I had booked into a resort at Pothamedu which is just before Munnar town. One has to cross a narrow bridge to the right and then ascent up narrow winding roads. I wondered whether the low ground clearance of my Honda City would make it on these roads which were getting rough and tumble by the minute.
Turning a corner I saw up ahead the Pothamedu Viewpoint. This point offers one of the most delightful views from Munnar. It was a bright day but wisps of clouds floated by and I felt I could touch them. It was too early for a sunset but when the sun hid behind the clouds the entire valley became a portrait etched in serenity.
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