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Navamalai

This is a very small village in the Kottayam District of Tamil Nadu and has a tragic history of exploitation of natural resources. You will still find this place comparatively greener than many other villages in spite of such careless acts of mankind. However, people of this place have become much more concious now and care a lot more about their natural heritage than they used to a few years ago. The hydroelectric Power Plant known as the Aliyar Power Plant is a big tourist attraction here.
Yogesh Karikurve
The drive from the airport to the Navmalai forest (near Polachi- Tamil Nadu) was surprisingly laced with well maintained roads. Though initially packed with parked tourist cars, the drive suddenly became surreal when the ‘reserved zone’ of the forest started and the human population gave way to the greener species. The lake surrounded by the hills and sparsely interspersed with trees was a sight to behold. Soon we were transported to a hidden clearing in the forest where the under construction tree house was dwarfed by the surrounding palm trees. After examining the status of the construction, we ventured in the forest to check out the stream and waterfalls, led by the site workers. An amazingly surreal sight awaited us- the water from the stream flowed in to a lake and then flowed down again transforming itself in to a small waterfalls int he process and cascading beautifully like a serpent on a slippery surface. The interwoven trees and the landscape was straight out of the movie -Avataar. The ecosystem of the nature at its best unfolded in front of us. Every tree was a part of the symphony while the stream played music and silence was a spectator. We were awestruck by the magnificent ambience and it didn’t take us long to strip to our bare necessities and jump in to the water like kindergarten kids. After almost two hours of playing with the water and the rocks and several pictures later, we finally drove back to the concrete jungle reluctantly. Even in my wildest dreams I hadn’t seen such wilderness and I am still under the effect of mother nature !