Thekkady in Idukki - Hilly, but #notinnorth !

Tripoto
Day 1

Mystic misty mountains in Periyar Tiger Reserve, the neighbor to Thekkady & Kumily

Photo of Thekkady, Kerala, India by open durbar

Bustling yet quaint - not may places can claim both adjectives with equal measure! Thekkady, accessible by air from Kochi (200 km) or Madurai (140 km) and over land from Kottayam (100-odd km by rail or road), does so with aplomb! Check out this hill station that is #notinnorth !

Believe it or not, that tiny group of buildings is Sabarimala, recently in the news for all the wrong reasons, unfortunately

Photo of Thekkady in Idukki - Hilly, but #notinnorth ! by open durbar

Panorama of a clear morning over Periyar

Photo of Thekkady in Idukki - Hilly, but #notinnorth ! by open durbar

The lake formed by the Gavi Dam, which is used for leisure boating & birdwatching

Photo of Thekkady in Idukki - Hilly, but #notinnorth ! by open durbar

The entrance to a wealth of wildlife

Photo of Thekkady in Idukki - Hilly, but #notinnorth ! by open durbar

Bison spotted! I wonder why it was alone, wherever it may roam, to paraphrase Metallica

Photo of Thekkady in Idukki - Hilly, but #notinnorth ! by open durbar

Wildlife conservation is serious business

Photo of Thekkady in Idukki - Hilly, but #notinnorth ! by open durbar

An old cinnamon tree reaches skyward, perhaps seeking salvation

Photo of Thekkady in Idukki - Hilly, but #notinnorth ! by open durbar

Raamba the elephant knocks one's breath out of the lungs with spectacular splashes from his trunk

Photo of Thekkady in Idukki - Hilly, but #notinnorth ! by open durbar

The majestic pachyderm chills in his bath

Photo of Thekkady in Idukki - Hilly, but #notinnorth ! by open durbar

A few fowl at a spice plantation

Photo of Thekkady in Idukki - Hilly, but #notinnorth ! by open durbar

Kalaripayattu Centre in Thekkady/Kumily - a must-visit for their fire-acrobatics

Photo of Thekkady in Idukki - Hilly, but #notinnorth ! by open durbar

An evening walk to see how cardamom grows in the undergrowth

Photo of Thekkady in Idukki - Hilly, but #notinnorth ! by open durbar

That's a forest fire in the distance - no kidding!

Photo of Thekkady in Idukki - Hilly, but #notinnorth ! by open durbar

Mr. Kumaran was quite expeditious, and the Sterling property was exceptional

Photo of Thekkady in Idukki - Hilly, but #notinnorth ! by open durbar

The pool was so inviting, I wanted to dive in from my second-floor balcony - instead, I went down and backflipped into the water!

Photo of Thekkady in Idukki - Hilly, but #notinnorth ! by open durbar

Check out my entire Kerala + Tamil Nadu trip here:

https://opendurbar.wordpress.com/2018/06/25/kerala-pt-1-trivandrum-kovalam-poovar/

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