Once again all packed up and ready to leave, this time it’s goodbye to Green Spaces and Munnar. We are sad to leave as this is a truly beautiful place. Mr L, with the help of Green Spaces, finally managed to get us a telephone reservation on the Kyros Connects coach that would bring us back to Fort Cochin. All previous efforts at trying to book online had failed miserably.
We had time this morning for a quick 2 mile stroll up and down a few hills to take a final look at the beautiful scenery and the cardamom plantations and spot poinsettia plants growing in a garden.
This poinsettias looks as sad as the remnants of the Christmas one at home!
We got back to Green Spaces just as the rain started. Thunder, lightening and heavy rain which fortunately stopped before we had to leave. The tuk-tuk booked for 14.00 arrived promptly and delivered us to a random car park just outside Munnar town centre. Our tuk-tuk driver checked at the entrance kiosk and assured us that this was where we needed to be. He left, the thunderstorm recommenced, and Mr L, me and our luggage sheltered as best we could under an awning and kept fairly dry. The Kyros Connects coach duly arrived and it was soon time to board. Unfortunately the coach parked at the opposite end of the car park. I made a dash for it and got absolutely drenched, Mr L was more patient and waited until the storm had eased a bit before making his dash. Wise move as he was considerably less wet than me!
Kyros Connects provided an excellent service in a comfortable air-conditioned coach with a very good driver. Sadly the bad weather continued for the whole 2 hours it took to get out of the mountains so we really didn’t see much of the view. Once we got to the towns and more built up areas the traffic was steady and slow at times. We finally got to Fort Cochin at 19.30 where we were dropped on the edge of town……a bit random…..but the coach driver hailed us a tuk-tuk and we were soon at our accommodation for the next 2 nights – Raintree Lodge. Mr L and I were very impressed with Kyros Connects which provides a link between Munnar and Cochin (132km) for 350IR (£4.32) per person. It is a new privately managed coach service that only started in January 2017, but which appears to have not quite sorted recognisable pick up and drop off places as it clearly does not have access to the government subsidised public bus and coach service depots.
We have checked in to Raintree Lodge, our room is spacious with a nice looking bathroom and hot water – yay!! Dinner was a short walk away at our favourite Sutra before heading back to bed with the alarm set for 7.30 tomorrow morning for a full final day of holiday.
We are now back to the warmer climes of the earlier part of the holiday with evening temperatures of 25c. We don’t feel cold here!