Travel to Enchanting Kerala, God’s Own Country – Day 5

Travel Experience | | July 17, 2009 at 12:01 am


What a lovely morning it was, I blessed the hotel guys for not setting up the fans coz’ if they had put it then I would have surely put them on, whole night it was shivering cold and was raining heavily. The strong winds felt like they are going to blow me away anytime, after a quick breakfast I was out sailing on my own to look out for some places where I could visit, some of the famous places in Munnar were Rajamalai which was 15 kms away from Munnar, this is home to the last Nilgiri Tahr (a shy elusive endangered species), from Rajamalai you can view the highest peak of South India, ANAIMUDI at 8883 ft. other places included Tea museum, Madupetty, Echo point, Kundale, Top station, Luckom falls, Marayoor, Chinnar, Pallivasal and lots of other places.

welcomeGetting out of the hotel, was a quick photo session at the riverside on the river bridge, my hotel was 1 km from the main market of Munnar where people can shop for spices, dryfruits and tea. Munnar is especially famous for its tea plantations, different companies have their private manufacturing units here, you can get varied varieties of tea here, I will cover that topic on the later part. For now, let’s continue with my trip, we reached Eravikulam National park, let me give you quick details of the place, it was established in the year 1978 and it is known as one of the cleanest national parks across India. It has a total area of 97 sq km. It is situated at the place called Devikulam Taluka Idukki District, Kerala state. It has the latitude of 10° 10′, 10° 20′ N and longitude of 77° 0′, 77° 10′ E. the climate here is tropical montane, the winter temperature here stands at 3°C and summer maximum temperature at 29°C. The place receives the annual rainfall of 5000 mm, the humidity levels here stand at mean 80. The entire forest has varied vegetation types like suptropical broad leaved forests, southern montane wet temperate forests and southern montane wetgrass lands. The national park also houses some of the important animals and varied varieties of fauna like Nilgiri Tahr, tiger, Nilgiri marten, Asiatic elephant, sambar, gaur, Nilgiri langur, Asiatic wild dog, jackal, jungle cat, mongoose, barking deer, etc.

As I entered the park, we had to buy the tickets to enter the park, the authorities had their own bus to carry us inside, we rented few umbrellas as it was raining heavily, the hill was winding round and had steep slope, and we could see little waterfalls everywhere, some times we could even see few wild goats lazing around, eating grass. As we climbed upwards there were few big waterfalls, the splash of waters made me all refreshed, the water was icy cold. Our umbrellas were unfolding due to strong wind currents, we were all wet till the time we reached at the top, ahead there was restricted area where only officials could go, so that was the dead end for us where we started clicking photographs of waterfalls and wild goats which were grazing.

cowboyComing down the slope was easy as it was not raining and the winds had some mercy on us, back to hotel in no time we were having hot steamy food, I had the lovely taste of hot stunning Bhajiyas “fried vegetable balls”. In half an hour’s of time, we had to leave for our visit to see tea museum and the process of making tea in the KDHP (Kanan Devan Hills plantations) factory but unfortunately, the plant was closed for annual maintenance, we were all sad about it, but couldn’t help as we dint had any options. On the way back to hotel, we got down at KDHP’s sales outlet, where we could buy varieties of tea like clonal tea, organic tea, green tea, these were the main types under that, there were sub categories which included mint tea, iced tea, vanilla tea, lemon grass tea, rose tea, ginger tea, cardamom tea and other local tea from Kerala. I had already laid my hands on some of the varieties, other than this, there were different types of oils and spices too, the different oils for sale here, were oil of clove bud, cardamom oil, eucalyptus oil, cypress oil, eucalyptus citriodora oil, geranium oil, lemon grass oil, tea tree oil, rosemary oil and vetiver oil, all of these oils are known to have excellent medicinal properties, the oils are extracted from flowers, leaves, stalks, fruits, roots and also distilled from resins, they are said to contain hormones, antibiotics, vitamins and antiseptics that represent the life force, soul and spirit of plants.

We know that green tea has its own wondrous benefits, both the tea, black and green are a rich source of flavonols. Green tea has capability to regulate the body metabolism and reduce the risk of developing cardio vascular disease, cataracts, cancers, cognitive impairment, muscular degeneration, osteporosis, liver disease, Alzheimer’s diseases, and other major diseases. The proven health benefits of having green tea on a regular basis are:

  • It helps in weight loss
  • Lower blood sugar
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Slows down aging process
  • Reduces the risk of heart disease
  • Prevents colon cancer
  • Prevents arthritis
  • Helps reduce the risk of cancer
  • Reduces the risk of stroke
  • Lowers the risk of arterial blood clot
  • Boosts immune system

I was so engrossed in the shop, knowing different benefits of oils, herbs and spices here; I nearly spent 1 hour in the shop. I really salute the traditions of the people here and the wonderful methods they use for curing any type of disease in a very natural way. Tomorrow we are set to visit other places in Munnar and I am really excited about it, I am closing down my blog here as it has started raining heavily and I am all set to enjoy it, see you tomorrow to discuss more!!!

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  1. Fitness says:

    I never visited Kerala but while reading ur posts i get a feel ..Hope you had a great day there …

    Keep sharing the stuff

  2. vareeja says:

    Great writing! Very engrossing and generates a lot of interest…highly informative too! cheers

  3. Noah Alemany says:

    Helpful post… I’ve actually been looking at your blog site for quite a bit and I truly like what you have accomplished. Keep it up m8:)

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