Photographer's Note

Kerala - Dawn in Munnar

Situated at around 1.600 metres high in the Western Ghats mountain range Munnar had in the beginning of January an afternoon temperature of about 25°C.
At night, however, the temperature dropped to slightly below freezing.

I was told that this cold night temperature was only the case during a limited number of days per year.
The hotel manager told me also that I was fortunately to have my reservation. The fact that it froze slightly at night was announced through the news in India. On such days, Indians from the south come to Munnar in large numbers. They really love the cold climate.

On my sunrise tour I left the hotel at 6 am.
For me it seemed bitterly cold. Why was it that cold on the few days that I was there? I love a warm climate.

The driver of the hotel brought me to a place a few kilometers further. There was a path to a mountain top where I would see the sun rise over the tea fields. On the other side of the top I could just walk down and from there take another way back to Munnar. Very easy to find, I was assured.

Of course it was not that obvious and there were several other paths on the mountainside. I sometimes had to guess which way was the right one. Just two times I was able to find someone I could ask for directions.

The sunrise itself wasn’t a big deal. However, it became very beautiful afterwards when the sunrays coloured the tea plantations.

The funny thing was that during the ride in the dark the driver excitedly pointed out places with frost on the grass and the vegetation telling me ‘Look there: snow’.
This kind of weather was very unusual for him. I said it wasn’t snow but frost. But he didn’t know frost. For him the white spots certainly were snow.
And I was hoping to feel the warm sunshine soon :)

I still have dozens of photos of the tea plantations in all shapes and on all sorts of hills but too much will probably be boring.

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5779 W: 18 N: 13932] (55593)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2019-01-04
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: 1/21 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2019-08-11 12:38
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Points: 46
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