|The Journey from Cochin to Munnar is scenic. Every turn in the road reveals a new treat for the eyes and the senses. Spice and Tea Gardens are laid out throughout the route and occupy hundred and hundreds of acres of the rolling hills. Add to this the beautiful waterfalls and it remains a journey that can never pale or be forgotten. |
On the way one crosses the Matupetty Dam. The lake makes you forget the lake sides of Zurich and the Lake District in England. Matupetty is far more beautiful. The only difference is that we have still not exploited the commercial value of the place without despoiling it.
Munnar itself is a picturesque town perched on the side of a tea clad mountain. Its main attraction is its climate and the scenic view which changes with every minute of the day.
Camp Noel is a resort some 40 kilometers from Munnar. The first 30 kilometers till Top Station winds its way through banks of Flower Gardens, river and Lake views, verdant valleys, waterfalls and the ever present Tea Gardens. The last seven kilometers is an off road journey in a four wheel drive. It t is a roller coaster drive which has you heart in your mouth. Definitely not a journey for the faint hearted.
The end of the journey erases all the misery of the last forty minutes. Emperor Humayun has obviously not been here or he would have revised his opinion of Kashmir being heaven on earth.
Camp Noel is everything a resort should be. The individual cottages are well appointed and are laid out at a distance from one another ensuring your privacy. Each cottage has a Living room, a Dining Room and a Bedroom. Kitchen facilities are provided in each cottage. The log fire place in each Living room is cozy and provides wonderful warmth in the chilly evenings.
The service in the resort is welcoming and there is a smile on every face. The restaurant menu is sizeable and the dishes tasty and in good quantity. The Breakfast offerings are varied and amazingly tasty.
For those who depend on their mobiles, beware. There is no network in the resort though landlines do connect you with the world. There is also free WIFI in the lobby.
What does one do here? There are treks for the adventurous but I recommend that you Relax, Relax and Relax. Keep treating your senses to the beauty of nature as it spreads its arms wide to welcome you.
Camp Noel is a holiday that demands to be repeated.