Anamudi Shola National Park & Tea Plantation: Photo Gallery


Yesterday, I showed you snippets and photos of the daily lives of the Indians in Kanthalloor.  A couple of pictures there are my favorites because I captured them just doing their daily routine. They didn’t pose or didn’t look like they were bothered I was there. Those are my favorites.

A few minutes away from Kanthalloor where we met a local tribe, our friends took us to one of India’s National Park, Anamudi Shola.  Well, it should only be a few kilometers away but it took us an hour to get there because it was a very bumpy ride as you will see in the pictures below and we hit a big mud puddle.  We weren’t sure how our small 4×4 jeeps can cross it, but after some pushing, we managed to get out of the mud and reach our destination.

 


But once we got out of the puddle and the jungle….check out this view! Yes, please…

 


After we “aaahhh” and “oooohhh” about that view, we proceeded to descent from the mountain and traveled north, but on our way down, we passed by several tea plantations and we saw some tea leaves harvesters.  Of course, we had to stop.

 

Here what the tea plantation looks like
Here what the tea plantation looks like

And the ladies that harvests the tea leaves…

 

I don’t know about you, but I rarely see pictures of the mountains of India. It’s always about the colorful clothes, the overcrowded city New Delhi, the Taj Mahal in Agra or the stink of garbage in Mumbai. I need more of this in my life 🙂

 

I am so grateful that our hosts took us here.  These are parts of India that are hard to get to if you don’t know where you are going, but since they were local, we had the opportunity to see this side of India and was able to interact with a few locals because they were able to interpret for us.  Lesson here: travel with a local if given the opportunity.




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