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Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary Trekking and Butterfly Watching

Chinnar view point

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary near Marayoor in Idukki is really a paradise for both bird and butterfly watchers. The sanctuary has a different type of ecosystem compared to other forests in Kerala. It consists of grasslands, rocks, dry deciduous and thorns. Since this sanctuary is on the eastern side of the Sahyadri mountains, it receives low annual rainfall. This is the reason behind the different ecosystem.

I had been to Chinnar many times. And I think the place is noteworthy for its diverse butterfly population. Below you can read about the different trekking options at Chinnar. Also, see the photos.
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Marayoor Muniyara or Dolmens

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.

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Milky Way with Tokina 11-16 DX II

Milky Way

If you are looking to buy a budget lens for milky way photography, then Tokina 11-16mm lens is one of the best option for your APS-C or DX DSLR camera. 

In this article I am sharing my experiences shooting the Milky Way with Tokina 11-16mm DX II lens. I have been using this lens for a while for both astrophotography and landscapes. 

If you are going to buy your first astrophotography lens, then this article might help to clarify a few questions.

How much better is this lens compared to your normal kit lens…?

How bright is f/2.8 actually? What about f/3.5 or f/4?

Is it sharp enough…?

Let us try to answer these questions with a few examples.

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Munnar Gap Road – Nature at its best

Last month we had a trip to Munnar, which offered a great opportunity to experience the natural beauty of Western Ghats again. The return was via Gap Road (Lockheart Gap), which is a part of NH 49 (connecting Kochi and Dhanushkodi via Madurai). Both sides of the road give amazing views – mountains, tea gardens, forests and so on. Here are some pictures from the trip…

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