February 28, 2016
28.02.2016 - 28.02.2016 32 °C
This morning we got a car to take us and our luggage up to the main road to catch a bus. This is much easier than going into Munnar to the bus stand. It takes about 1/2 hour to get in there and then you ride the same way back again to leave town. The buses stop for anyone who sticks their hand out in the appropriate way. So we got on a bus. We thought we needed to go to Ernakulam and then on to Thrissur, but this bus was going to Aluva. A kind English speaking man on the bus explained we could go to Aluva and catch a bus to Thrissur from there, and it would be much shorter and quicker. So away we went. It took about 3 hours to get to Aluva (we'd been told 4 to Ernakulam) and then after about a 15 minute wait, we got on a bus to Thrissur. This bus was almost empty, which was quite a treat for us. It didn't stop very often and got to Thrissur after about 1 1/2 hours. So we saved time and money.
After arriving at our hotel, we were offered a cup of tea, (yes please) and then a little while later, a snack of a rice flour crepe (think lefse) with a filling of shredded fresh coconut with cardamon and sugar. Delicious. We may have to try making these at home. We had them in Sri Lanka (or something very similar) and have had them several times here in Kerala.
The owner of the hotel told us there was a dance performance at the nearby temple tonight. He also suggested a restaurant for us to have supper in - he was assuming after the performance. We hadn't really had much lunch - food we consider edible is pretty hard to come by on the bus - so we went out early and found the restaurant and ate before the performance.
We did not have any idea what kind of dance performance this would be - would it be like the school celebration with little kids? or would it be a competition? It turned out to be two professional dancers, male and female, dancing 6 different dances which interpreted different stories from Hindi scriptures. It was amazing, they danced for 1 1/2 hours with very little interval between dances and expressed so much emotion with such economical hand, head and face movements.