Showing posts from June, 2010

Senbagathope : Eastern Slope of Western Ghats


8th and 9th of May 2010 were public holidays, and even by noon of 7th , I was scratching my head to find an apt place to spend two days. Actually there aren’t muchplaces left near by, that we haven’t visited. Struck with ‘Senbakathope’ near Srivilliputhur in Tamil Nadu. Sembagathope is actually the other side of Periyar Tiger Reserve, which we had explored many times earlier. The place is famous for Grizzled squirrel- better known as Srivilliputhur Grizzled Squirrel Wildlife Sanctuary -and of course have all other fauna, characteristic of a Tiger Reserve, as they are not bothered of the state boundaries. Rang up Dinesh, who is a DFO with the forest dept., to ensure necessary arrangements for our stay and exploration. Then contacted Sunil to inform the discovery.

Route: Trivandrum - Nedumangad – Madathara – Thenmala – Aryankavu – Senkottai – Rajapalayam – Srivilliputhur

              As planed on the earlier day, Sunil and I, with our family,started off at 8.00 AM, in Sun…