Tuesday, 7 March 2006

Spice and Tea Tour in Kumily

In Kumily (the city next to the national park Peryiar) we decided to use the opportunity to go on a tour of nearby spice gardens and tea plantations. Here are a few pictures of the tour itself - more pictures are coming soon...

Yours truly, at a tea plantation.

Inside a local tea factory. It looked like it had been out of use for centuries, but this was in fact only two weeks after the season ended. Most of the machinery used here was left by the british (who went home in 1947), and at least one machine still in use was more than 120 years old.

Me, Rob and Mike in front of a viewpoint. Not a great picture - the light is a bit weird - but it is the only one I have of me with Rob and Mike. They have now left for Delhi, but we ended up travelling almost a month together. (You can check out their website here: http://www.getjealous.com/robandmike2006 or a site dedicated to Mike's teddy bear: http://www.getjealous.com/getjealous.php?go=Scottybear)

Tamil woman sorting spices in Kumily. This was not part of the tour, and it was not something done for tourists. This is just everyday life in a city so dependent on spice trade.

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