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Munnar Off The Beaten Path: 15 reviews and 28 photos
MIST MOVING UP AT DAWN
iam a restless person when it comes to making the most of 24 hours when on a travel sojourn.
after arriving from kochi the earlier evening i was still quite keen to get the earliest view out of the window of dawn breaking over munnar.
it was breathtaking!!!!
mists arising out of valleys as the early sunrays caressed the skies over munnar.
i quickly got into my gear.and randomly selected a path which took me to tea county resort where i hoped i would get the best view.
on the way i could see the early morning activities in this tea town. laborers having tea and small chat before the day began. women hurrying up to catch the jeeps which took them to the plantations.
i arrived at the gates of tea county the KTDC resort. it was a dead end but there was an alternative route which turned left and crossed a small stream and went up the hill.
fresh flowers showed their colors as the day became brighter.birds chirped butterflies flitted over flower beds honeybees droned.
as i continued uphill i warmed up nicely and my legs felt nice after the initial stiffness.
i stopped at every turn trying to take in as much i could.
small groups of students went uphill in groups.
as i neared the top of the hill a beautiful building stood at the top.
i climbed the last bend and could read that it was an engineering college.well the students learning here are the luckiest people. who would not love to learn in such salubrious and stimulating surroundings.
i rested a bit more to mediatate and allow my mind to feel the beautiful morning atmosphere.
today i was not in a hurry. time did not matter.
IN FULL FLOW
aituated between neriyamangalam and adimali on the right hand side while going towrads munnar.
beautiful roar and there is a small roadside stall where you can sip on black coffee while little raindrops fall outside.
the waterfall adds to the mysticism of the place especially on a cloudy monsoon afternoon.
MILKY WHITE WATERS IN A SEVEN STEP CASCADE
travelling from kochi to munnar after the initial steep ascent you suddenly come across a big white milky waterfall with a big roar.
known as cheeyapara the water cascades down in seven steps adding to the grandeur and the atmosphere.
unlike other waterfalls you can be very close to the waterfall without being in danger.a small observation culvert ensures that your vehicle is not on the road and allows you time to get out and refresh yourself.
BEST TIME TO VISIT august september just after the rains when the falls are at their magnificent best.
MAKE WAY FOR THE ELEPHANT
on the way to madupetty we came across "malathi" the cow elephant giving rides to excited foreign tourists.
along the roadside was a small canopy below the level of road which is her home.
at INR 150 per person maximum 3 people at a time it was a good deal remember it takes upto INR60000 pm to maintain an elephant.
so these rides add to the income of the "mahout"elephant keeper to sustain both of them.
sometimes these animals also get tired especially during peak tourist season.
the ride can be a daunting experience as you have to stretch your legs to the maximum so they start aching when you are over with the ride.there are some saddles where you can seat with legs on one side which is very comfy but then you miss out the view as the elephant makes forward progress.
elephant hairs are prickly and long.
elephants are preferrred mode of transport in wildlife viewings as they move so silently and their deftnes and agility is remarkable for their sheer size.
they can cover difficult terrains easily.
as you take the elephant ride you are quite a part of the spectacle as tourists in vehicles who have never seen an elephant stop and photograph the show.
AN ABSOLUTE MUST FOR ANY TRAVELLER TO INDIA.
also plz do not forget to feed a small bunch of bananas from nearby shop to these giants after work well done!!!!they love it.
HERD OF WILD ELEPHANTS
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