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Blackberry Hills - a tranquil eco resort in Munnar

Posted on April 25, 2020 by Toothpicker

 
I was due to leave India for Hong Kong after the Aranya conference at the end of February, but at the time, COVID-19 was starting to spread in Hong Kong, hence I decided to prolong my trip at the last minute. Luckily, the airline did not charge me for the change due [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Nature, Eco living & sustainability, India, Kerala and was tagged with architecture, walks, nature, eco living, India, sustainability, Kerala, plants, Munnar, tea plantations, Blackberry Hills eco resort


Two-day natural dyeing workshops at Aranya Natural, Munnar

Posted on April 22, 2020 by Toothpicker

 
The first two days of "The sustainability of natural dyes" conference took place at Eastend hotel in Munnar, followed by two days of natural dyeing workshops (at an extra cost) at Aranya Natural's HQ. Due to limited numbers, all the spaces for the workshops filled up quickly, but many conference attendees requested [...]

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Aranya Natural & Athulya at Srishti Welfare Centre in Munnar

Posted on April 20, 2020 by Toothpicker

 
Before visiting Munnar, I was not aware of the health issues related to tea plantation workers in India. Often foreign media would focus on the working conditions of garment factory workers, yet the problems related to tea plantation workers (primarily female) are largely ignored. Although they are not stuck inside cramped factories [...]

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Aranya Natural's "The sustainability of natural dyes" conference in Munnar

Posted on April 18, 2020 by Toothpicker

 
The purpose of my trip to India in February was to attend a natural dyeing conference. And it took place before COVID-19 changed our lives. Aranya Natural is a natural dyeing organisation under Srishti Trust in Munnar, supported by TATA Global Beverages Limited, which runs programs for the education training and rehabilitation [...]

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Munnar: Greenland spice & Ayurvedic garden

Posted on April 14, 2020 by Toothpicker

 
Munnar is not only famous for tea, you can also find abundance of spices here, and prices are much cheaper than Kochi. I asked the driver to take me to a spice garden, and he said he knew just the place. Greenland spice and ayurvedic garden is located in Thekkady, and it [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Travel, Nature, Eco living & sustainability, Gardens & parks, India, Kerala and was tagged with Food & dining, nature, eco living, gardens, India, sustainability, Kerala, wild foods, plants, Munnar, spice garden, spices, ayurveda


Munnar: KFDC Floriculture Centre & tea museum

Posted on April 11, 2020 by Toothpicker

 
In Munnar, there are many botanical gardens, and KFDC Floriculture Centre/Munnar rose garden is one of them. Run by Kerala Forest Developerment Centre, KFDC Floriculture Centre is built on a hill slope, and has a nice view of the nearby tea planation. I think the term 'floriculture centre' is appropriate because it [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Gardens & parks, India, Kerala and was tagged with nature, India, botanical gardens, Kerala, Munnar, tea, tea museum


Kerala's picturesque Hill station: Munnar

Posted on April 8, 2020 by Toothpicker

A view from the Top station in Munnar
 
Situated 1,600 metres (5,200 ft) above sea leverl, Munnar is a famous hill station in Kerala, and known as the 'Kashmir of South India'. It is not only popular with foreign tourists but also with the locals. From 1880 onwards, Munnar flourished as a tea-producing region [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Travel, Nature, India, Kerala and was tagged with Food & dining, nature, trees, Kerala, Munnar, tea plantations


Kerala Folklore Museum in Kochi

Posted on April 5, 2020 by Toothpicker

 
 
When I was doing my research on Kochi before my trip, I wasn't too bothered about visiting the main attractions, but one museum was written on my to-go list. If you are interested in architecture, ethnology, history, folk arts and crafts, then don't forgo the Kerala Folklore Museum.
Upon arrival, you are [...]

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Broadway and Ernakulam market in Kochi

Posted on April 3, 2020 by Toothpicker

 
I love visiting local food markets when I travel, so I asked my homestay host to recommend one. She recommended Broadway and Ernakulam market, where there are fresh fruits and vegetable stalls, as well as shops selling spices, fashion, fabrics, and homeware etc. I took a ferry from Vypin island to Ernakulam [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Photography, Shopping, Travel, Markets, Street life, India, Kerala and was tagged with Food & dining, shopping, Food markets, street life, India, Kerala, Kochi


Cooking & homestay on Vypin Island, Kochi

Posted on March 30, 2020 by Toothpicker

Chinese fishing nets at Vypin Island
 
I think the rise of Airbnb has contributed to how we travel these days. Now even traditional b & b and homestay have opted to list their accommodations on Airbnb to increase competitiveness. I have had both positive and negative experiences using Airbnb, and the negative experiences [...]

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