On Wednesday we arose at 5am in time for the start of the cold buffet breakfast at 5.30, check-out at 6.00, and the drive to Munnar via the Kodanad elephant sanctuary to watch bathing at 7.30. After that it was on to our next hotel for two nights, the Fort Munnar Hill Station Hotel, (www.fortmunnar.com), in the hills, 22km through town. The first section of our journey, as we started to climb, was narrow road, surrounded by tropical vegitation. We passed through spice plantations, calling at one to buy. As we drove higher, the road became unmetalled, single track in places, and with indicated sheer drops of 1500ft as we wound up the mountain. Then we arrived at the town itself, driving on into valleys planted with tea as far as the eye could see, like vast green mosaics. The hotel is at the head of one such valley, and our room looks over it. At dusk wild elephants come in from the shade of the forest to graze. Today our driver will collect us at 9am, guide in tow, for a visit to a tea plantation, the National Park and the Mattupetty Dam. This place kind of has a feel of the English Lake District to it, and is where your Tetley tea comes from.