After wandering about in the sylvan efflorescence of Thekkady, the bloggers were at Munnar, up the winding roads, amidst the beautiful tea plantations.
A tribute to the legendary tea plantations and the tea industry that flourished in the hill range of Kerala, is the tea museum opened by Tata Tea. For the love of tea, this place saves up interesting pictures and machineries, from each of those points that marked the tea industry making fresh waves in Kerala. The bloggers spotted things of antiquity and wonder, like include the original tea roller, the 'Rotorvane,' dating back to 1905, used for CTC type tea processing; the 'Pelton Wheel' used in the power generation plant that existed in the Kanniamallay Estate in the 1920s; a rail engine wheel of the Kundale Valley Light Railway that shuttled men and material between Munnar and Top Station during the first half of the last century, and many more.
The beauty of Munnar is mesmerising. All you see are green blankets under a blue veil of expansive sky, and there's only you left with wonderment between the two.
It was after their tryst with the backwaters and kayaking in scenic Kerala, that the bloggers group landed in Thekkady. They seem to have been mighty impressed with calm waters of Kerala, for many of them have been posting innumerable pictures of their new-found waterborne adventures!
At Thekkady, they were treated to some of the best cultural experiences that Kerala endorsed—a show of the martial arts, Kalaripayattu and Thiruvathirakali, a popular festival dance.
They were at the Periyar Tiger Reserve for the day before heading to Munnar. The wilderness and the water made a deadly combo as the writer's group took a boat ride through the reserve watching out for tigers, bisons and other inhabitants of the land.
And some of them did get lucky when it came to petting some of the woodland beauties!
And all the while fun is becoming an indispensable factor in their journey. The camaraderie seems to have contributed to the general merry-making quite a lot. Exhibitae!
If it was mounting an elephant that was fun for one, it was washing an elephant for another. Trying to get a feel of everything being their motto, they didn't miss a chance to try and get more whacky with their idea of fun! Watch one of the bloggers scrubbing one of the gentle giants clean!
And while the fun continued, 'the green geekette' kept up with her very different worldview of things, be it showcasing a 'tuk tuk', the serene backwaters or beauty around the Periyar wildlife sanctuary!
The Blg Express, a luxury bus, has on board 30 travel bloggers from across the globe travelling from the southern tip to the Northern end of Kerala. A Kerala Tourism initiative, this is a one-of-a-kind campaign to promote tourism in the state.