This the the second part of the two part series by Alistair Crighton gets deeper into the Western Ghat mountains, exploring remote villages … and then down to the backwaters and Kochi. All photographs by Alistair Crighton, more on his Flickr.
In a trip marked by stunning excursions through beautiful scenery, the drive from Munnar to Thekkady is one of the best. Over three hours we rise from the tropical coffee country to the cooler, almost alpine tea plantations; through difficult mountain passes and along single track roads along precipitous drops.
Our destination is a new star in the Thekaddy luxury scene, Kofiland Resort. Still in its “soft opening” phase when I visited, the luxury chalet accommodation is set in beautiful landscaped grounds, dominated by a large pond where huge carp gulp at the surface and kingfishers dart down to catch smaller fish from the lush trees on the banks.