Setting the scene for the BOP
10 May 2013
The tribal area of Kolli Hills is located in the center part of the state of Tamil Nadu. It is roughly a two hour car travel away and a lot more if relying on public transportation from any town of meaningful size and services. The first hour of the journey is through picturesque agricultural landscape with lush tropical vegetation, palm groves and water buffaloes grazing lazily around. In the second hour, the road starts to coil through total of 70 hairpins up to the hill and finally reaches an altitude of 1000 meters above the sea level. During the ascend, vegetation adjusts to the noticeably cooler hill climate and abundant monkeys are approaching vehicles in a hope of getting food, which in fact many people are throwing out from the windows to them. According to the driver it is both for amusement and to provide good luck.