Picture taken in the Plapally Rubber Estate Bungalow, before heading back to Cochin.
Scenes from a rubber factory in the Koottickal hills, Kerala.
The pungent tang of latex, combined with dramatic contrasts of light and shade, made our visit strangely powerful.
Emerging for breakfast on the terrace.
Picture taken in Koottickal, Kerala.
I am taking it easy in Koottickal.
Friends from England are visiting and we have taken to the hills.
Anu, my houseboy, accompanies us:
There is much to be said for finding one’s bag unpacked and clothes neatly hanging, just five minutes after arriving at a new destination!
And now I sit looking out across the verandah, while my friends stroll through local rubber plantations.
The musical sounds of gently-spoken, Malayalam chatter trickle down from the tree-house, where Anu and our driver, Solly, relax and enjoy the views.
All is well.