''There is nothing like the joy of hitch-hiking, not even a confirmed Konkan Kanya ticket or a window seat in a Virar local." My Second Solo Trip to Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala:There were reports of floods and landslides almost everywhere in the southern parts of Kerala. High alerts were issued in the entire zone including Munnar. Fortunately, it hadn't rained since morning but heavy rains in the past few days had washed away the bridge connecting Munnar and Chinnar.
1. Chinnar wildlife sanctuaryChinnar wildlife sanctuary is the home for giant squirrels, indian gaurs, langurs and many species of birds. These hill roads were the deadliest ones I've ever ridden in my life. It was steep and narrow. It was at intense heat and drought due to summer.
On the road we pass through the Chinnar Wildlife sanctuary, home to a variety of bird. We saw peacocks as the dusk was setting in and by the time the sun glistened red hot on the horizon we were in Annamalai Tiger reserve and Periyar National Park.
Till Udumalaippettai, the Tamil Nadu heat was boiling us from inside. The moment we entered the Western Ghats section, the view and the soothing temperature gave this travel a whole new meaning. The temperature kept on dropping as we ascended. We started to feel the chill in the weather as soon as we crossed Anamalai and entered Chinnar Forest area. It was already raining heavily in Munnar (some 80 kilometres away) and dark clouds engulfed the distant mountain ranges. Drizzling rain and Cold breeze refreshed our souls as we ascended towards Marayoor.
The Kerala Forest Development Corporation (KFDC), offers a daily excursion to KFDC Flower Garden, Rajamalai (Eravikulam), the Lakkom Waterfalls, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, a visit to the Interpretation Centre Karimutty, Marayoor Sandal Division, the Alampetty Caves and Dolmens, and the Tea Museum. The trip is in an air-conditioned minibus, priced at Rs. 1,200, and includes all entrance fees plus mineral water, a memento, tea and snacks at Lakkom Waterfalls and Alampetty, with lunch at Chinnar. The trip is to be booked in advance with a non-refundable deposit of Rs. 500 per person. A minimum of 10 persons is required for this excursion to operate.