Lakshmi Hills Munnar

When it comes to trekking in Munnar region, the popular option is the trekking to Meesappulimala – the second highest peak in the Sahyadris. But there are also various other beautiful and lesser known paths nearby. Lakshmi Hills is one such choice for trekking. It may not be as high as Meesappulimala in terms of elevation, but the landscape through which the route passes are beautiful, sometimes more than the other hills. Read more about the trekking and watch photos from my trekking to the place. [Read More…]

Ramakkalmedu Kuravan and Kurathi Statue

Ramakkalmedu is a small hill station in Idukki district, Kerala lying close to Tamil Nadu – Kerala border. The place is blessed with the wind blowing almost all the time. From the top of the hills, one can view the towns and vast stretches of the villages of Tamil Nadu. It is a nice place to relax by enjoying the breeze and the beautiful views. I had been there a couple of times. And in fact, I like this place more than even some of the other busy hill stations. [Read More…]

Chinnar view point

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary in Idukki is really a paradise for bird and butterfly watchers alike. The sanctuary has a different type of ecosystem compared to other forests in Kerala, with grasslands, rocks and dry forests. The reason is that its location is on the eastern side of the Sahyadri mountains. That results in less average annual rainfall. I had visited there once and that was in January 2016. [Read More…]

Muniyara or Dolmens of Marayur

Marayoor is a place at a distance of about 40 kilometers from Munnar – a major hill station in Idukki district of Kerala. Marayoor and its surrounding places are famous for Muniyara or Dolmens, the ancient megalithic structures which are believed to be from the Stone Age or late Neolithic Period. Until recently the importance of these structures were not recognized. As a result some of them even got destroyed. But after some excavations and studies were conducted to identify its historic significance, these are now preserved.

Here are some pictures and information I could collect during my visit to Marayoor and Chinnar. [Read More…]