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Dec 28, 2011 - Kodaikanal

I was really cold this morning (went and bought socks haha) - drove over Princess Hills to get from Ooty to Kodai it was lovely but bonkers, small roads, big mountains and mental Indian drives don't mix...... When we stopped for breakfast today I went to the loo, now most of the time you get squat toilets but there was a western style one but it was disgusting so I thought because I was becoming an expert at the 'squat toilet balancing act' (trying to touch nothing, keep your trousers off the floor, and keep your bag round your head) I...

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Feb 25, 2009 - Kodaikanal

Ready to embrace adventure again I took the bus from Madurai up to Kodaikanal, a hill station in the Western Ghats. At 2000m it took me out of the overwhelming heat and up into cool, fresh air. So wonderful to actually need to wear a cardigan again! The scenary on the ride up here really is spectacular and had me captivated the whole way. Kodai itself it a little town beside a lake set against forested mountains. I'm in my element up here. There is no hassle from street sellers at all here. Lots of little Tibetan handicraft shops and...

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Indonesia and India

Feb 10, 2008 - Kodaikanal - A week on a hill station

We met up with Shaku and she showed us the house. We decided then and there to stay and relax for a week. The house is a modern two bedroom/two bath complete with a housekeeper who tends to the house from 9-5. She was a really nice girl. Each day she would wash the dishes, clean the house, and wash our laundry along with other chores around the house. I will have to say that by now I am really starting to get used to having a housekeeper. It reminded me very much of our second stay on Gili Air. The house is about 2.5 km straight uphill from...

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Dec 4, 2007 - Bus Incident & Kodaikanal

Kodai Its freezing here! We've only been in Kodai an afternoon so far, but its bloody cold! The clouds moved in and out all afternoon, but the night is clear. We're finally in Kodai. It only took us one ferry ride, 3 buses, 300km and 18 hours of traveling to finally get here! God bless the Indian travel systems! There's only one fun incident of note during our buses up to this hill station in the new state of Tamil Nadu. Brett and I have been taking buses for 3 months now. We generally know how they work, how much things cost, and how long...

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Jan 16, 2007 - Great fun as long as we don't die (Matt)

We slept in until 8AM today, getting some much needed rest before our bus trip to Munnar. We head down to our guesthouse resturant to discover it would be opening late. Sadly, Laura couldn't get her peanut butter and toast; she had to settle for dosas next door instead. Despite a packed restaurant and very slow service, we had our breakfast finished and our bags rolling down the road shortly after 9AM. An autorickshaw ride into town got us there in time to catch an earlier bus than we'd planned (this time we ignored the offers to organize a...

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Dec 14, 2006 - Camper than a row of tents!

On the (supposedly) last night in Fort Cochin we went to see a Kathakali performance. Kathakali (story play) is a traditional dance that originated around the same time as Shakespeare and is meant to go on from 8pm until sunrise. The dancers who train for six years have elaborate costumes and (much) exaggerated gestures. They even put special seeds in their eyes so that they go red. The demon was quite scary and had big fangs that somehow kept appearing from it's mouth. It was exceptionally camp but totally fabulous; I really liked it and...

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If not now, when?

Nov 28, 2006 - Munnar

Munnar is a tea plantation town 1600 metres above sea level in the Western Ghats of Kerala. It looks like a strange mix between the English countryside and the Scottish highlands with every hill covered by the deep green shades of tea plants. We spent the day touring a tea factory and walking the hills between the rows of tea. The new leaves can be cut from the tea bushes every five to ten days, a job only ever performed by women. It's backbreaking work yet they all smiled at us and said hello as we walked past.

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Aug 15, 2006 - Munnar

FELICITATS A LES MARIES!! Be, hem arribat a Munnar, un poble a 1800 m d'alcada, on tambe plou molt (i es que el Monzon no perdona!). La veritat es que es un poble molt maco, amb totes les muntanyes plenes de plantacions de te, i quan diem plenes, volem dir que semblen com estores de plantes de te, totes perfectament anivellades que semblen com un puzle. Les vistes son xulissimes. A veure si podem posar alguna foto aviat perque valen la pena. Tambe tenen plantacions de cafe, pebre i cacao, i per aixo fan tambe unes xocolates que son.......

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Aquest any India

Apr 6, 2006 - Hill Station

Saturday, 2 April Wimp me? Never! I looked up more info on Kodaikannal, the Hill Station, in Lonely Planet and it sounded so cool and nice that I decided to get myself together and go if I could get specific information out of Neela. It took me until 9.40 a.m. on Saturday morning to get her to give me the info and had to leave for bus at 10.15! Hastily threw stuff in bag and booked room and she sent the caretaker to the bus stop with me - just as well as it didn't go from time and place that she had said and we had to walk half a mile up...

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Olivia in India 2006

Mar 27, 2006 - Ghandigram and the Adoption Centre

22 March Had good night's sleep and woken at 8.00 a.m. (v civilised!) with cup of tea and newspaper. Children off to school so went to look round rest of Trust site with Neela. They grow medicinal plants/plants for natural dyes as well as dying and making saris (1000 rupees each which is a fortune out here). There is an old folk's home where several old ladies share v basic rooms and look after themselves - difficult to explain McArthy and Stone after that. Introduced to lots of professional people and experts but not much activity going...

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Olivia in India 2006

Mar 12, 2006 - Munnar

To escape the heat we head for the hills, to the Munnar tea estates. We spend a few days walking through the tea and cardomom plantations, reading, enjoying the great company and delicious cooking demonstrations. On our way down we stopped at a government elephant training camp, where they teach the elephants to work in the forest. We watched them taking a bath in the river and even got to join in, scrubbing them down with coconut husks.

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Feb 22, 2006 - Tea Time in Munnar.

For a guy who hasn't cashed a paycheck in quite sometime, I've been putting in a lot of work lately. From the paradise that was Fort Cochi, I hopped one of those death-defying Indian buses that if not growing to love, I've at least made my peace with. Blind curve? No problem, just lay on the horn, praise Shiva, close eyes, step on it and hope that some equally demented joker isn't doing the same on the downhill leg. All typically goes along with no more than a skipped heartbeat or two, though on this particular journey our driver made like...

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