The long awaited break came when a friend visited me from her teaching post in China.  She came to Chennai and then we took the bus to and from Pondicherry.  After that, we flew to Kerala.  We didn’t do the typical trip of going on a river house boat, or going down south.  We went for the cool air, the breeze, and to coexist with the beautiful green forest way up on the mountains.  There we took a few hikes, a yoga class, chatted, had a massage played games, and watched some cultural performances.  Maybe it was just what we needed to get a way from the hustle and bustle of the cities both of us had been living in.  One thing for sure, is that I want to get back to Kerala and experience all the other amazing historical offerings and more of the beautiful landscape that makes up this huge state.  The food was good, the people were welcoming, and the air was fresh.

After we landed, it was quite  a journey to make it up the mountain.  We went from desert, through palms and into jungle.


Masonry– everywhere.  There’s nothing like stacked stone walls.  I love the craftsmanship.
I never was never tired of the tall palms.
Finally up in tea and coffee farms!


Our hotel villa had a lovely stained glass window that separated the sleeping area from the sitting area.
High ceilings, a sitting area outside to hear the brook behind the property, and no air conditioning.  We actually didn’t need it.
Bridges were everywhere on the property, taking us to meals, the pool, the game room and spa treatments.


Tiled roofs of villas.  The traditional Kerala tile, which helps maintain a nice temperature for the whole place.
An interesting abstracted map of Vythiri.
Hello friend.  They were everywhere, more pictures to come showcasing the animals, flora and fauna.
We were headed up there! Way up there, even beyond up there.
A view from one of the 9 hairpin turns on the way up.  Can you see the elephant?
Unfortunately with beauty comes waste.  Always a duality in this country.



One thought on “Kerala

  1. It was an incredible trip- relaxing, communing with nature- exactly what we needed! So grateful to have shared it with you!


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