In the first part of a two part series, Alistair Crighton gets deep into tea country in the Western Ghat mountains, exploring remote villages … and finding the trail of a mythical big cat. All photographs by Alistair Crighton, more on his Flickr.
“This place was once the capital,” an older local man tells me as I walk through the colourful cluster of buildings tumbling cross a hilltop in the Kerala uplands. “Munnar? It’s pretty small, no?” I reply.