Sunday, August 02, 2015

Eravikulam National Park - Home of Nilgiri Tahr

28 June 2015

In our quest to visit waterfalls in Munnar we never thought about seeing nearby Eravikulam National Park. While driving back to Bengaluru via Udumalpet road, we saw the entrance to Eravikulam National Park. The place looked very organized with lot of parking place and safari vehicles waiting. It looked inviting and we decided to have a visit in spite of the delay it may cause to our return to Bengaluru.

Shola forests of Eravikulam
We were the first group of people that day. Hence we quickly got our tickets and boarded into safari bus. From the entry point, safari bus starts the climb towards the National park. Initial stretch is though tea gardens. Anaimudi, the highest peak in South India at 8411 feet was visible. It would have been great if trekking was not banned to this peak.

A huge waterfall was seen while climbing up. Though a monsoon waterfalls it looked beautiful.

The waterfall is just next to the road. The vehicle stopped for a while to view the falls.

There were other falls in the vicinity.

The vehicle stops at a point from where we are left to ourselves. We can hop on to any Safari vehicles that come throughout the day to return back. But there is not much that we could do there other than walking up for a km.  Forest guards were posted at many places to keep a watch on wandering visitors.

The National Park is home to the largest population of endangered Nilgiri Tahr. While one needs to be lucky to find them, the probability of seeing them is quite high. We did see them at couple of places. This is definitely the highlight of the safari.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Unnamed waterfalls of Munnar

June 2015

I have been writing about the waterfalls of Munnar for past few weeks. Though I knew about these waterfalls, their grandeur surpassed all my expectations. While we were looking for the known waterfalls, many more appeared on the way. Most of them were seasonal waterfalls like a flower that blossoms at a particular period. But they have their unique beauty. The rest of the post gives a glimpse of these falls.

While climbing Bodi ghat from Theni in Tamil Nadu, The contrast between rain shadow and monsoon area is clearly visible. At the place where they meet together is a small waterfall.

After crossing over to Kerala, another waterfall makes its appearance. Its presence inside canopy of tress makes to easy to miss. It resembled Badamane Abbi falls that I saw in Yelaneeru few years ago.

Out of three entry roads to Munnar, Munnar-Kochi road has the maximum number of waterfalls. Below is one such waterfall.

How does it look from the road? Here is another snap.

A big unnamed waterfall is at Segulam village. We could not go near the falls as a dam was being constructed. This falls might have a name considering its size and amount of water.

Here is another falls. To get a clear view we had to climb a bit.

Munnar Udumalpet road passes through Eravikulam National Park and has its own list of water beauties. As the road gradually meanders down the valleys many waterfalls makes it appearance. The prominent among them was quite far from the road. There might be a way to reach the base of the falls but we did not give a try.

After getting down the hills, we again enter into rain show area. But there are streams that flow from hills of western ghat. At a place called Karimutty, a small waterfall can be seen. It is a kind of commercial waterfall going by the number of people nearby.

There were many more waterfalls that we saw along the way. Either we did not stop for lack of time or we suffered from “waterfall fatigue” few times!! And there are few inside Eravikulam National park. That requires another post.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Lakkam waterfalls

28 June 2015

One of the waterfalls situated next to Munnar-Udumalpet road. It is hard to miss this falls as forest department has put huge boards mentioning about the waterfall on the road. An entrance fees needs to be paid to get into the falls.

There is another stage of this falls upstream. That requires additional permission from Forest Office. But they do not permit people to trek during monsoon season.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Nyayamakad waterfall at the entrance of Eravikulam National Park

28 June 2015

About 10 km from Munnar on Munnar-Udumalpet road stands a beautiful waterfall called Nyayamakad. It is easy to miss this falls but not the entrance of Eravikulam National Park. All you need to do is to park your vehicle at the parking lot and walk 100 meters back on the main road. The beautiful waterfall makes its appearance!! During monsoon you need to be content with seeing the falls from the road but post monsoon you can get down to the base. Nevertheless a beautiful falls that can be seen without much effort!!