Anyone for tea.?
12.03.2013 35 °C
So after a four hour journey up the mountain, the tea factory tour was only 20 mins long. hahahaha - and we couldn't take pictures inside the factory. Benni, our guide, was supposed to be a right character (according to our group leader). Well he was'n't He seemed dour and serious. I was quite impressed with the process though. The leaves go in, get squished, turn brown, get ground up, then get ground up even finer, then go around in a big barrel for a day (oxidisation) and then come out and are graded by the size of the grains into different bags. The big grains roll down to the bottom bag, while the smaller grains fall through the sieve earlier into different bags. It was all quite clever!
We saw some amazing scenery on the way back down the mountain, lovely big mountains nestled in the clouds and oodles of tea plantations everywhere. We stopped off for a few pics and continued on our 5 hour journey back into Kochi.
We were rushing back to see this ''Dance '' at 6pm so skipped lunch and our mental driver called 'baby' put the foot down. IT started to lash rain and I swear I thought the back of a coach was going to slam into the back of us at one stage. We bumped off a tuk tuk but our driver kept going. Whatev's! We also saw an elephant ridin' high on the back of a truck. I smelt like a hobo by the end of the day. jesus. I don't think I've ever smelt as bad! :D The heat here down south is unbearably humid. Have a shower, go outside, clothes are soakin and drips are running down your back and legs. It is extremely uncomfortable!
I am having terrible trouble trying to upload photos. THe computer here is obviously about to explode as it is whirring it's head off and doing anything on the computer takes yonkers.
Here's some Kerala pics - forgot to mention we stopped off to look at rubber trees along the way to the tea plantation.