Ranipuram which stands 750m above sea level is also referred to as the Ooty of Kerala . The drive from Kasaragod takes you via Poinachi to Kundamkuzhy to Ranipuram. The good roads and over cast conditions in the monsoons makes for a perfect early morning drive. The drive dotted with rivers and lush landscapes takes you around an 1hr and 30mins.
Once we get to our starting point, we were warmly greeted by our guide for the day. After a basic check of our supplies like water, sandwiches and salt (for the leaches) we set off to see the Ooty of Kerala. One feels blessed to be surrounded with acres of pristine rainforest such as this . With wind in our sails we approached the steep climb. Our guide was taking us through a shorter but tougher route.