06-09 October 2019
India’s 1,600-km-long Western Ghats, a mountain chain that has forests older than those in the Himalayas, is World Heritage as one of the world’s eight “hottest hotspots” of biological diversity.
It’s about a 3½ hour drive from Kochi up into the mountains to Vanilla County, a 75 year-old Heritage Plantation House where we relaxed for 3 days. We thought there would be nothing to do but walks, visits to nearby villages and sights and of course eating easily filled in the time.
Crickets and frogs calls were all that disturbed the nights.