Mystic misty mountains in Periyar Tiger Reserve, the neighbor to Thekkady & Kumily
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
Panorama of a clear morning over Periyar
The lake formed by the Gavi Dam, which is used for leisure boating & birdwatching
The entrance to a wealth of wildlife
Bison spotted! I wonder why it was alone, wherever it may roam, to paraphrase Metallica
Wildlife conservation is serious business
An old cinnamon tree reaches skyward, perhaps seeking salvation
Raamba the elephant knocks one's breath out of the lungs with spectacular splashes from his trunk
The majestic pachyderm chills in his bath
A few fowl at a spice plantation
Kalaripayattu Centre in Thekkady/Kumily - a must-visit for their fire-acrobatics
An evening walk to see how cardamom grows in the undergrowth
That's a forest fire in the distance - no kidding!
Mr. Kumaran was quite expeditious, and the Sterling property was exceptional
The pool was so inviting, I wanted to dive in from my second-floor balcony - instead, I went down and backflipped into the water!
Check out my entire Kerala + Tamil Nadu trip here: