Showing posts from February, 2011

Meenmutti - The Neyyar Descent

Meenmutti is a common name, used in Kerala, for falls, in the sense that they render the movement of fish (Meen), along the up flow, impossible. The Meenmutti of Neyyar is close to its origin, in the valley of the Agastya Hills of Western Ghats. In our last visit to this place, while we explored Tholadi, our plan to Meenmutti was shattered by the rain. Even this time, we weren't sure at the start, whether we would make it to the destination.

             Thus two families, Sunil's and mine, took off by around nine, on 15th January 2011. Reached Kottoor, within an hour and rang up Dinesh, our facilitator, as always. On his directions proceeded to Kappukadu, Elephant Rehabilitation Centre, to meet the forester in charge. 

Got him and revealed our plans to spent night at Meenmutti Forest Shed, near by the falls. This man, of course in good intentions, tried his level best, for our mind change. The arguments like the place is lonely and deep into the woods, no power supply, no toil…

Pandipath - The Horse Track Trail

The Western Ghats that border my tiny state of  Kerala in the east, runs along its entire length, and most of my weekends end on some heights of this mountain stretch. It wasn't amazing, to learn that many of my foreign friends envy me on this treasure, near by. The treasure hidden under the foliage are vivid, be it the endemic flora and fauna or the remains of historic invasions. These wooded mounts have been home for mankind for long and mother nature had been kind enough, to preserve at least a part of what they left behind. These include the paintings of Ezhuthu guha in Marayoor, that dates back to 10000BC, to the comparatively recent Tramway of Parambikulam .

         The stretch, east to the city of Trivandrum, the erstwhile Travancore, were generally known as Ashambu hills, and the British who ruled India, had an eye on the revenue, that can be tapped from these hillocks. They established coffee plantations, clearing the woods by 1860. But that didn't flou…